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U.S. Holds 7 Suspected of Afghan Plot

Acting on intelligence reports, U.S. special forces detained seven men in southern Afghanistan for allegedly plotting attacks on coalition forces, an American military spokesman said Saturday. The seven were captured Friday in a raid on a compound in a village in the southwestern province of Helmand, said Col. Roger King, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. King said the seven were preparing to attack coalition troops with homemade bombs. Authorities declined to say whether any of the captured are suspected members of al-Qaida or the former Taliban government, which was ousted in a U.S.-led bombing campaign in late 2001. U.S. troops in Helmand province last week concluded a major operation launched after intelligence reports showed up to 100 Taliban fighters were active in the area. Full Story

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