Taliban turn up heat for NATO mission in Afghan south

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  • Tuesday, 25 Jul 2006

KABUL (Reuters) - Three months ago, Britain's then defence minister said NATO-led troops were determined to reconstruct and leave southern Afghanistan without firing a shot. 

Since then hundreds of people have been killed in attacks, hit-and-run raids and suicide bombings by Taliban guerrillas and their Islamic allies in what has been the most intense period of insurgency since the Taliban were removed from power in 2001. 

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