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U.S. in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) -- U.S. military officers have arrived in Tajikistan, Russian and Tajik officials said Tuesday, but gave conflicting accounts of why the officers had come.

Tajikistan has pledged cooperation with the U.S.-led campaign, but it has not yet given permission for U.S. forces to be based in the country.

Nikolai Baranov, a Russian military spokesman, said that "according to what I know, two American officers have come in connection with search-and-rescue operations." At a separate news conference, Tajikistan's interior minister said that Americans had come to consult on humanitarian aid issues. He did not specifically say they were officers.

Moscow War Poll

MOSCOW (AP) -- The U.S. military strikes on Afghanistan find mixed support in Moscow, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Some 49 percent of Muscovites polled by ROMIR fully or partially disapprove of the strikes, while about 42 percent fully or partially support them.

The poll of 500 people, done Monday, showed 32 percent fearful of the conflict involving other nations, among them Russia, while nearly 26 percent feared a world war.

Nearly a third blamed Washington for the conflict, with about 26 percent naming the U.S. president and authorities as the main culprits and another 5 percent "American society as a whole."

Nearly 41 percent blamed international terrorism and Osama bin Laden, and about 14 percent the Taliban.

Surprisingly, 57 percent said Russia should help the United States, except for participating directly in military action, and 63 percent were either fully or partially pleased with the Kremlin's backing.

Chechnya Clash

NAZRAN, Ingushetia (AP) -- Servicemen clashed with Chechen rebels, suffering three dead and killing 12 separatists, officials said Tuesday.

The clash in the area of Vedeno involved elite Interior Ministry troops who called for helicopter help after engaging the rebels for two hours, an official in the pro-Moscow Chechen administration said on condition of anonymity.