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U.S. Launches Operation in Afghanistan

U.S.-led coalition forces poured into border areas in eastern Afghanistan to prevent insurgents from crossing in from Pakistan to launch attacks, the U.S. military said Saturday. Operation Unified Resolve began this week in Gosta and nearby districts of Nangarhar province, an area near the Pakistan frontier that has “historically served as an al-Qaida stronghold,” U.S. military spokesman Col. Rodney Davis said in an e-mailed statement from Bagram Air Base. After setting a base this week in Jalalabad, the bulk of the U.S. forces involved on Saturday “conducted an air assault and ground movement in order to rapidly position forces along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border … to prevent threat elements from crossing the border,” Davis said. The mission was described as a “cooperative combat and civil affairs operation” that was part humanitarian, part military. “We’re assessing villages to determine their needs for wells, schools, roads, irrigation systems and medical clinics while simultaneously demonstrating our ability to hinder the enemy’s movement and apply pressure whenever and wherever we choose,” Davis said. Full Story

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