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Monday, 11 March, 2002, 14:03 GMT
In pictures: Afghan operations wind down
US-led forces are lowering the pace of their attacks on al-Qaeda and Taleban positions in mountains near the city of Gardez.

Although several hundred US soldiers have returned to their base at Bagram north of Kabul, around 1,000 Afghan troops are being sent in to continue Operation Anaconda.

US soldiers step off a helicopter at Bagram Air Base
Soldiers from the US Airborne and Mountain Divisions return to Bagram

Soldiers returning from Operation Anaconda head off toward bivouacs
The battles with Taleban and al-Qaeda fighters around Gardez were fierce

US soldier reading letter
Once out of action, the soldiers catch up with the mail

Plumes of smoke from a B-52 bombing run
The assault on Shah-i-Kot mountains continue from the air

Soldiers aim assault rifles
Other soldiers are still battling Taleban and al-Qaeda pockets

Soldiers cleaning weapons
While some soldiers rest, others prepare for combat

Soldiers firing 120mm mortar
And action is joined as soldiers fire mortars at mountain targets

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