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Official: Afghans, U.S. to Attack Al Qaeda Fighters

Afghan and U.S. forces will soon launch an attack on al Qaeda militants who fled from an offensive in Pakistan’s tribal lands into Afghanistan, an Afghan official said Sunday. Pakistani troops fought a 12-day battle against about 500 al Qaeda fighters and their Pakistani tribal allies on Pakistan’s western border with Afghanistan last month. The Pakistani military said about 200 were captured or killed. The governor of Afghanistan’s Paktika province, Haji Gulab Mangal, said a large number of militants had escaped from the fighting in Pakistan’s South Waziristan and taken refuge in Afghan mountains. “Afghan forces have been told to be ready and soon an operation along with allied forces will be carried out against these elements,” Mangal told Reuters by telephone. Full Story

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