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7 October 2001

New York Times

In the late 1980's, an American-based agent for Al Qaeda, the terrorist network led by Osama bin Laden, shipped to Afghanistan 25 military-style rifles capable of shooting down helicopters, piercing armor or destroying fuel tanks from long distances, according to a report by a gun control organization. The American-made weapons, Barrett .50-caliber rifles, were apparently used by Muslim militias trained by Mr. bin Laden to fight Soviet troops in Afghanistan, the report... (

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