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U.S. to step up Afghan patrols

U.S. troops will step up patrols with Afghan forces and U.N. security staff under a new operation to protect the country’s post-Taliban elections, the military said. Combat operations will be carried out only “when necessary” to shield presidential elections set for October 9 and a parliamentary vote next spring, a statement said late Wednesday. Lt. Gen. David Barno, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, announced the start of Operation Lightning Resolve in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday.Full Story

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