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U.S. Announces New Offensive Against Taliban and Al Qaeda

American military officials announced Saturday that they had mounted a new military operation against fighters for Al Qaeda and the Taliban in eastern and southern Afghanistan. But they played down the significance of the step, saying it was not a sweeping “spring offensive” organized to capture the fugitive Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty, a spokesman for American-led coalition forces in Afghanistan, said in a telephone interview that the operation had begun on March 7 and that it involved no additional American forces. He said that there were no plans for a large spring offensive and that the new operation would include previously used tactics, like increased raids, patrols, village searches and checkpoints. Full Story

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