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Foes Tighten Net on Taliban in North

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From Times Wire Reports

Opposition forces were closing in on a force of the fundamentalist Taliban religious army stranded in the northern town of Pul-i-Khumri, Taliban fighters said. They said the Taliban had retreated on front lines north and south of the town, about 100 miles north of the capital, Kabul. Meanwhile, a Taliban statement issued in Kabul gave Iran 48 hours to close its embassy and evacuate its nationals. The Taliban has accused Iran of supporting an alliance of forces loyal to the deposed government.

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