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Afghan guerrillas regain part of key valley, diplomats say

Anti-Marxist guerrillas have regained command of the upper part of a strategic Soviet-occupied valley which controls key supply routes in Afghanistan , Western diplomats said Tuesday.

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The rebels appeared to be in control of the part of the Panjshir Valley, extending from Khenj to the Anjuman mountain pass in the north.

The 100-mile-long gorge was captured nearly three months ago by Soviet and Afghan government forces, forcing rebel leader Ahmad Shah Masoud and his fighters to retreat.