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American troops bolster Kurd uprising in north

Fierce fighting erupted in northern Iraq between government forces and Kurdish opposition fighters yesterday as the stalled US effort to open a second front here got a much needed boost with the arrival of American combat troops. Four cargo planes landed under cover of darkness early yesterday, off-loading attack helicopters and at least 150 combat troops at the Bakrajo airstrip, some 10 miles west of Sulaymaniyah in the eastern half of Kurdish-controlled territory. Kurdish military officials in the area described the arrival of American troops as an 11th-hour attempt to open a northern front in the US-led campaign to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, which has been complicated by Turkey’s refusal to allow an American invasion force to enter Iraq from its territory. Full Story

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