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Afghan officials see Taliban resurgence

Nearly two years after a US-led invasion ousted the Taliban, insurgents from the fallen regime have returned in force and are now waging a military and political war against the pro-Western government and the aid workers who are helping the new administration, Afghan officials and Western diplomats say. President Bush raised concerns about the resurgent Taliban when he met with Pakistan’s president, Pervez Musharraf, in New York yesterday, US aides said. A day earlier, senior US officials said, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan had complained to Bush that the Taliban are moving freely across the border from Pakistan into Afghanistan. Musharraf told reporters later that his government is working hard to curtail Taliban activity on the Pakistani side of the border, in part through improved intelligence. He said the Taliban are not conventional enemies who can be confronted head on, but guerrillas hiding out in small groups. Full Story

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