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G.I.'s Move in Strength Against Afghan Rebels

American forces have begun a large-scale operation in the Shahikot Mountains in southeastern Afghanistan, returning there to flush out rebels once more from the scene of a two-week battle against the Taliban and Al Qaeda last year. Afghan security officials reported last week that Jalaluddin Haqqani, the Taliban’s chief of staff, together with several Arab fighters, had returned recently to the area, where they fought American troops last spring. Seven American soldiers died and 11 were wounded after the Taliban brought down two American helicopters on March 4 last year in what was the American military’s deadliest day in its war against the Taliban. Some 500 United States troops have been deployed in the latest campaign, which began on Monday. Full Story

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