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U.S. Troops, Afghan Guerrillas Skirmish

Guerrillas fired mortars and machines guns at U.S. soldiers in eastern Afghanistan, an area that has seen repeated clashes in recent months, officials said Monday. Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division, based in Fort Drum, N.Y., came under attack Saturday as they patrolled near a U.S. base in Paktika province a few miles from the border with Pakistan, the American military said in a statement. The guerillas, believed to be al-Qaida or remnants of the Taliban, traded fire with the U.S. troops for about an hour before fleeing toward the Pakistan border. There were no reported casualties. The battle was the latest in a series in the south and east of the country that suggests a growing boldness by Taliban and their al-Qaida allies. Full Story

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