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Pentagon: Enemy Missile Cache Found in Afghanistan - 2002-06-18


The Pentagon says U-S and coalition forces in Afghanistan have uncovered several large stockpiles of weapons -- including one containing portable missiles -- in the ongoing hunt for al-Qaida and Taleban fighters.

In a news conference (today / Monday), Air Force General Richard Myers said the discoveries came during the past two weeks. He said the yield includes small arms, large numbers of grenade launchers, 30 shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles and one Chinese-made surface-to-air missile.

The general -- chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- called the haul the largest missile find since U-S forces launched the war on terrorism and moved into Afghanistan last year.

In related developments, U-S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says Pakistan is re-deploying more troops to its border with Afghanistan. He called the move helpful in the war against terrorism and said it may be an indication of easing tensions between Pakistan and arch-rival India.

Mr. Rumsfeld recently returned to Washington from a foreign trip that included stops in both countries.

India and Pakistan had dispatched about one million troops to their common border, in a stand-off that began shortly after a deadly attack by Islamic militants on the Indian parliament in December. Analysts say tensions have eased in the past 10 days.

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