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Fighters who shot down U.S. chopper are alive: Taliban

KABUL — The Taliban insisted Thursday that the fighters who shot down a US helicopter, killing 38 troops in Afghanistan, were still alive, despite a US announcement that they had been killed. US General John Allen, commander of the NATO-led international force in Afghanistan, said Wednesday that those responsible for…

More than 1,700 Taliban fighters join Afghan reintegration program

WASHINGTON — More than 1,700 former Taliban combatants have turned in their weapons to join a reintegration program started by the Afghan government nearly a year ago, the NATO general in charge of the program said Thursday. “So far we’ve got about 1,740 former fighters who have formally joined the…