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No Chechens in Afghanistan- Confirmed

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      January 1, 2002

      New York Times

      Fighters Were Lured to Afghanistan by Islam, Holy War, or the Promise
      of Escape

      By CARLOTTA GALL

      SHIBARGHAN, Afghanistan, Dec. 29 — Over the coming weeks, as
      American
      investigators question hundreds of foreign and Afghan Taliban
      prisoners here, they will be trying to find out how militant Islamic
      movements around the world fit into a network that created
      international terrorists.

      They will find quite a mix of people among the foreign prisoners who
      came to fight for the Taliban or for Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda
      movement. Their individual stories indicate that it was not so much a
      grand design that brought them together as the simple and broad
      appeal that Afghanistan under the Taliban and militant Islam held for
      young Muslims around the world.

      A majority of the 3,500 prisoners being held in the prison at
      Shibarghan are young men, in their 20's and early 30's. Apart from
      the Pakistanis, who arrived in large groups, they came in ones and
      twos, on individual journeys to study Islam and fight the jihad, or
      holy war.

      More than 2,000 of the prisoners are Afghans, of whom only the
      commanders will probably be of interest to the United States. More
      than 700 are Pakistani, with smaller numbers from other countries of
      the Islamic world: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Sudan, Morocco, Iraq,
      the Muslim republics of Russia, and the countries of Central Asia.
      Despite assertions by the Afghans that there were many people from
      Russia's separatist Chechnya region fighting for the Taliban, there
      is not one Chechen among the prisoners.
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