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October 25, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
India has started withdrawing its troops from the border with Pakistan, Defense Minister George Fernandes said. The two nations have deployed more than 1 million soldiers along their frontier amid heightened tensions after a Dec. 13 assault on India's Parliament and other attacks in Kashmir that New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based groups and Islamabad's spy agency. Pakistan rejected the allegation. It also has pledged to withdraw troops but has not said when its redeployment will start.
July 28, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities in Nogales rescued 34 suspected illegal immigrants clinging to the sides of a flooded drainage tunnel about 5:30 a.m. and searched unsuccessfully for four who apparently were swept into the Santa Cruz River. U.S. Border Patrol agents, Nogales police and firefighters looked for the missing along several miles of the drainage canal and the river. The searches were called off by early afternoon. Authorities said the would-be immigrants were trying to enter the U.S.
October 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Russia dispatched columns of troops to its border with Georgia to prevent what it says is the threat of armed gangs crossing the frontier from Georgia's separatist province of Abkhazia. RTR state television showed dozens of armored vehicles traveling in southern Russia's Kabardino-Balkaria region toward the border. Columns of jeeps and trucks also moved through the area, many flying the Russian flag.
August 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. and allied troops backed by warplanes and helicopters fought dozens of militants in the biggest clash in months along the mountainous border with Pakistan. At least two militants and three Afghan soldiers were killed. The battle began when militants armed with rockets and machine guns attacked a military post in Khowst, a former Al Qaeda stronghold about 100 miles southeast of Kabul, the capital, Afghan commander Gen. Khial Baz said. U.S. spokesman Maj.
November 28, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Pakistani army said Saturday that it would withdraw hundreds of troops from a tense tribal region near the Afghan border where Osama bin Laden and his top deputy were believed to be hiding. The pullback from South Waziristan comes after several military operations in recent months against Al Qaeda militants and their supporters, involving thousands of troops. Lt. Gen.
July 24, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the streets of Las Cruces to protest a controversial civilian border patrol group, calling the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps racist and un-American. The League of United Latin American Citizens, one of the oldest Latino civil rights organizations in the country, organized the march and rally to show that Minuteman volunteers were not wanted in the area.
January 27, 2008 | Mohammed Jamal and Richard Boudreaux, Special to The Times
The Egyptian government Saturday abandoned its sporadic efforts to seal off the Gaza Strip but tightened a cordon around this border city, restricting the availability of goods in order to dissuade Palestinians from flocking here to shop. Police used armored personnel carriers to block roads leading deeper into Egypt from Rafah and turned back hundreds of Palestinians. Authorities instructed hoteliers in El Arish, 25 miles southwest of here, not to lodge Palestinian travelers.
January 19, 2008 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Israel on Friday closed border crossings into the Gaza Strip, including passages for shipments of humanitarian goods, as a response to persistent rocket attacks by Gaza-based Palestinian militants. Officials did not specify how long the closure would last, but are expected to review the decision early next week. The move comes amid growing tensions over the cross-border rocket barrages, which have drawn pledges of stepped-up action from Israeli leaders, who have been unable to quell the attacks.
August 14, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Officials at the San Ysidro border crossing are trying to determine why a tire shredder designed to stop suspect vehicles inadvertently became activated, puncturing the tires of 19 motorists. The shredder rose from the pavement just north of the border crossing early Tuesday, said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security. Some people driving across the shredder had their tires flattened instantly; others drove for several miles.
September 2, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Pima County medical examiner is using a refrigerated tractor-trailer as a temporary morgue because of a high number of deaths involving illegal border crossers. The county's morgue has a capacity of 120 bodies. The 18-wheeler can hold an additional 60 to 70 bodies, depending on whether the remains are intact or skeletal. Dr. Bruce Parks, Pima County's chief medical examiner, said the county morgue needed to build another permanent cooler to double its capacity.
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