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Afghan Taliban Cede Ground in the South, but Fears Linger

By CARLOTTA GALL
Published: June 11, 2011

MARJA, Afghanistan — The poppy harvest is over and the fighting season has arrived in southern Afghanistan — except this year the Taliban have not returned in their usual numbers to intensify the war, Afghans across the region say.

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