Reporter's disappearance linked to detainee issue in Cuba
Pakistani police are searching for a missing Wall Street Journal reporter. An obscure Pakistani group claimed to be holding Daniel Pearl, 38, "in very inhumane conditions" in retaliation for the detention of Pakistanis at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Meanwhile, 16 soldiers from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division were injured Monday when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter made a "hard landing" south of Bagram, Afghanistan.
The group claiming to have kidnapped Pearl sent an e-mail to several news organizations, including photos showing Pearl shackled and with a gun to his head. Pakistani police are searching for anyone who might have had recent contact with Pearl. (Full story)
Saudi Arabia's interior minister has asked the United States to return 100 men being held among the Afghan war detainees at Guantanamo Bay, so they can face Saudi justice. President Bush said Monday that decisions on returning detainees to their home countries would be made on a case-by-case basis.
Bush said Monday that the 158 al Qaeda and Taliban fighters being held at Guantanamo Bay would not be treated as prisoners of war. The president said he is considering the legal ramifications of whether the Geneva Conventions apply to the detainees. (Full story)
U.S. military officials said the Chinook helicopter went down under brownout conditions in which debris kicked up by the aircraft's rotors darkens the sky and obscures the landing site. Officials said the helicopter was "extensively damaged." (Full story)
The Pentagon on Monday defended last week's Special Forces raid against a compound north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, saying it was a legitimate target. Fifteen Taliban suspects were killed and 27 captured. Since the raid, local Afghans have said innocent people were killed and that the compound was just a weapons and ammunition collection site.
A judge Monday set an April trial date for Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, 43, a Sudanese man the federal government considers the highest-ranking aide to accused terrorist Osama bin Laden in U.S. custody. Salim is charged with attempted murder in the November 2000 stabbing of a jail guard. He also faces terror conspiracy charges related to the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. (Full story)
Are the detainees at Guantanamo Bay being treated humanely, as the United States contends? (Click here for more)
Should the Guantanamo Bay detainees by classified as prisoners of war? (Click here for more)
Do the remaining Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan still pose a threat?
How long will the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan last?
What is the goal of the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan? What is the key to the mission's success?
George W. Bush: U.S. president
Hamid Karzai: A Pashtun tribal leader and the chairman of Afghanistan's interim government.
Osama bin Laden: A wealthy Saudi expatriate living in Afghanistan who U.S. authorities cite as one of the primary suspects in masterminding the attacks.
Condoleezza Rice: U.S. national security adviser.
Colin Powell: U.S. secretary of state. A former Army general, Powell also served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Gen. Richard B. Myers: Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Gen. Tommy Franks: Head of U.S. Central Command.
Donald Rumsfeld: U.S. secretary of defense.
The Taliban: A group of Islamic fundamentalists, mainly from Afghanistan's Pashtun ethnic group, which is the country's largest ethnic group. The Taliban gained control of most of the country by 1997 and instituted an extreme form of Islamic law before their collapse in the U.S. war against terrorism.
Northern Alliance: A group of former mujahedeen fighters, mainly from minority ethnic groups that oppose the Taliban.
George Robertson: NATO secretary-general and former British defense minister.
George Tenet: CIA director
The Bush administration's decision on how to classify the detainees could affect how they are treated while in custody and how long they are detained. The treatment of detainees also could influence international opinion about the U.S. war against terrorism.
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