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Indian soldiers guard the bodies of rebels

Kashmir Quagmire
INDIA A year ago, when Indian Kashmiris elected a state government in the first genuine vote in memory, many Kashmiris dreamed of peace between the Indian army and Pakistan-backed militants. Some guerrillas renounced violence, India and Pakistan began tentative rapprochement, and tourists returned in droves. But since Aug. 30, when Indian security forces in Srinagar shot dead Gazi Baba, the Kashmir chief of Pakistani militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad and suspected mastermind of the December 2001 attack on India's parliament, violence has returned. More than 230 people have now died in a frenzy of battles and assassinations....

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