India-Pakistan: May 8, 2002



India and the United States will conduct their first military maneuvers in 39 years, when an elite Indian paratrooper brigade will join US Pacific Command special forces in mid-May. A USAF C-130 Hercules and equivalent Indian Air Force (IAF) transport aircraft will also take part in the exercise. The exercise at Agra, not far from the world-famous Taj Mahal, will focus on joint anti-terrorism operations.

Not everyone is enthusiastic about this new post-11 September friendship between America and India. The Jama'at ud Da'awa Islamic publication reported this information under the headline "Preparing to attack?" - Adam Geibel

In Karachi, Pakistan, a car bomb killed 14 people, including 11 French technicians assisting Pakistan in building French designed submarines. Some 20 people were injured. No one took credit for the attack. Some officials speculated that India was behind the attack, since only India would benefit if the submarine project was damaged or stopped. But others felt it was al Qaeda, which believes all non-Moslems should be driven out of Islamic countries. If the attack was a suicide operation, as it appears to be, then that would rule out India (which generally uses it's own agents or mercenaries for secret operations inside Pakistan.)

In Kashmir, battles between troops and rebels left three civilians and 12 rebels dead. 

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