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AFGHANISTAN
Movement on the Diplomatic Front
The newest group of detainees arriving at Guantánamo Bay knew one thing: they would not be treated as prisoners of war. But U.S. officials acknowledged that the decision to apply the Geneva Conventions to Taliban fighters, but not al-Qaeda members, would not materially affect their circumstances. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the step was rather intended as a "precedent for the future," implying it might help protect captured U.S. soldiers. In Afghanistan, the U.S. renewed missile strikes on suspected al-Qaeda targets while heavy snow left thousands of villages without access to...

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