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Taliban get foothold in parts of Afghanistan: US military
www.chinaview.cn 2006-05-24 15:59:38

    KABUL, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Spokesman of the U.S.-led coalition forces Wednesday acknowledged that remnants of the former fundamentalist Taliban regime have gotten footholds in parts of the post-Taliban country.

    "There is no doubt that Taliban have influenced in certain areas," Tom Collins told journalists at a regular weekly press briefing here.

    He made this comment amid increasing militancy in the mountainous southern region where hundreds of Taliban loyalists are said to have hidden.

    Taliban-led insurgency has claimed the lives of more than 300 people including five foreigners over the past one week.

    Commenting on the number of Taliban operatives active in the militancy-hit southern region, the spokesman said that hundreds of the militants were active there to make influence.

    "I imagine several hundred hard core Taliban fighters go and make influence in some parts of Kandahar, Helmand and Uruzgan provinces," Col. Collins asserted. Enditem

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