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Pro-Taleban Indonesian Volunteers Trapped Inside Afghanistan - 2001-11-16


A militant Islamic organization in Indonesia says most of the 300 volunteers it recruited to go to Afghanistan and fight alongside the Taleban have been trapped inside the country by advancing anti-Taleban forces.

The leader of the Indonesian Islamic Youth Movement (or G-P-I), Suaib Didu, says about 50 volunteers have managed to escape into Pakistan. He said 150 fighters are still with the Taleban and another 100 are stranded at the Pakistani border.

The Indonesian volunteers went to Afghanistan after the U-S air strikes began on October seventh. Mr. Suaib said none of the volunteers have been killed, but his claim could not be independently verified.

The Indonesian government has condemned the terrorist attacks in the United States but has also opposed the U-S airstrikes in Afghanistan.

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