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U.S. expands financial fight against terrorism

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SUMMARY:

The Bush administration expanded its financial crackdown on terrorism Friday, adding 39 names to its list of individuals and organizations whose assets are being frozen due to suspected support of terrorist groups. Meanwhile, a new round of anti-American protests broke out in Pakistan as other demonstrations fizzled in Indonesia.

UPDATE:

The U.S. Senate approved a tough antiterrorism bill, authorizing "roving wiretaps" so that law enforcement officials can get court orders to wiretap any phone a suspected terrorist might use and allowing non-U.S. terrorism suspects to be detained for up to seven days without specific charges. (Click here for more.)

Violent protests against the U.S.-led strikes in Afghanistan broke out Friday -- the first Muslim holy day since the strikes began -- in Karachi, and several other Pakistani cities. Pakistani police, with soldiers on call, cracked down on the demonstrators. Meanwhile, turnout was small for protests in Indonesia. (Click here for more.)

The Bush administration added 39 names Friday to the 27-strong list of individuals and organizations whose assets in the United States are being frozen because they are suspected of providing financial support to terrorist groups.

U.S. airstrikes continued non-stop over Afghanistan, as several bombers, supplemented by carrier-based fighter aircraft and Tomahawk cruise missile launches, struck at multiple targets, in attacks described by eyewitnesses as the fiercest yet of the young campaign. (Click here for more.)

The Taliban supreme leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has pledged "death or victory" in the battle against the United States and other nations bombarding Afghanistan. He said the Taliban would never hand over suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden. (Click here for more.)


  •  Summary

  •  Update

  •  Key questions

  •  Who's who

  •  Impact


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KEY QUESTIONS:

When will the Northern Alliance, the anti-Taliban group that controls up to 10 percent of Afghanistan, begin a ground offensive to take the capital of Kabul? Are they making any progress? (Click here for more.)

What is life like in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, with increasingly intense U.S. airstrikes overhead? (Click here for more.)

How long will the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan last? (Click here for more.)

What is the goal to the U.S. airstrikes over Afghanistan? What is the key to the mission's success? (Click here for more.)

What is the White House doing to prevent al Qaeda from airing what it calls "propaganda" on U.S. media outlets? (Click here for more.)

Who are the key players in the political landscape of Afghanistan, and how could U.S. military intervention affect the balance of power there? (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.)

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

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

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.)

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.)

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

George Robertson: Secretary-General of NATO (and former British defense minister) (Click here for more.)

IMPACT:

The military attacks that began October 7 mark the start of what the Bush administration says will be a lengthy struggle against terrorist organizations worldwide -- one that could take years.



 
 
 
 



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