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CAPTION ONLY: ARTILLERY ONSLAUGHT IN AFGHANISTAN

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A Taliban gunner fires a 122 mm howitzer from his position 13 miles north of Kabul, near the front line of combat between the Taliban and opposition troops. Fighting on Monday, some of the heaviest in the past week, came just hours before U.N.-sponsored peace talks on the future of Afghanistan were to begin in New York.