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Civilians Find Little Refuge in Kashmir

The snow was waist-deep around the Kashmiri guerrillas’ mountain hide-out, so in the valley below, Indian soldiers rounded up villagers to clear a path for their midnight hunt. Troops pounded at Abdul Rehman Bani’s tin door about 10 that February night, startling him out of his sleep. From the frigid darkness, the Indian soldiers addressed the 75-year-old man as baba, or father, a token of respect followed by an order to bring his three sons outside. They left with the two oldest, both farmers, Bani said. “They forced my sons to go with them and told me, ‘Baba, don’t worry. They will be back later tonight,’ ” he said. Full Story

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