Nato begins Afghan offensive

Operation to recapture town taken by Taliban gets under way.

    Musa Qala had been seized by
    Taliban forces on Thursday

    The attack was within a five-kilometre zone around Musa Qala, capital of the district of the same name, that British forces agreed not to penetrate in the controversial deal.
     
    Town stormed
     
    Colonel Thomas Collins, a spokesman for Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said the strike had taken place within the zone affected by the agreement.
     
    The strike "was thoroughly co-ordinated with the Afghan army and we were given permission," he said.
     
    Taliban fighters stormed Musa Qala town, disarming the police and occupying the district administrative centre.
     
    They alleged Nato forces had violated the deal with an air strike last week which the force said killed Taliban leaders.
     
    Nato denied the claim, saying the strike was outside the exclusion zone.
     
    The Nato offensive began on the same day that the US assumed control of the 33,000 Nato troops in Afghanistan.

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