Monday, February 02, 2004

Gitmo news

US soldiers are prepared to protect Guantanamo Bay if attacked by al-Qaida:

Firing heavy machine guns and mortars, U.S. soldiers practiced repulsing a commando attack Saturday at the maximum-security prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

While the possibility of terrorists trying to break out prisoners seems remote, it is crucial for the soldiers to be prepared, said Capt. Gregg Langevin, a 33-year-old from the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

"There have been reports that the al-Qaida are out there actively trying to buy small craft," Langevin said, suggesting a stealthy approach from the coast.


Saturday's drills ended four days of exercises involving about 1,200 soldiers. Such training has taken place every four to six weeks since the prison camp was established in January 2002 in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the war in Afghanistan.


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