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Posted: 10/5/2001 12:39:26 PM EST
U.S. Army Troops Move to Uzbekistan U.S Given Permission to Use Base, But Not for Launching Attacks By Tabassum Zakaria Reuters TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (Oct. 5) - Uzbekistan said Friday it would not allow U.S. forces to launch attacks on neighboring Afghanistan from its soil, as 1,000 American troops headed for an unprecedented mission in the former Soviet republic. At a joint news conference with visiting Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, President Islam Karimov said he was making an air base available for use by U.S. cargo planes, helicopters and troops, but purely for humanitarian and rescue operations in the event of military intervention in Afghanistan. "Uzbekistan gives its permission to the U.S. to use one of its airfields and facilities for aircraft and helicopters as well as personnel involved in search-and-rescue operations," Karimov said. Asked why he would not allow U.S. special forces to mount attacks on Afghanistan from Uzbekistan, Karimov said, "We are not quite ready for this. "We do not have any guarantees that tomorrow we will not find ourselves face to face with these terrible terrorist forces and so we do not want to allow ourselves to be used by anyone," he said. Uzbekistan, which borders northern Afghanistan, had already agreed to open its airspace to U.S. military operations against possible targets in Afghanistan, and earlier Friday a U.S. official traveling with Rumsfeld said 1,000 U.S. light infantry troops were en route to Uzbekistan.
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Link Posted: 10/5/2001 12:40:19 PM EST
"Troops from the 10th Mountain Division are on their way," the official said. The official spoke as expectations grew of a possible U.S. and British strike against Afghanistan after last month's suicide attacks on New York and Washington, which left almost 6,000 people dead or missing. NEW "COLD WAR" ON TERRORISM Rumsfeld, whose visit to Uzbekistan signals a desire by the United States to develop new ties with a strategically located Central Asian state, said he saw similarities between the battle against terrorism and the Cold War that ended a decade ago. "It undoubtedly will prove to be a lot more like a cold war than a hot war," Rumsfeld said Thursday during a tour that has also taken him to key U.S. allies in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Oman and Egypt. "The important thing is to see that we put enough pressure on the terrorists and the people who harbor terrorists through a variety of means over a sustained period." The aim was to force terrorists to alter their behavior, go on the run, lose financing and attract fewer recruits. Rumsfeld said the conflict would resemble the Cold War with communism, which he said "did not involve major battles, it involved continuous pressure, it involved cooperation by a host of nations, it involved the willingness of populations in many countries to invest in it and to sustain it." Rumsfeld was on his way to Turkey Friday before returning to the United States. Defense Undersecretary Douglas Feith, who has accompanied Rumsfeld on the trip, planned to stay in the Gulf region for visits to Jordan, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. Reuters 14:15 10-05-01
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