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In early March 2002 a previously un-acknowledged American helicopter base at Pul-i-Kandahar, in the desert about 20 miles west of Kabul, was a base for as many as 15 Chinook transport helicopters, as well as Apache and Cobra attack helicopterst. The aircraft conducted sorties in support of operations around Gardez and Shah-i-Kot, about 50 miles to the south of the operating location. After periods lasting one to two hours, the helicopters would return to refuel and head out with fresh troops and supplies. [SOURCE: "U.S. Adds Troops And Helicopters In Afghan Battle," By John F. Burns, New York Times March 7, 2002, Pg. 1]

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