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Taliban, Rebels Fight Afghan, U.S. Forces

Radio intercepts indicate two top Taliban commanders are with dozens of rebels battling in the southern mountains against a blistering barrage from Afghan and U.S. forces, senior government officials said Thursday. The death toll from three days of fighting was reported at 114 — including 102 insurgents. Afghan officials said they had dealt the insurgency a body blow, but such claims have been made many times before in a war that refuses to wind down. Many Afghans fear an upsurge in fighting since spring could been a sign that the insurgency is strengthening, and Afghan and U.S. officials have warned that violence could get even worse before parliamentary elections in September. Full Story

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