January 4, 2003 |
The U.S. military said Friday that it had a right to chase suspected terrorists operating in unsettled southeastern Afghan border areas as they flee into Pakistani territory, a position that a senior Pakistani official later rejected. The dispute comes after a still murky border clash Sunday in which a Pakistani border scout fired on a U.S. military patrol near Shkin in Afghanistan, wounding one soldier. U.S. forces then called in an airstrike, killing two Pakistanis.
September 18, 2001 |
Russia is considering various forms of cooperation with the United States in a possible military assault on terrorists based in Afghanistan and is conferring with its Central Asian allies, U.S. and Russian officials said Monday. "They have not ruled anything in or anything out," Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton said after meeting with top Russian officials here. Russia's cooperation could be critical to any U.S. military action in Afghanistan.
August 19, 2010 |
As Romanian military and civilian officials mingled at a VIP reception aboard a yacht that belonged to executed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, a U.S. Navy band played an American selection: the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Broadway show tunes. The occasion was Romanian Navy Day, but the message being delivered at this Black Sea port was broader than pride in the country's sailors: America, we are with you. If the musical choices weren't enough, the blunt-talking defense minister, Gabriel Oprea, made it crystal clear in his Navy Day speech, solemnly listing the names of "the heroes" who have been killed in Afghanistan.
October 16, 2001 |
Saudi Arabia's interior minister, Prince Naif, criticized the Afghanistan bombing, saying the kingdom opposes terrorism but disapproves of the U.S. response. "We wish the United States had been able to flush out the terrorists in Afghanistan without resorting to the current action . . . because this is killing innocent people," the official Saudi Press Agency quoted him as saying. "We are not at all happy with the situation. This in no way means we are not willing to confront terrorism."
October 2, 2001 |
President Islam Karimov said on state television that his government will open its airspace to U.S. and allied aircraft. Uzbekistan is on Afghanistan's northern border. Karimov said his government will "make its own contribution to the liquidation of camps and bases of terrorists in Afghanistan and is ready to make its airspace available for this purpose."
February 3, 2004 |
A Milan court convicted five North African men of having ties to Al Qaeda and sentenced them to four to eight years each in prison. The men were found guilty of links to a cell that sent would-be terrorists to Afghanistan, Tunisia and Algeria, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. However, they were cleared of charges of aiding and abetting illegal immigration. The longest sentence went to Abdelkader Mahmoud Es Sayed, an Egyptian who was tried in absentia.