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British PM Meets with Afghan President in Kabul


British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul to discuss a new strategy to fight what he calls the "crucible of terrorism" in the mountainous border district with Pakistan.

Mr. Brown said Monday that Britain wants Afghan authorities to begin taking over responsibility for security from foreign forces province by province, much like the process followed in Iraq. He says this strategy stresses the need to train tens of thousands more Afghan soldiers.

Mr. Brown says he will fly to Pakistan to meet Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari later Monday. He says his new strategy for combatting Taliban in the region will approach the countries in what he called a "different, but complimentary" manner.

Afghan and coalition forces killed five militants and detained 12 others Monday during operations to disrupt bomb-making networks in southern and eastern Afghanistan.

The U.S. military says troops were trying to search several compounds in a village in southern Kandahar province when armed militants shot at them. Troops returned fire, killing five militants.

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

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