SLUG: 2-285393 Afghanistan / Informant (L)
TITLE=AFGHANISTAN / INFORMANT (L-ONLY)
DATELINE=KANDAHAR, SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN
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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