- The Washington Times - Friday, December 21, 2001

President Bush yesterday moved to freeze the assets of two suspected terrorist groups, including an organization he said has provided information about chemical, biological and nuclear weapons to Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network.

Marking the 100th day since America was attacked by terrorists, Mr. Bush announced in a Rose Garden ceremony the United States would take "two more strikes against the financing of terror."

In an executive order, Mr. Bush ordered the freezing of assets controlled by Umnah Tameer-e-Nau (UTN), a Pakistani group the president said has helped bin Laden's terrorist network gain access to information about nuclear technology and other weapons of mass destruction.

The president ordered the same action against Lashkar e-Tayyaba (LET), also known as the Army of the Righteous, based in the disputed Kashmir region. The group has been identified by the State Department as a terrorist organization.

"LET is a stateless sponsor of terrorism, and it hopes to destroy relations between Pakistan and India and undermine Pakistani's president, [Gen. Pervez] Musharraf. To achieve its purpose, LET has committed acts of terrorism inside both India and Pakistan," Mr. Bush said.

The White House said LET is suspected of eight separate attacks in August that killed nearly 100 people, mostly Hindu Indians. In addition, LET militants are suspected of kidnapping six persons in Akhala, India, in November 2000 and killing five.

Mr. Bush said UTN was established by a former Pakistan atomic energy commission official and has been masquerading as a charity for the hungry in Afghanistan.

"We know that al Qaeda would like to obtain nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and we know that oftentimes they do not act alone. Al Qaeda has international supporters, and some of those supporters hide themselves in the disguise of charity," Mr. Bush said.

The president cited last week's attack on the Indian Parliament which left 12 dead and a car bombing in Srinagar in October that killed 30 as recent examples of terrorist attacks in India, but stopped short of accusing LET of being behind the attacks.

"I look forward to working with the governments of both India and Pakistan in a common effort to shut it down and to bring the killers to justice," Mr. Bush said of the LET.

Both Pakistan and India are nuclear powers. Pakistan is a key ally in Mr. Bush's war against terrorism, making tensions between the two central Asian nations a source of concern for the White House.

While neither group added to the list yesterday is believed to have assets in the United States, Mr. Bush said he is "putting the world on notice that anyone who continues to do business with UTN, and its principal figures, will not do business with the United States."

The White House also released a financial scorecard of the first 100 days since the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington, reporting the United States has:

•Designated 158 individuals and groups as subject to financial restrictions applied to supporters of terrorism.

•Blocked more than $33 million in assets of groups said to be involved in terrorism.

•Enlisted support from 142 countries that are cooperating in the U.S. anti-terror campaign.

The White House also said that since U.S. and British forces began bombing targets in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, the military has destroyed at least 11 terrorist training camps and 39 command posts of Afghanistan's Taliban militia. During that same period, the Defense Department's $51 million humanitarian mission air-dropped 2.5 million food packages.

Mr. Bush noted that in just 100 days, the United States has made the first indictment "against the terrorists, those murderers of September the 11th," and arrested one of the murderers of the 1986 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73.

"We and our coalition have done much in the past 100 days. And with the help of freedom-loving countries around the world, we will do much more to rid the world of evil and of terrorists," he said.

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