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Retaliation: Bush says 'time is running out'

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SUMMARY:

President Bush, in his weekly radio address, warned that "time is running out" for the Taliban to meet his demand that they surrender Osama bin Laden, the Islamic militant leader U.S. officials blame for the September 11 attacks on Washington and New York. The United States has been massing forces in southwest Asia for a possible strike against Afghanistan if the Taliban refuse to comply.

UPDATE:

The Bush administration also rejected an offer by the ruling Taliban to release Western aid workers on trial in Afghanistan if the United States ended its "propaganda" about military action. "Full warning has been given and time is running out," Bush said. (Full story )

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld returned to Washington early Saturday after a three-day swing to garner international support for the U.S.-led war on terrorism, capped by an unplanned stop in Turkey. He met with leaders in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt, Uzbekistan and Turkey. Each nation could play a key role in any possible humanitarian and military missions in the region. (Full story)

After meeting Pakistan's leader Friday, British Prime Minister Tony Blair traveled to India, Pakistan's neighbor and rival, and met with his Indian counterpart to seek support for the coalition. He repeated his ultimatum to Afghanistan's ruling Taliban: hand over suspected terrorism Osama bin Laden or be treated as an enemy. (Full story)

Taliban Foreign Ministry officials tell CNN that Taliban anti-aircraft weapons fired from three locations Saturday at a U.S. plane over Kabul without hitting it. Officials said the plane did not attack, was flying at a very high altitude out of reach of anti-aircraft and did not belong to the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance.

Overthrowing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein could cause problems for the United States without strong evidence of an Iraqi connection to the September 11 terrorist attacks, House lawmakers were cautioned this week. (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)

Afghanistan's ruling Taliban government Saturday offered to release eight Western aid workers if the "United States stops its mass propaganda of military action against the people of Afghanistan," the group said in statement. (Full story)

KEY QUESTIONS:


  •  Summary

  •  Update

  •  Key questions

  •  Who's who

  •  Impact

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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.

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.

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

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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