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Posted: 11/18/2001 10:32:10 AM EDT
Special Czech Unit to Join U.S. Anti-Terror Effort
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- A Czech anti-chemical warfare unit that gained recognition for its work during the Persian Gulf War is preparing to take part in the U.S.-led campaign against terrorism.

Plans to deploy the unit, which specializes in the detection of nerve agents and the decontamination of troops and equipment, were announced this month by Czech Defense Minister Jaroslav Tvrdik. The core of the 300-strong Czech force will be drawn from a 158-member anti-chemical unit, which will be supplemented by other soldiers providing logistical support and combat protection, Tvrdik said.

PARIS -- French warplanes will attack suspected Afghan strongholds of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network in missions beginning within two weeks, France's Defense Ministry said Saturday.

Up to 10 Mirage 2000 fighter planes will use bases in Central Asia, north of Afghanistan, to launch strikes on Al Qaeda hide-outs, ministry spokesman Jean-Francois Bureau said.

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