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U.S. troops would enforce peace under Army study
Monday, September 10, 2001
The SAMS paper attempts to predict events in the first year of a peace-enforcement operation, and sees possible dangers for U.S. troops from both sides.
It calls Israel's armed forces a "500-pound gorilla in Israel. Well armed and trained. Operates in both Gaza . Known to disregard international law to accomplish mission. Very unlikely to fire on American forces. Fratricide a concern especially in air space management."
Of the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, the SAMS officers say: "Wildcard. Ruthless and cunning. Has capability to target U.S. forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act."
U.S. forces in Uzbekistan directing bombings at targets
By Yossi Melman and Ha'aretz Correspondent
Published 00:00 09.10.01
American soldiers have been residing for a week now at a military base near Karshi, 300 kilometers from the capital Tashkent, towards the border with Turkmenistan. Their number is unknown. Journalists are not allowed to go near the military base, and Uzbekistan's television, which is under tight government control, does not report on the matter.
Hence, it is not exactly clear what the U.S. soldiers have been doing since they arrived in huge cargo planes. Their official purpose is to participate in "humanitarian and rescue missions," as it was defined last week in a meeting between Uzbeki President Karimov and U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
It is possible that the soldiers and planes are participating in the distribution of food parcels to refugees in Afghanistan via parachute. Some of the food supplies are stored in emergency warehouses in Turkmenistan, which has long borders with both Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.
Sources have told Ha'aretz that the U.S forces in Uzebekistan are not engaged in humanitarian efforts only. The force is made up of special mountain combat units, and includes many intelligence officers. It is clear that they are there not only to drop off food parcels, or to engage in rescue operations if U.S. land forces go into action against targets in Afghanistan. According to the sources, the U.S. forces are already operating intelligence equipment to gather information on Taliban forces and to assist in directing the aerial assaults toward their targets.