Meanwhile, Back at the Other War

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ON PATROL: U.S. forces secure an Afghan village in the search for Taliban and al-Qaeda

While attention is diverted to the war in Iraq, hostilities in Afghanistan are heating up. In the past three weeks, two special — forces men were killed in an ambush, three Afghan soldiers had their throats slit at a lonely checkpoint, and an international aid worker was gunned down in Uruzgan province.

A former top Taliban chief, Mullah Dadullah, told the BBC in a phone interview that the warrior clerics were coming out of hiding to renew their war against Afghan leader Hamid Karzai and the U.S.-led coalition backing him up. Dadullah claimed the clerics...

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