Afghan president supports escalated airstrikes
JABAL SERAAJ, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The internationally recognized president of Afghanistan said Friday that intensified U.S.-led airstrikes are the best way to eliminate terrorists.
"The terrorists and the dangerous personalities that are the focus of these bombing campaigns, they have sought refuge in the front lines so the best way to target them is to intensify," Burhanuddin Rabbani told CNN.
Rabbani is internationally recognized as Afghanistan's president and holds Afghanistan's seat in the United Nations. He controls the northeastern, largely Tajik, portion of the country, including the strategic Panjshir valley north of Kabul.
He said he looks forward to the day when the Taliban are removed from power and a "broad-based government" can take its place.
"Of course, as the Northern Alliance is concerned, we are interested in including various ethnic backgrounds and all the different sides involved in this dialogue," he said.
On CNN's Larry King Live, Rabbani called the Taliban's reported execution of Afghan opposition leader Abdul Haq "very tragic event and it is very telling of the cruelty of the Taliban and how unforgiving they are."
A U.S. official tells CNN that Haq used his cell phone to call a friend in Pakistan, who called a friend in Washington asking for help.
According to this official, the only weapon handy was an unmanned Predator drone armed with hellfire missiles, which fired at the Taliban forces but apparently was not enough to save Haq.
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