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Afghan President to Meet Bush at Camp David in August


The White House says President Bush will meet his Afghan counterpart next month for talks on security in Afghanistan and the U.S.-led war on terror.

Mr. Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai are to hold talks at Camp David, the U.S. presidential retreat in Maryland, on August 5 and 6.

A statement from the White House says the presidents will examine efforts to enhance Afghanistan's long-term democracy, prosperity and security. They also are expected to address ways to fight militant attacks, corruption and the booming drug trade, as well as measures to boost the Afghan economy.

U.S. coalition forces in Afghanistan are battling a resurgent Taleban rebellion, with southern Afghanistan hard-hit in that have left thousands dead.

Counter-offensives by U.S.-led and NATO forces have led to a number of civilian deaths. President Karzai has reacted strongly, accusing foreign soldiers of using extreme force.

U.S. and NATO commanders have pledged to review their military procedures, but also have accused Taleban militants of using civilians as human shields.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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