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Al-Qaida Remains Elusive in Afghanistan

U.S. troops and their allies are finding it tough to pin down Taliban and al-Qaida remnants, a fact driven home by fighting that sputtered out this week with little indication of who the enemy was or what gains, if any, had been made. The military says the fighters were loyalists of rebel warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. But former Taliban officials and other Afghans in Kandahar province, site of the fighting, say the men were remnants of the Taliban. They even name leaders: Sirajuddin and Abdul Rahman. Western intelligence, the United Nations and the rebels themselves say opponents of the United States and President Hamid Karzai have stepped up their recruiting and efforts to reorganize. Full Story

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