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Suspected Taliban Attack Afghan Checkpoint, Kill 8

Suspected Taliban guerrillas opened fire on a security checkpoint in Afghanistan’s insurgency-gripped south, killing eight soldiers, a provincial official said on Saturday. Using machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades, the militants ambushed the soldiers late on Friday evening in Nimroz province, about 435 miles southwest of the capital Kabul, said Nimroz provincial governor Abdul Karim Brawy. Driven from power by U.S.-led forces in late 2001, the Taliban have declared a jihad, or holy war, on foreign and Afghan government troops and aid organizations. Since August last year, more than 600 people have been killed in violence, much of it blamed on the resurgent Taliban. Full Story

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