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U.S. Envoy Warns of More Taliban Attacks

Taliban militants may be planning “spectacular attacks” against American-led coalition forces, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan said Tuesday, the second anniversary of the start of the war that ousted the hardline Islamic regime. The envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, urged neighboring Pakistan to take stronger action against Taliban insurgents and their al-Qaida allies who take shelter on its side of the border. “We know the Taliban have been more active in recent weeks and months and there are indications that they may be planning even larger attacks, more spectacular attacks,” Khalilzad said. “Our forces and our coalition partners are prepared to prevent and respond to any increased Taliban activity.” Last Thursday, Pakistan’s army swooped down on a suspected al-Qaida mountain hideout in the country’s northwest in its largest offensive against Osama bin Laden’s network. Eight suspected terrorists were killed and 18 captured. Full Story

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