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    American planes bomb Bagram hideout BAGRAM, Feb 14: Suspected Taliban remnants fired rockets into a town in southern Afghanistan on Friday as US-led coalition
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      American planes bomb Bagram hideout

      BAGRAM, Feb 14: Suspected Taliban remnants fired rockets into a town
      in southern Afghanistan on Friday as US-led coalition planes carried
      out more raids on militant hideouts in a neighbouring province,
      officials said.

      An Afghan security official said two rockets landed in the town of
      Spin Boldak, on the Afghan-Pakistan border, early in the morning,
      while another landed near a Pakistani border post.

      He said Taliban remnants could have been responsible for the attacks,
      which did not cause any casualties or damage.

      Late last month US-led coalition forces pursuing remnants of the
      Taliban and their allies from the Al Qaeda network launched a major
      attack on a cave complex in a mountain area northeast of Spin Boldak.

      Coalition planes in a pre-dawn raid on Friday destroyed caves in the
      southwestern province of Helmand, where military officials said up to
      100 men suspected to be linked to the Taliban were holed up.

      A US military spokesman said an AC-130 gunship, B-1 bomber and A-10
      aircraft attacked the caves in Baghran valley, in Helmand province,
      where an ambush of U.S. special forces this week triggered the latest
      bombing raids.

      Afghan officials and residents in Helmand have said the coalition
      bombing had killed at least 17 people in Baghran valley since Sunday,
      but the U.S. spokesman said there was no evidence to back that.

      "There have been no reports of civilian or coalition casualties based
      upon the searches that were done yesterday," Colonel Roger King told
      reporters.

      He said there could be 30 to 100 suspected enemy fighters in the area
      in what could be the biggest concentration since a group of rebels
      was attacked near the Spin Boldak mountains, in neighbouring Kandahar
      province, late last month.

      "It is a relatively long valley, who knows, there may be more
      somewhere else," he told reporters at coalition headquarters in
      Bagram, north of Kabul.

      There has been an increase in rebel activity in recent weeks in
      southern Afghanistan.

      U.S. military officials say an invasion of Iraq could trigger
      militant strikes in Afghanistan.

      The province, like Kandahar, was a stronghold of the Taliban and
      officials say there is still some support for the hardline group. -
      Reuters

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top15.htm&date=20030215



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