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Afghan Fighting

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Afghan Fighting

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General Tommy Franks comments on the U.S.-led offensive to finish off al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan that began last week. (:51) NPR's Steve Inskeep reports on how those fighters have used that region to avoid capture. It's mountainous, and the border with Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province is porous. Extended families of ethnic Pashtuns don't have strong national ties with either Afghanistan or Pakistan.