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Afghanistan: Taliban Reports Battles In Two Regions

Kabul, 7 April 1997 (RFE/RL) - Afghanistan's Taliban militia said today that it is engaged in new battles with opposition forces in both the northwest and east.

Officials of the islamist militia are quoted by the pro-Taliban Afghan Islamic Press as saying that their forces have attacked opposition forces led by northern warlord Rashid Dostum in the northwestern Badghis province.

Taliban officials are also quoted as saying their troops had repelled an opposition attack in the eastern province of Laghman. They said that attack had involved forces of Ahmad Shah Masood, the former military commander for the government ousted from Kabul last year when Taliban captured the capital. Neither report could be confirmed independently.

Taliban, which holds some two-thirds of the country, has imposed strict Islamic rule in areas under their control.