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Leaks show Afghan deaths, covert ops, fears about insurgency

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some 90,000 leaked U.S. military records posted online amount to a blow-by-blow account of six years of the Afghanistan war.

The New York Times and London's Guardian were among the news organizations given early access to the documents by online whistle-blower WikiLeaks .

The records include detailed descriptions of raids carried out by a secretive U.S. special operations unit called Task Force 373 against what U.S. officials considered high-value insurgent and terrorist targets. According to the documentation, some raids resulted in unintended killings of Afghan civilians.

The Guardian reports that more than 2,000 senior figures from the Taliban and al-Qaida are on a "kill or capture" list. It was from this list that Task Force 373 selected its targets.

The New York Times says the documents also suggest Pakistan "allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders."

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