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Pentagon officials aboard the plane taking Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to Brussels revealed large quantities of Chinese-manufactured ammunition were discovered in the Tora Bora cave hideouts of Osama bin Laden.

This disclosure lends further support to earlier reports by WorldNetDaily, based in part on the intelligence sources of DEBKA-Net-Weekly, that Beijing has supported the Taliban and the al-Qaida terrorist network in various ways – including men and materiel.

The arms cache included mortar shells, anti-tank rockets and ammunition for various types of automatic rifles and machine guns of Chinese manufacture, abandoned by fleeing al-Qaida men.

Earlier today, WorldNetDaily reported China was seeking the return of some ethnic Uighurs from northwestern Xinjiang province who were captured while fighting with Taliban. The U.S. is refusing to turn them over, according to a STRATFOR report.

WorldNetDaily also reported the findings of author Gordon Thomas, who has written a book claiming that Beijing had an actual role in the Sept. 11 attack on America. In “Seeds of Fire,” Thomas purports to show how Beijing is positioning itself to become America’s “new major enemy.”

Citing DEBKA’s intelligence sources, WorldNetDaily has also reported that Chinese troops, fighting with the Taliban, have been killed in Afghanistan.

In addition, citing those same sources, WorldNetDaily first reported Chinese troop and materiel support to the Taliban early in the war in Afghanistan.

The Washington Post earlier confirmed a pact signed between Beijing and the Taliban announced, ironically, Sept. 11 of this year. Sky Television also later reported the presence of Chinese fighters alongside the Taliban and al-Qaida in the battles of Konduz and Khanabad in northern Afghanistan.


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