§ Mr. Rammell
[holding answer 4 July 2003]: According to US military sources, US forces engaged a number of irregular fighters from the Middle East, 745W North Africa and Chechnya near Baghdad in April 2003. These sources were quoted in several media reports at the time.
A small number of Chechen fighters reportedly took part in fighting near Bagram, north of Kabul, and Mazar-e-Sharif. We cannot, however, confirm this.