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British Prime Minister Tony Blair issued a stark warning to Afghanistan's ruling Taliban, telling them to "surrender the terrorists or surrender power." Despite the warning, a Taliban official repeated a call for evidence against suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden.


Blair used a keynote speech to a Labour Party conference to warn the Taliban, arguing they have had the chance to hand over bin Laden and now face military strikes, although he did not give a timetable. "There is only one outcome: Our victory, not theirs," Blair said. (Full story)

The Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan repeated a call for negotiations and said the Taliban still wanted to see proof of bin Laden's involvement before it would surrender him. "Where is the evidence? Where is the proof? We are not going to do this," Abdul Salam Zaeef told reporters in Quetta, a town in western Pakistan. (Full story)

President Bush said Tuesday that a Palestinian state was always "part of a vision" if Israel's right to exist is respected. The president's statement follows news that the administration is considering a series of high-profile steps related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to secure much-needed Arab support for the international coalition against terrorism. (Full story)

NATO Secretary-General George Robertson said the U.S. has presented "compelling and conclusive" evidence that the terror attacks on the U.S. were the work of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network. (Full story)

During a 90-minute session in Islamabad, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Wendy Chamberlin updated Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on the investigation into the terror attacks and other topics of interest between the two nations, the U.S. Embassy told CNN. (Full story)


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Will the resources in place to deal with the humanitarian crisis of the Afghan refugees be enough? Click here for more

What countries have joined the U.S. anti-terror coalition? Click here for more

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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 of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. Click here for more.

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

Donald Rumsfeld: U.S. secretary of defense. Click here for more.

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. 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.

Northern Alliance: A group of former mujahedeen fighters, mainly from minority ethnic groups, that oppose the Taliban. The group controls about five percent of northern Afghanistan.


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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