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Taliban Allies Kill 3 Guards Near Pakistan

Taliban supporters launched two more attacks on Afghan government troops overnight, continuing a new wave of violence against the American military presence in Afghanistan and American allies in the Afghan government. Three Afghan guards were killed when their checkpoint in southern Afghanistan was attacked at 1 a.m., Fazeluddin Agha, the local district chief, said. Fighting at the post at Wata, some 20 miles from Spin Boldak, the main border crossing to Pakistan, lasted an hour. Several guards escaped, and the attackers eventually withdrew. Mr. Agha said the attackers probably came across the border from Pakistan and returned there after the attack. Three Afghan soldiers were wounded in a second attack outside a United States base in Khost in eastern Afghanistan when their patrol vehicle was ambushed, a United States military spokesman, Col. Roger King, said. The men were badly injured and two of them were evacuated to Bagram air base, he said. The attacks seemed to be part of a campaign timed to coincide with the outbreak of war in Iraq. Full Story

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