US soldiers fan out in Afghan hunt

Hundreds of US troops hunting remnants of the al-Qaida network in eastern Afghanistan today fanned out into the mountains and villages.

Hundreds of US troops hunting remnants of the al-Qaida network in eastern Afghanistan today fanned out into the mountains and villages.

The American soldiers encountered no enemy fighters during the first day of the operation yesterday in the southern Sami Ghar mountains.

But attackers did fire 11 rockets at a US base in the eastern town of Orgun-E, near the Pakistani border, yesterday.

None landed closer than 500 yards from the base, Colonel Roger King said.

“We had a lot of rockets,” the US spokesman said at Bagram Air Base, headquarters for the coalition in Afghanistan.

“Last night, if you go with the total number of rockets that were launched it was probably the most in one evening in two months or two and a half.”

Another rocket attack and small arms fire took place early today on a US position in the central town of Deh Rahwood, he said. No coalition soldiers were injured, and it was not clear who carried out the attack.

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