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    Note that the photo descriptions of the Masjid Massacre refer to the Kashmiri mujahideen freedom fighters as separatists and that the last photo description
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 5, 2004
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      Note that the photo descriptions of the Masjid
      Massacre refer to the Kashmiri mujahideen freedom
      fighters as "separatists" and that the last photo
      description even goes so far as to refer to the martyr
      as a "suspected rebel". A victim of a military
      occupation in his own country cannot be a "separatist"
      or a "rebel"!

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      PHOTOS:

      (1)

      Kashmiri Muslim women look at damaged windows of a
      mosque after its siege in Khellen, 45 km (28 miles)
      south of Srinagar, November 4, 2004. Thousands of
      villagers shouting 'we want freedom' attended a
      funeral procession of separatist guerillas on Thursday
      who died in a clash with Indian troops during the
      mosque siege in Khellen. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli
      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?
      tmpl=story&u=/041104/ids_photos_wl/r4101467802.jpg



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      (2)

      Thu Nov 4, 6:26 AM ET

      Kashmiri Muslim boy and girl mourn during the funeral
      procession of a suspected Islamic rebel at Khilangund,
      about 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of Srinagar,
      India, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004. Five suspected rebels
      were killed Wednesday night after Indian soldiers
      stormed a mosque at Khilangund where the rebels were
      holed up. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?
      tmpl=story&u=/041104/481/sri10311041122


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      (3)

      Thu Nov 4, 9:01 AM ET

      A Kashmiri Muslim boy weeps during the funeral
      procession of five separatist militants in Khellen,
      south of Srinagar, November 4, 2004. In an unusual
      display of support for separatist guerrillas, more
      than 6,000 people marched in the streets of Indian
      Kashmir (news - web sites) on Thursday, shouting
      slogans to mourn the death of rebels killed during a
      mosque siege. Photo by Fayaz Kabli/Reuters
      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?
      tmpl=story&u=/041104/ids_photos_wl/r2944467237.jpg


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      (4)

      Thu Nov 4, 7:39 AM ET

      Kashmiri Muslim women weep during the funeral of
      separatist militants in Khellen, 45 km (28 miles)
      south of Srinagar, November 4, 2004. Thousands of
      villagers shouting 'we want freedom' attended a
      funeral procession of separatist guerrillas on
      Thursday who died in a clash with Indian troops during
      a mosque siege in the village of Khellen.
      REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli
      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?
      tmpl=story&u=/041104/ids_photos_wl/r3508802655.jpg


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      (5)

      Thu Nov 4, 7:44 AM ET

      Kashmiri Muslims prepare the bodies of separatist
      militants for funerals in Khellen, 45 km (28 miles)
      south of Srinagar, November 4, 2004. Thousands of
      villagers shouting 'we want freedom' attended a
      funeral procession of separatist guerillas on Thursday
      who died in a clash with Indian troops during a mosque
      siege in the village of Khellen. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli
      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?
      tmpl=story&u=/041104/ids_photos_wl/r869475128.jpg


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      (6)

      Thu Nov 4, 6:25 AM ET

      Kashmiri Muslims carry the body of a suspected Islamic
      rebel during his funeral procession at Khilangund,
      about 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of Srinagar,
      India, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004. Five suspected rebels
      were killed Wednesday night after Indian soldiers
      stormed a mosque at Khilangund where the rebels were
      holed up. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?
      tmpl=story&u=/041104/481/sri10211041122

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      Note: The article below refers to "Indian Kashmir". No
      such entity exists. The article should refer to
      India-occupied Kashmir.

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      Thousands of Kashmiris Mourn Rebels Killed in Mosque
      By Fayaz Kabli
      Reuters
      Thursday, November 4, 2004
      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/kashmir_dc

      KHELLEN, India (Reuters) - In an unusual display of
      support for separatist guerrillas, more than 6,000
      people marched in the streets of Indian Kashmir on
      Thursday, shouting slogans to mourn the death of
      rebels killed during a mosque siege.

      Authorities said it was the first time in 18 months
      that so many people turned out for a funeral, held a
      day after Indian soldiers shot dead five militants
      holed up in the mosque.

      Security forces do not normally release dead militants
      to relatives as the authorities prefer to bury them,
      but police handed over the bodies to avoid trouble
      after hundreds of villagers gathered to demand their
      return.

      "They gave their precious lives and achieved martyrdom
      for a better future for us, they are our heroes," said
      Mohammad Rajab, 65, a resident of Khellen.

      Khellen is in the district of Pulwama, about 30 miles
      south of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and
      Kashmir state, where Muslim separatist guerrillas have
      been waging a bloody battle against Indian rule since
      1989.

      Women and children wailed and beat their chests as the
      bodies were laid out in a paddy field surrounded by
      huge crimson-leaved chinar and poplar trees. Following
      Kashmiri custom, some schoolgirls dropped candies on
      the bodies.

      More than 6,000 mourners chanted "We want freedom,"
      "Allah-ho-Akbar" (God is great) and "Indian forces go
      back," as they marched behind pall bearers carrying
      the bodies shrouded in white.

      Police said three of the dead rebels were Pakistani
      nationals who belonged to the outlawed militant group
      Lashkar-e-Taiba, based in Pakistan. The other two were
      Kashmiri members of Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest
      militant outfit in the disputed region.

      But the five men killed on Wednesday were known to be
      operating in the area for the last six years and there
      was a lot of sympathy for them, a Pulwama police
      officer told Reuters.

      He said hundreds of villagers gathered outside the
      local police station on Thursday demanding the bodies
      be handed over to them and police gave in to their
      demands to avoid trouble.

      Indian authorities say rebel violence has abated in
      the disputed Himalayan region this year and fewer
      militants are crossing over from the Pakistani side.

      The decline coincides with a peace process launched by
      India and Pakistan in 2003 to resolve a wide range of
      disputes, including Kashmir, which lies at the heart
      of half a century of enmity between the South Asian
      neighbors.

      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/kashmir_dc

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