January 31, 2002

Rumsfeld warns of attacks deadlier than 9/11
The FBI has warned that Al Qaeda terrorists may have been studying American dams and water-supply systems in preparation for new attacks.

Pak freezes assets of retired nuke scientist
The decision to freeze the assets of Sultan Bashir-ud-Din Mehmood was taken on the recommendations of the UN Security Council.

US to have close ties with Pak: Rumsfeld
The US requested and Pakistan has responded positively, supplying troops along the border, the defence secretary said.

Karzai wants more foreign troops in Afghanistan
Afghanistan's interim leader Hamid Karzai on Thursday sought a much larger international security force presence in his war-torn country, but Britain was non-committal on providing additional forces.

January 30, 2002

US will kill terrorism if others don't: Bush
The US president's state of the union address was an eagerly awaited one, with the country having declared a war against terrorism and its economy in the midst of a recession.

Pak scientists with Al Qaeda links to go free
Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood and Abdul Majid are accused of trying to help Osama bin Laden obtain nuclear weapons.

January 29, 2002

Bush, Rice broke down over Sept 11 strikes
The tears also steeled Bush's determination to destroy the Al Qaeda and Taliban and to take out any state that harbours terrorists.

Pakistan denies report of Osama's dialysis
Defence spokesman Rashid Qureshi said he smelt an 'Indian plot' behind the report, which appeared in a section of the US media.

Bush, Karzai ink partnership pact
The US pledged $50 million towards reconstruction efforts and offered its assistance to Afghanistan for developing its own military.

Captured fighters not PoWs: Bush
The US president's clarification comes amidst reports of differences in his cabinet over the fate of the the Al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners.

January 28, 2002

Malaysia was launch pad for Sept 11 strikes
A former Malaysian army captain had close links with the pilots of the hijacked planes and Osama bin Laden, a report quoting the FBI says.

Pakistani group claims to hold WSJ scribe captive
The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty has claimed holding Daniel Pearl, a Mumbai-based reporter of the WSJ.

Osama in all likelihood alive: US
'If he were dead, there'd be more indications of it than we've seen. There'd be more noise in the system about his demise," Vice President Dick Cheney said.

Should Al Qaeda detainees be given POWs status?
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the prisoners were not combatants of an army in uniform. They were unlawful combatants and terrorists and hence they were detainees.

January 27, 2002

'Shattered' Tendulkar grieves for Mark
'Our relationship was not of an agent and client. He was a very close friend of mine. He helped me and wished well for me,' the batting maestro said.

Afghan ex-king to return after 3 decades
Zahir Shah will fly from Italy to Kabul and plans to make his first public appearance in the Afghan capital on March 21.

Mayor honoured for helping quake victims
Mayor Anthony Williams of Washington, DC, was awarded the Counterpart Humanitarian Award for Civic Leadership.

January 26, 2002

Former Enron vice-chairman found shot dead in car
Clifford Baxter, who had resigned in May last year complaining about the company's business practices, was found shot dead in his car in a Houston suburb.

January 25, 2002

US forces raid 2 compounds in Kandahar, 12 killed
US defence officials said that intelligence inputs had indicated that the compound housed top Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders.

US to release over $200 mn worth of Afghan assets
The assets blocked in 1999 during the Taliban regime was kept in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

January 24, 2002

India protests airlift of Pakistanis from Kunduz

Captured American Taliban Arrives in US: Report
John Walker Lindh was captured in northern Afghanistan in November by American forces.

January 23, 2002

Pak allows US use of Karachi airport
'An agreement in this regard is expected within a week, while the operation will begin by the middle of February', Air Marshal (retd) Aliuddin, director general of Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority said.

January 22, 2002

Thousands of Pak officials in Kunduz evacuated: Report

January 21, 2002

US Seeks Help to Tackle Al Qaeda

India pledges $100 mn help for Afghanistan

January 19, 2002

Women Al Qaeda suspects arrested in raids in Britain
So far, Al Qaeda was thought to be a deeply chauvinist operation whose members did not trust women with any important assignments.

Nine Afghan hijackers jailed
In February 2000, a nine-member gang of Afghans had hijacked an Ariana flight carrying 156 passengers, including 21 children, to Britain demanding asylum.

January 18, 2002

Karzai to visit US on January 28
'We look forward to an Afghanistan that is prosperous and at peace with the international community,' the White House said in a statement.

Osama is most likely dead: Musharraf
The Pakistani president said that the Saudi extremist may not have access to the kind of treatment he needs for his kidney problem.

US releases tapes of `martyrdom messages'
The released videotapes show pictures of five suspected suicidal Al Qaeda terrorists `who seek martyrdom and may strike anywhere in the world'.

January 17, 2002

Security Council renews sanctions on Taliban
The sanctions include an arms embargo, a freeze on the groups' assets abroad and restrictions on the movement of their officials for 12 months.

'Shoe bomber' indicted on 9 counts: Rumsfeld
Richard Reid, a British national, allegedly tried to blow up a transatlantic flight with explosives packed in his shoes.

Osama probably in Afghanistan: Rumsfeld
Meanwhile, President George W Bush reiterated his opposition to involving US troops in the British-led peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan.

January 15-16, 2002

Two Indians arrested after 9/11 attack charged with fraud
Ayub Ali Khan, 36, and Mohammed Azmath, 38, both residents of Hyderabad, could be sentenced up to five years in prison if convicted for federal charges.

US files charges against 'American Talib'
John Walker Lindh has been charged with conspiracy to kill US citizens and providing support and resources to the Al Qaeda.