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Bob Ainsworth warns of difficulties faced by Afghans

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Improvised explosive devices are stopping civilians leaving an area where UK soldiers are to begin a huge operation, the defence secretary says.

Operation Moshtarak is designed to force Taliban militants from the area surrounding the town of Marjah in Helmand province.

Bob Ainsworth told the Commons Defence Committee he wished to avoid any civilian casualties.

Jonathan Beale reports.

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