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Taliban renews, U.S. rejects bin Laden offer

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SUMMARY:

U.S. warplanes pounded Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar on Sunday, a day after the ruling Taliban's spiritual leader rejected another call to turn over suspected terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

The Taliban made an offer of their own Sunday, saying they would be willing to discuss giving bin Laden to a third country for trial if the United States ended its attacks and provided evidence of bin Laden's involvement in the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.

The White House quickly rejected the offer, and President Bush said the U.S. position was "non-negotiable."

UPDATE:

Overnight U.S. raids on the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar lasted several hours, focusing on Taliban military headquarters and power lines, sources told CNN. The Afghan capital of Kabul was also hit, but not as intensely. Air attacks resumed on Sunday night, targeting positions about 40 miles north of Kabul where Taliban artillery and armor had been moved into the mountains. (Full story)

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is trying to promote stability and keep a delicate balance in the U.S. anti-terror war as he visits India and Pakistan this week. He hopes to to cool the dispute between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir region. (Full story)

At least one person was killed and 12 were injured during a pro-Taliban demonstration Sunday in Jacobabad, Pakistan, a police source told CNN. The violence occurred during a confrontation between Pakistani police and marchers who were headed toward an air base that the United States and its allies use. Three police officers were taken to a hospital. (Full story)

Anti-Taliban forces based in Iran said more than 4,000 men who have been fighting alongside the Taliban have now joined the opposition Northern Alliance, whose leaders said they want to move against Kabul soon. There was no sign of a buildup along the alliance's front lines Sunday. (Full story)

CNN Correspondent Nic Robertson was traveling with a Taliban-escorted group of 14 international journalists inside Afghanistan. The journalists were being taken to see what the Taliban said was the destruction caused by the U.S.-led airstrikes. (Full story)


  •  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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