India-Pakistan: December 20, 2001


Pakistani troops continue to search for 20 al Qaeda members who overwhelmed their guards and fled with at least three rifles. Several dozen of the escapees have been recaptured and Pakistani public opinion is even more anti-Taliban and al Qaeda than it was before because of the way the al Qaeda prisoners killed Pakistani soldiers. Al Qaeda members and Taliban leaders continue to be captured in the border area, and are now being turned over to the United States for interrogation. Nearly 200 al Qaeda members have been arrested in Pakistan so far. 

It is believed that Osama bin Laden has successfully moved to Pakistan. But Pakistani police are making a major effort to catch bin Laden and anyone who is giving the fugitive support. 

Local observers have counted over 500 armored vehicles moving towards the Pakistani border. In Kashmir, Indian artillery continued to fire across the Line of Control. Inside Indian Kashmir, several clashes left ten rebels and two soldiers dead.

Indian investigators continue to uncover more evidence of ISI (Pakistani intelligence) involvement in the attack on the Indian parliament.


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