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NATO Forces Capture Alleged Terrorists In Afghanistan

Kabul, 21 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- The commander of the NATO-led International security force today says that several top agents of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar -- an Afghan warlord that the U.S. considers a terrorist -- have been arrested in Kabul.

Lieutenant General Goetz Gliemeroth said that "more than a total of three main actors" in Hekmatyar's group were detained. Gliemeroth didn't say when the arrests were made, but said an investigation is still continuing.

Hekmatyar is a former Afghan prime minister. The United States says he is an ally of the ousted Taliban regime which has started an insurgency inside Afghanistan.

Also today, Gliemeroth called on international donors to do more to help reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.

Copyright (c) 2004. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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