SLUG: 2-287067 Afghan / Pentagon
TITLE=AFGHAN/PENTAGON (S ONLY)
BYLINE= ALEX BELIDA
INTRO: One American soldier has been killed and an unspecified number of others wounded in fighting against al-Qaida and Taleban forces regrouping in eastern Afghanistan. V-O-A Pentagon Correspondent Alex Belida reports at least two allied Afghan soldiers have also been killed.
TEXT: U-S military officials say the casualties occurred in a coalition offensive against al-Qaida and Taleban fighters who had been regrouping south of Gardez in eastern Afghanistan.
The assault began late Friday and is continuing. A military spokesman says the attack is being carried out mainly by U-S-backed Afghan forces. The spokesman gives no other details.
But word of the assault follows the disclosure by a top military spokesman on Friday that U-S forces had been monitoring a build-up of hundreds of hostile forces in the area.
The fighting underscores the Pentagon's assertion that the war against terrorism in Afghanistan is far from over. (Signed)
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