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U.S., Allies Intensify Terrorist Sweeps

The United States and its allies have intensified searches along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan for terrorists they fear may respond to war against Iraq with attacks, intelligence sources say. The sweeps followed the March 1 arrest of al-Qaida’s No. 3 man, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed — suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. In the hours after his arrest, a belligerent Mohammed praised Osama bin Laden and warned that “America will burn if it goes into Baghdad. Americans everywhere will not be safe,” Pakistani intelligence officials told The Associated Press. In a rare briefing for journalists this week, the Pakistani spy agency said Mohammed admitted meeting bin Laden last December but didn’t say where. A video was shown depicting the arrest of Mohammed, whose face was never shown and whose head was covered by a black hood. An intelligence source told AP that Mohammed was questioned at a “safe house” belonging to the Pakistani spy agency. They said his head was covered in a black hood and he spoke in English and Arabic. American interrogators were present, but Mohammed did not see them. Full Story

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