- The Washington Times - Monday, September 17, 2001

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian intelligence officials say they have shared sensitive information with the United States about Islamic extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including photographs, maps — and footage of militants using a picture of former President Bill Clinton for target practice.
A top Indian intelligence official said the information included evidence describing how Osama bin Laden and other Muslim militant leaders were financing guerrilla groups and running armed training camps in Pakistan and southern Afghanistan.
The official said the intelligence gathered over the years by India — Pakistan's eastern neighbor and its enemy in three wars since 1947 — can be of crucial help in the American investigation into the attacks.
The documents provided to U.S. investigators included transcripts of conversations among militant groups and descriptions, locations, photographs and video footage of camps, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
He said video clips showed members of groups including Lashkar-e-Tayyaba — a large Pakistan-based militant organization that is fighting to separate the Indian-ruled portion of disputed Kashmir from India — firing at enlarged photographs of Mr. Clinton during training.
Lashkar-e-Tayyaba is among the most active groups battling Indian troops in Indian Kashmir. There are several strong militant Islamic groups operating in Pakistan, and tens of thousands of religious schools that turn out young boys dedicated to jihad, or holy war.
Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and other militant groups have sharply criticized Pakistan's promise of cooperation with the United States in seeking to find and punish those behind the terror attacks.
U.S. officials say bin Laden, a Saudi exile who operates in Afghanistan under protection of its hard-line Islamic Taliban rulers, is the prime suspect.
The Indian intelligence official said the United States has not asked India for permission to use its airspace or refueling facilities for possible air strikes on Afghanistan.

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