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Afghan government jets launched an air strike yesterday on the eastern city of Jalalabad, which was captured by rebels on Wednesday. The jets dropped bombs near a cluster of strategic buildings, witnesses and UN officials said. At least one of the jets dropped its load near the historic Winter Palace, where hundreds of rebel troops are camped out. Initial reports indicated five people were killed and at least three buildings were completely destroyed.

The assault came as the Taliban rebels, who control about two-thirds of the country, were increasing their push to the east, capturing Laghman and Kunar provinces on Friday and Saturday. AP - Jalalabad