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September 15, 2001

U.S. fears attacks by 'sleepers'

( Clyde Weatherhead ) The act of terrorist violence carried out in New York and Washington yesterday must be condemned.

At the same time, the people of the US, the ordinary Joes and Janes who have paid with their lives and suffering, and all of us must understand that this was the inevitable backslash of a decades-long history of 'might-is-right' state terrorism by the Empire builders of the 'New World Order' of US global domination. Full Article

U.S. fears attacks by 'sleepers'

( ) Security measures tightened nationwide yesterday to prevent "sleeper agents" from mounting new terrorist attacks, as the Justice Department identified the 19 hijackers who slammed three jetliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Tuesday in hellish attacks that killed thousands.

With as many as 100 suspected accomplices still on the loose, increased security measures were visible yesterday throughout the country, particularly in the nation's capital. Buildings continue to be searched and evacuated. Suspicious persons have been pulled off planes in New York and ordered out of cars at gunpoint in the District. Full Article

Giles Foden on the murky deals

( ) During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, US officials passed billions in funding and training to the mojahedin. The CIA, in particular while under the direction of William Casey - head of the agency during the Reagan administration - was the main manager of these operations. With the Russian withdrawal in 1989, the CIA "celebrated its victory with champagne". So says Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism (Pluto Press, 12.99), the definitive account by ABC journalist John Cooley.

The celebrations, under the presidency of George Bush senior (himself a former CIA director), were premature. The sophisticated methods taught to the mojahedin, and the thousands of tonnes of arms supplied to them by the US - and Britain - are now tormenting the west in the phenomenon known as "blowback", whereby a policy strategy rebounds on its own devisers. The sins of the father, it might well be said, are being heaped on the head of the son. Full Article

Taliban diplomat says bin Laden free to leave

DUBAI (Reuters) - An Afghan Taliban diplomat says that Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden, a prime suspect in the terror attacks on the United States, is free to leave Afghanistan but will not be forced out.

"If the man wanted to leave of his own will, we will not stop him. But if he wanted to stay in Afghanistan, we cannot make him leave," the Taliban charge d'affaires in the United Arab Emirates, Aziz al-Rahman, told Abu Dhabi television in an interview aired early on Saturday. Full Article

What now for the Taleban?

( BBC ) But, contrary to what you hear from Western politicians, military analysts and journalists, it's not true that the Taleban and Osama Bin Laden are jointly part of some big international terrorist consortium.

Bin Laden is the guest of the Taleban in Afghanistan, and their leader, the reclusive one-eyed Mullah Omar, approves of him and is his personal friend. Hence the scope Bin Laden has to pursue his terrorist activities.

The Taleban themselves aren't a terrorist outfit as such. They show no great interest in the outside world, one way or another. Full Article

U.S. must end Afghan war to defeat bin Laden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - To have any hope of wrecking Osama bin Laden's alleged network of terror cells, the United States must end Afghanistan's civil war, a top aide to Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has said.

This was the same message the Central Asian state gave the United Nations two years ago, when it said the conflict between the hardline Taliban and its northern alliance enemies was a threat to international security, said the aide, Altymbek Sarsenbayev. Full Article

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