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U.S. Catches 14 Al-Qaeda Fighters

Tuesday, 08 January 2002 12:00 AM

"We're exploiting those as we speak," Myers said of the newly collected information.

Also Monday, U.S. attack planes bombed bunkers and buildings in the Gardez-Khost area between 6-9 p.m.

"We had evidence that the compound was active with al-Qaeda," Myers said of the complex a few miles from the huge Zhawar Kili training camp.

U.S. forces have been combing Zhawar Kili for several days, following three large bombing raids in a week. The camp is the new focus of U.S. efforts as the search of Tora Bora cave complex has waned. Tora Bora was believed to be the hideout of top al-Qaeda members, including suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

The U.S. search of Zhawar Kili has turned up tanks and artillery pieces, surprising officials who did not comprehend the size of the network of caves there.

"We have found this complex to be very, very extensive," Myers said. "It covers a large area."

Many al-Qaeda members, including bin Laden, are still at large following the ousting of their Taliban patrons in Afghanistan by U.S.-backed forces. Many Taliban and top al-Qaeda members are believed to have slipped into Pakistan through the porous border that divides the two countries.

Myers circumspectly confirmed that the United States had reached an arrangement with Pakistan that would allow forces to give chase if it is on the trail of fighters fleeing Afghanistan.

"Pakistan has been very supportive in many, many ways. We know about the airspace and so on," he said. "And what we have day-to-day with the Pakistan army and Pakistan forces are either liaison elements or so forth. We do not operate unilaterally inside Pakistan."

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