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Developments of Sept. 11 Aftermath

January 28, 2002

Developments related to the Sept. 11 attacks:

_ U.S. special forces storm a Kandahar hospital Monday where al-Qaida gunmen had barricaded themselves for nearly two months and had threatened to blow up the facility if anyone tried to remove them. All of the gunmen, believed to have numbered five or six, were killed.

_ Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld ruled out any possibility of granting prisoner-of-war status to suspected al-Qaida and Taliban terrorists detained in Cuba. Under the Geneva Conventions, a POW has certain rights that would govern interrogations and require they be released when the Afghanistan hostilities end.

_ A group claiming to have seized a Wall Street Journal reporter missing in Pakistan demand repatriation of detained Pakistani fighters in Cuba and the release of Afghanistan’s former ambassador to Pakistan.

_ Distraught villagers from Khas Uruzgan trek to Kandahar to complain to Afghan authorities that Army Special Forces killed innocent people in a raid last week.

_ Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s interim leader, becomes the first Afghan leader to visit Washington in 39 years. Karzai planned to meet Monday with President Bush for a review of Afghanistan’s security and reconstruction programs. He also will be a guest of honor when Bush delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

_ Karzai’s government adopted Afghanistan’s royalist-era green-black-and-red flag as the country’s new flag. The flag was used until King Mohammed Zaher Shah was deposed in 1973.

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