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Afghan talks before new coalition thrust

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A key Shura - council of Afghan tribal elders - is being held in the Helmand provincial capital Lashkar Gar to consider Operation Mushtarak and persuade tribes of to side with the government. British and American forces have been laying the ground for the operation over the last weeks.

Correspondent Ian Pannell joined the Grenadier Guards in the Nad Ali area in central Helmand.

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