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AFGHANISTAN
Rush to Create Post-Taliban Government
Opposition groups, diplomats and aid agencies scrambled to fill the political vacuum left in Kabul and other key Afghan cities abandoned by Taliban fighters under the twin onslaught of U.S. bombing and Northern Alliance advances. But there were ominous signs that warlords were reclaiming their traditional fiefdoms, threatening the country with fragmentation. Air strikes against al-Qaeda targets continued past the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan as Taliban leaders remained defiant, and U.S. ground troops clashed for the first time with Taliban soldiers in the south. As...

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