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U-S Forces Continue Sweep For al-Qaida, Taleban - 2002-06-05


U-S forces have blown up several caves in eastern Afghanistan as part of the continuing search for remaining al-Qaida and Taleban fighters.

A U-S military spokesman said (Monday) about 110 U-S soldiers conducted a sweep of the mountainous area near the Pakistani border.

He said the U-S troops did not encounter any Taleban or al-Qaida fighters or discover any weapons.

The troops were searching the caves for intelligence information and other remnants of enemy fighters. After completing the sweep, they sealed off the caves with the explosives.

Coalition forces have been combing eastern Afghanistan and areas around the Pakistani border for several months in the ongoing search for militants. Troops have focused much of their search on cave complexes and other known al-Qaida and Taleban hideouts.

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