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Afghan al-Qaida Sweep a Daunting Task

In sight of Osama bin Laden’s last known redoubt, and spitting distance from one of the least-tamed borders in the world, a group of young Afghan soldiers erected a lonely tent Monday — a humble outpost meant to discourage al-Qaida and Taliban fighters from slipping back and forth from Pakistan. The work is part of a U.S., Afghan, and Pakistani effort to cut off al-Qaida’s mobility — and officials say they are hopeful it will produce results. Pakistani troops guided with U.S. satellite intercepts and local intelligence last week poured through the remote tribal region of South Waziristan, 100 miles south of this dusty village. Pakistani rapid reaction forces have also secretly targeted North Waziristan, which is directly across the border from Satiwan, according to two Pakistani intelligence officials who spoke to The Associated Press last week on condition of anonymity. Full Story

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