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Retaliation: Rumsfeld 'tending' to coalition

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SUMMARY:

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is on the third leg of his trip to the Middle East and Central Asia. U.S. officials described his mission as "tending" to the concerns of a variety of countries necessary to the U.S. coalition.

UPDATE:

Rumsfeld is in Egypt, a key U.S. ally in the region. His next stop will be Uzbekistan, where he will review U.S. plans to use the former Soviet republic bordering Afghanistan as a staging ground for any U.S. missions in Afghanistan. (Full story)

President Bush announced a $320 million humanitarian aid package for the people of Afghanistan. Anticipating U.S.-led military strikes, many Afghans have attempted to flee the country into neighboring Pakistan. "America will stand strong and oppose the sponsors of terror, and America will stand strong and help the people who are hurt by those regimes," Bush said. (Full story)

Pakistan said the evidence gathered by U.S. investigators against suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden was enough for an indictment over the September 11 attacks in the United States. The declaration was the most supportive yet from a predominantly Muslim nation regarding the U.S. position that bin Laden played a major role in the September 11 attacks. (Full story)

Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who was drug czar during President Clinton's second term, said in an online exchange last month that those against the United States in its war on terrorism would "be killed suddenly, in significant numbers and without warning." (Full story)

In London, British Prime Minister Tony Blair told Parliament that three of the 19 people identified as hijackers in last month's terrorist attack were confirmed associates of Osama bin Laden. (Full story)

KEY QUESTIONS:


  •  Summary

  •  Update

  •  Key questions

  •  Who's who

  •  Impact

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

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

How will retaliation affect Americans at home and abroad? Click here for more

Will NATO play a role? Click here for more

Will this crisis lead to a new role in U.S.-Russia relations? Click here for more

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 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. 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.

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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