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Afghan Forces Attempt Rescue Soldiers Held Hostage By Taliban

Afghan authorities said Wednesday that a security operation is underway in a northern part of the country to rescue 16 soldiers and two foreigners who the Taliban took captive after their helicopter crash-landed in a district controlled by insurgents. Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told VOA the MI-17 helicopter owned by a private foreign company was on its way to Faryab province after taking off from the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif when it developed a problem forcing the...

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