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Taliban, Opposition Battle for Key City

September 11, 1997|From Times Wire Reports

Taliban warplanes bombed the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif as fighting erupted around the opposition stronghold and de facto capital for a second day, aid workers said. The Taliban army, which controls the southern two-thirds of the country and aspires to turn Afghanistan into a strict Islamic state, is battling a northern-based opposition coalition on at least four different fronts. Artillery guns fired several shells a minute around Mazar-i-Sharif, the aid workers said.

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