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US troops recapture key Afghan region

One of the most fiercely contested areas of Afghanistan is the Arghandab Valley - a key route into Kandahar City.

Now a surge of American troops has recaptured many areas previously lost to the Taliban, and with promises to repair the destruction and compensation payouts, people are now returning.

From there, the BBC's Quentin Sommerville reports.

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