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Thursday, 7 March, 2002, 12:48 GMT
In pictures: Operation Anaconda
US-led forces are intensifying their assault on al-Qaeda and Taleban positions in mountains near the city of Gardez.

The mission, called Operation Anaconda after the snake which encircles and crushes its victims, has met fierce resistance.

Soldier from US 101st Airborne Division
More than 1,000 US troops have been deployed in the area

Cobra attack helicopter takes off from USS Bonhomme
They are being supported by attack helicopters and bombers

US transport helicopter
Transport helicopters continually fly in fresh troops and supplies

Soldiers from US 101st Airborne Division
But the enemy are proving hard to find

US troops digging in
Advancing troops have come under guerilla-style attacks from al-Qaeda and Taleban fighters

Injured US soldier
US forces have suffered their heaviest casualties of the war in this battle

Soldiers keep warm by a fire
The cold is another enemy

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (right)
But US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says it is only a matter of time before the allies are victorious

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