Armed Pakistanis join Taliban fight

Monday, November 5, 2001

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- At least 1,500 armed Pakistani tribesmen crossed into neighboring Afghanistan on Sunday to join the Taliban in what they called a holy war against the United States.

Shouting "Death to America," bearded Pashtun tribesmen crowded into vans and the backs of pickup trucks, brandishing Kalashnikov rifles, rocket launchers and other weapons.

The tribesmen of the same ethnic group as many Afghans defied a ban by their government to join the fight.

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