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President Bush is demanding that Afghanistan's Taliban leaders turn over suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden.  


SUMMARY:

Russia announced it would offer extensive cooperation with a possible U.S. campaign against Afghanistan on Monday -- but stopped short of allowing U.S. warplanes to cross its territory. Afghanistan's Taliban leader called U.S. demands to hand over suspected terrorist leader Osama bin Laden "unacceptable" as the Islamic fundamentalist regime called for 300,000 fighters to defend the country. And U.S. military advisers landed in Pakistan to outline a possible strike to that country's government.

UPDATE:

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia has worked out how it will aid the U.S. campaign on terrorism -- going so far as to exchange intelligence, but stopping short of allowing U.S. warplanes to use Russian airspace or airports. The Central Asian republics -- including Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan -- share Russia's position, but are free to decide if their airspace and air bases can be used by the U.S. military. (Full story)

Afghanistan's ruling Taliban prepared for war Monday by calling up 300,000 troops as their supreme leader criticized U.S. demands to hand over suspected terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. "It is unacceptable that America issues ultimatums to the Islamic world either to listen to America's message or accept destruction," Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar said. (Full story)

U.S. military officials briefed Pakistani government and military officials Monday about possible retaliatory strikes after terrorist attacks in New York and Washington as Pakistan's largest Islamic political party threatened violence against any U.S. forces in the country. Meetings between U.S. and Pakistani officials are expected to take place throughout the week under extreme secrecy. (Full story)

Afghanistan's anti-Taliban forces stepped up their military campaign Monday as Western powers and Russia considered how to aid the opposition movement. But earlier squabbling among the former anti-Soviet mujahedin has aid workers and political analysts expressing doubt that the alliance is the solution to Afghanistan's problems. (Full story)

President Bush met Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien to discuss the international response to the terror attacks in New York and Washington, and issues of security along the two nations' vast border. Bush and Chretien told reporters that they discussed Canada's contribution to the international fight against terrorism. (Full story)

KEY QUESTIONS:

Whom will the United States retaliate against?


  •  Summary

  •  Update

  •  Key questions

  •  Who's who

  •  Impact

What form will the retaliation take? Click here for more.

Will the retaliation include an immediate response and a long-term plan to root out terrorists?

Is the United States willing to violate the sovereignty of other nations to get at terrorist networks?

How will retaliation affect Americans at home and abroad?

Will the United States seek military support from NATO?

WHO'S WHO:

George W. Bush: U.S. president

Osama bin Laden: A wealthy Saudi expatriate living in Afghanistan who U.S. authorities cite as one of the primary suspects in masterminding the attacks. Click here for more.

Colin Powell: U.S. secretary of state. A former Army general, Powell also served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Click here for more. Click here for more.

Condoleezza Rice: U.S. national security adviser. Click here for more.

Gen. Richard B. Myers: chairman-designate of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. Click here for more.

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Saudi exile Osama bin Laden is considered a prime suspect in the September 11 attacks.  

Donald Rumsfeld: U.S. secretary of defense.

George Tenet: CIA director. Click here for more.

Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden: Director of the U.S. National Security Agency, responsible for gathering intelligence on terrorist cells.

Gen. Pervez Musharraf: The military ruler of Pakistan, one of two countries that officially recognizes the Taliban, the ruling militia of Afghanistan harboring bin Laden. The others are Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Click here for more.

Mullah Mohammed Omar: The Muslim cleric who leads Afghanistan's ruling Taliban. Taliban officials say they have played host to bin Laden but do not allow him to engage in terrorist activities. Click here for more.

IMPACT:

The attacks on the nation's landmarks of power and security signal the start of a protracted battle on terrorism that could permanently alter core U.S. military and diplomatic strategies.






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