- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Major Kashmir groups not named on list
NEW DELHI Frontline guerrilla outfits fighting Indian rule in Kashmir were left off a list of people and groups whose assets in the United States have been frozen by President Bush.
Only one of the outfits named on the terrorist list, Harakat-ul-Mujahideen, has had any history of activity in India's Jammu and Kashmir state.
And even that group has faded into the background of the insurgency in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region in recent years, leaving the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Jaish-e-Mohammad a newcomer at the forefront.
"What we're hearing on the Indian side is the Lashkar, the Jaish and the Hizb. They're the three we worry about the most, and none of them appears there," said Kanti Bajpai of New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University, referring to the U.S. list.

Taliban warned on blocking food
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned Afghanistan's Taliban rulers yesterday that the world would hold them accountable for cutting off food aid that millions of Afghans depend on for survival.
"Those who deliberately withhold food supplies from starving people, and attack or impede humanitarian relief workers, whether local or international, should know that the international community will hold them responsible," Mr. Annan said yesterday.
The Taliban shut down the U.N. communications network, took over the world body's office in the city of Kandahar and seized 1,400 tons of food aid as Washington prepared to retaliate for deadly attacks against the United States.
The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said it was preparing for an exodus of another 1.5 million Afghans, joining some 3.5 million who left their country in years prior to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Sudan not offering military facilities
KHARTOUM, Sudan The Sudanese government has denied a report that Sudan has offered the United States military facilities for its planned war on terrorism.
Following a briefing he gave to President Omar Bashir, Foreign Minister Mustafa Ismail categorically denied to journalists that his government had offered the military bases on Sudanese territories.
He also denied that Khartoum had turned in people or lists of people to the United States. He was referring to rumors that his government had handed a number of Islamists to Egypt and the United States.

Germany's special forces may help U.S.
BERLIN Germany's special forces unit KSK, which may take part in the U.S. response to this month's attacks on New York and Washington, is considered among the best in the world, alongside Britain's SAS and the U.S. Delta Force.
"They are in the premier league, there's absolutely no doubt about that whatsoever," Maj. Charles Heyman, editor of defense publication Jane's World Armies, said of the "Kommando Spezialkraefte" (KSK), or special commando forces. "They are capable of fulfilling any sort of mission they are given in that Gulf/Afghanistan area."
The KSK has about 1,000 troops stationed in the Black Forest town of Calw in southwest Germany. One of its forerunners, the GSG 9, rescued hostages from a hijacked airliner in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in 1977. German media have reported that the KSK may be used to rescue German and American hostages held in Afghanistan.

French police charge seven
PARIS French police have charged seven suspected Islamic extremists in connection with planned terrorist attacks on U.S. interests in France, a source close to the investigation said yesterday.
The seven were arrested on Friday under a probe led by French anti-terrorist authorities and were charged with "associating with known criminals with the intention of preparing terrorist acts."
The network, said to be headed by Djamel Beghal, a Franco-Algerian arrested in Dubai in July, reportedly planned to attack U.S. interests in France, including the embassy in Paris and the consulate in the southern city of Marseilles.
Several reported members of his network have also been arrested in Belgium and the Netherlands. In Belgium, police also seized chemical products used to make bombs.

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