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Afghan refugees trickling back: reports



ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Many Afghans who fled their homes in fear of U.S. military action are now returning, according to reports.

CNN correspondent Kamal Hyder says the people are trickling back having realized that any strikes will be at the terrorists alleged to be responsible for the September 11 attacks in the U.S., not at civilians.

Others discovered they were poorly equipped to cross the mountain ranges into Pakistan, where the border has been closed.

The apparent change in heart by would-be refugees came as Afghanistan's ruling Taliban on Saturday slammed U.S. plans to air drop food aid to Afghanistan's hungry and drought-stricken people.

According to the Taliban, all roads into the landlocked country were open to caravans of assistance.

"There is no doubt that the real objective of such propaganda by the United States is to defuse the anger of the Afghan people against it," Reuters quoted a Taliban foreign ministry statement said.

"With such tactics, it wants to tell the Afghan people that it does not have any enmity against the Afghans," it said.

"In fact, the enmity of the United States is toward all Muslims, including the Afghan people," it said.



 
 
 
 



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