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Afghan, U.S.-Led Force in Big Anti-Rebel Push

More than 1,000 Afghan and U.S.-led foreign troops backed by tanks and aircraft are pursuing Taliban and al Qaeda militants in a big operation in the south of Afghanistan, a local commander said on Thursday. Haji Sayed Mohammad, a military commander in Zabul province, said the operation was being carried out in several districts, including Arghandab, Naubahar and Shinki. “Around 100 troops of allied forces and over 1,000 Afghan soldiers are participating and they have been supplemented by jets and tanks,” he told Reuters by telephone. He said some Taliban guerrillas had been captured while witnesses said U.S. warplanes had bombed suspected guerrilla hideouts. Full Story

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