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US-Backed Offensive Hits Taliban

June 20, 2008

Afghan and NATO troops, backed by helicopter gunships, launched a massive counter-attack against Taliban militants occupying villages near Kandahar.

This fighting comes as the US-led forces face the most menacing spring offensive the Taliban have launched since 2001.

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NATO's success now hinges on cooperation with neighboring Pakistan, whose porous borders allow free movement of Taliban fighters between the two countries.

Questions now are emerging about what role Pakistan will play in further military action along the Afghanistan border.

Reports are surfacing that Pakistan’s ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence] is tipping off Pakistani tribal leaders who have close ties to the Taliban about when an attack might come, with an under-the-table relationship between sections of the Pakistan military, the ISI, tribal leaders, and perhaps even al-Qaeda. is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest. 

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