The New Fronts

Most world leaders probably would not want their country to be compared with Afghanistan. But some are learning that if they pledge to move against terrorists operating in their territory, the U.S. will give them money, weapons and military training. No wonder Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo called the island where Abu Sayyaf terrorists roam her "little Afghanistan." George W. Bush has made it clear that the U.S. will follow al-Qaeda wherever it goes. Now Americans are tracking suspects in the Philippines, Yemen and Georgia.

--By Mitch Frank. Reported by Anthony Davis and Nelly Sindayen/Manila, Scott MacLeod/Cairo and Paul Quinn-Judge/Moscow


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