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Pakistan Agrees to Cooperate With U-S Terror Response - 2001-09-15


Secretary of State Colin Powell says Pakistan has agreed to cooperate if the United States decides to strike at Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden, a prime suspect in Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Talking with reporters after a meeting of the National Security Council, Mr. Powell said he wanted to thank the President and people of Pakistan for the support they have offered.

News reports quoting sources in Islamabad say Pakistan has agreed to a full list of U-S demands to facilitate a possible U-S attack, including closure of its border with Afghanistan.

The Washington Post (newspaper) reported today (Saturday) that Pakistani officials already had agreed to allow the United States to use their airspace in the event of a military strike against Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan's ruling Taleban has warned it will attack any neighbor that assists U-S strikes.

A statement by the Taleban foreign ministry said the Taleban will send what it calls "holy warriors" into any neighboring country that allows its territory to be used in an attack against Afghanistan.

The Taleban again denied that Osama bin Laden orchestrated the attacks in the United States.

The Secretary of State spoke with Arab foreign ministers Friday and urged them to share information and to cut off financial or other support for terrorist groups.

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