Monday, August 01, 2005

Divided loyalties in the War on Terror

The Italian authorities were only one of many sources of ‘leaked’ information this week. ABC has again invited criticism, this time from the Russian government. An interview with Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, Russia’s most wanted, prompted a storm of protests from the Russian Ambassador and MPs. Taus Djabrailov, a pro-Moscow Chechen politician, said, “Even the tragic events on the London Underground have not prompted the West to realise what a threat people like Basayev pose to the whole world”. There is also some embarrassment for the Russian authorities since they themselves have not been able to locate Basayev. And the War on Terror took another blow for the US over the weekend. Uzbekistan authorities have ordered the US to quit their country within weeks. The US has used the country as a launch pad in the War on Terror in Afghanistan. The reason for the turn against the United States has been blamed on recent, if not belated, criticism by the US for the heavy handed government clampdown against pro-democracy campaigners in the last two months.
[19:26 GMT 01/08/2005]

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