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British troops moving quickly into southern Afghanistan

British troops, backed for the first time by attack helicopters, pushed deep into rebel territories in southern Afghanistan that have not been under government control for 30 years. The operation in Helmand province, which British commanders on Sunday hailed as a success so far, is going much faster than expected, with soldiers also using small arms fire and light artillery to tackle Taliban fighters. Other hurdles, however, such as widespread poverty and a dependence on illegal opium production, will likely take much longer to overcome. Full Story

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