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SLUG: 2-285393 Afghanistan / Informant (L)









INTRO: U-S military intelligence officials in the southern Afghan city of

Kandahar are still questioning a man who is believed to be volunteering

information about Osama bin Ladens al-Qaida and its Taleban supporters.

More from V-O-A's Alisha Ryu in Kandahar.

TEXT: U-S military officials based at Kandahar Airport are refusing to

confirm reports that the man being interrogated may have once been a major

financial backer of the Taleban leadership in Afghanistan. U-S Marine

spokesman, James Jarvis, says the military is releasing few details about

the man for security reasons.

/// JARVIS ACT ///

We've had a chance to talk to him for a couple of days now. We continued

that dialogue today. Once again, he is not a detainee. His identity, we're

protecting simply for his own protection. I believe were getting some

useful information but I cant go into the nature of what that information

would be. Hopefully, down the road, it might be something we can use in

this war on terrorism.

/// END ACT ///

The informant turned up Tuesday at the gates of Kandahar Airport, where more

than three thousand U-S-led coalition soldiers are stationed and where

hundreds of al-Qaida and Taleban prisoners are being held. Officials at the

Pentagon say the man is not on the U-S list of wanted terror suspects.

Meanwhile, 30 more prisoners were put aboard a plane early Friday morning

and transferred to an unknown location in Pakistan. More than a hundred

have already been transferred to a detention facility in Guantanamo Bay,

Cuba. It is not known why the latest group was taken to Pakistan.

In the streets of Kandahar Friday, Afghan security forces fanned out across

the city to confiscate illegal weapons. Armed soldiers randomly stopped

vehicles at numerous checkpoints and searched for weapons. The increasing security measures being implemented in Kandahar, follow similarly steps being taken in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Increasing banditry and violence in Kandahar and other parts of Afghanistan

since the fall of the Taleban two months ago have raised fears that

lawlessness could derail the efforts of the new interim government to

rebuild the country. (Signed)


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