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Fierce Fighting and a Kidnapping in Afghanistan

Fierce bouts of factional fighting erupted on Friday across Afghanistan, and a Turkish road engineer was reported kidnapped by suspected Taliban fighters, officials said Saturday. Fighting between the local police and a militia chief broke out on Friday in the center of the town of Gereshk, in southern Afghanistan, killing at least six people just yards from a United States Special Forces base, local officials said. Factional fighting was also reported in northern Afghanistan, where rival warlords have been vying for months for control of territory. Five soldiers were killed in clashes between two groups on Friday in Sar-i-Pul Province, an official from one faction told Reuters. The violence was another blow to the government of President Hamid Karzai. But the biggest setback was the kidnapping of the engineer, who was working on the American-financed project to improve the main highway south from Kabul. It is the biggest construction project in the country and a flagship of American commitment to reconstruction. Full Story

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