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Retaliation: U.S. troops en route to Uzbekistan

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U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division soldiers march in Uzbekistan during training exercises in 1998.  


SUMMARY:

About 1,000 U.S. troops are headed to Uzbekistan, which borders Afghanistan, after the former Soviet republic agreed to allow U.S. forces to use one of its bases for humanitarian missions.

UPDATE:

Nearly 1,000 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division based in Fort Drum, New York, will provide security at an airfield in Uzbekistan, which is allowing the United States to use the air base for humanitarian purposes only. (Full story)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is headed home after a three-day swing through the Middle East and Central Asia. Rumsfeld's meetings with leaders in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, Uzbekistan and Turkey have been aimed at securing cooperation from the vital countries in the region surrounding Afghanistan. Rumsfeld said he realized that each country he visited will have different roles to fulfill as the global war on terrorism takes shape. (Full story)

British Prime Minister Tony Blair praised the decision by Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to cooperate with the U.S.-led international coalition against terrorism after the two held talks. (Full story)

Despite President Bush's stated aversion to "nation-building," the United States would be obligated to rebuild a ravaged Afghanistan if its ruling Taliban are overthrown in the campaign against terrorism, observers say. (Full story)

A senior intelligence official told the Senate Intelligence Committee there is "a 100-percent chance" of another terrorist attack against the United States in the wake of any military action in Afghanistan, according to a source at the meeting. (Full story)

A spokesman for Afghanistan's exiled king said he is sending representatives to Pakistan and Iran to discuss Afghanistan's future political situation. The move was confirmed on Friday by Amid Sidig, a spokesman for the former ruler, Mohammed Zahir Shah, who was deposed in a 1973 coup and lives in Rome. (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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