Afghan Gov't In Control of Taliban Stronghold

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The Afghan government is now officially in control of the city of Marjah, the Taliban's southern stronghold.

The government held a ceremony in the center of town appointing a new leader and raising Afghanistan's national flag.

Residents are starting to return home and shops opening are back up - a sign the U.S. led assault on on the city was a success.

"When an area has been liberated and cleared, then we provide governance immediately, we provide development assistance, we provide the local community with a better livelihood," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

Fifteen thousand U.S. and NATO troops took part in the two week operation. However, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said Thursday the situation there remains dangerous. Crude explosives are the biggest threat.

The Taliban's loss of Marjah comes as officials have arrested several of their key leaders in Pakistan.



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