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matching spanned lines with RegEx

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Is there a way to tell AutoIt to let .* match characters that span multiple lines?

For example:

$sTheData = "<tag1>" & @CRLF & _
        "<tag2>" & @CRLF & _
        "# some stuff here" & @CRLF & _
        "</tag2>" & @CRLF & _
        "<tag3>" & @CRLF & _
        "# some more stuff here" & @CRLF & _
        "</tag3>" & @CRLF & _
MsgBox(0,"Regular Expressions Test", StringRegExpReplace( $sTheData, "<tag2>.*</tag2>", ""))

This should strip out tag2 and all of its contents. But, since <tag2> and </tag2> are not on the same line, this does not work, because the .* stops matching at the CR or LF characters.

Any suggestions?

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