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The Comfort of Home Lures Some Back

Once a Militant, Uzbek Seeks a Peaceful Life on Return From Afghanistan. They laughed and cheered when they heard that planes had hit the World Trade Center in New York, he recalled, then cowered for their lives when U.S. jets streaked over Afghanistan, bombing them in retaliation. Jumping into pickup trucks, they fled into the tribal areas of Pakistan. Now Uygunjon Saidov is back in the small, dusty city where he grew up, most of his neighbors clueless that he was, to use his word, a terrorist. “Now,” he said, “I’ve quit.” As U.S. forces and their allies try to roust members of al Qaeda, remnants of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, and their affiliates from Afghanistan and from along the Afghan-Pakistani border, some of the militants are abandoning their refuge and slowly finding their way back to their native countries. Full Story

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