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U.S. to adjust tactics in fight against Taliban

America’s top general in Afghanistan on Tuesday promised a renewed focus on the hunt for Osama bin Laden and a new strategy for dealing with a revitalized Taliban insurgency. Lt. Gen. David Barno, predicting a “critical year” ahead for Afghanistan and the U.S. military effort, also said he was confident that bin Laden and other Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders would be caught before 2005. “Their day has ended, and this year will decisively sound the death knell of their movements in Afghanistan,” Barno said at a ceremony marking the relocation of the U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan to Kabul from Bagram air base, an hour’s drive outside the capital. “Our military operations are taking on a new form. As the enemy has shifted his tactics, we, too, have adjusted,” said Barno, who commands the 11,000-strong U.S. force in Afghanistan. Full Story

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