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Afghan special forces moved in on Taliban, only to find they had melted away

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By Danish Siddiqui KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Soldiers from Afghanistan’s special forces paused for a short prayer late on Sunday night on a deserted stretch of highway in the southern province of Kandahar. They do so each time they prepare to face Taliban militants in battle. The highly trained troops had been called in to flush out insurgents who attacked regular forces and local police hours earlier, only to find that the Taliban had disappeared into the darkness leaving behind a few civilians and wounded soldiers. “We received a report that the enemy had infiltrated here and wanted …

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