Rumsfeld: Terrorist 'Top 10' still alive
U.S. warplanes targeted Taliban forces near the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border Monday for the first time in support of troops of the opposition Northern Alliance. Meanwhile, U.S. and British officials tried to defuse criticism of the progress of the antiterrorist campaign, while observers watched new signs of civil unrest in key ally Pakistan.
Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said recent strikes have concentrated on Taliban forces in north Afghanistan and that Northern Alliance forces are helping direct U.S. strikes. Rumsfeld said U.S. airstrikes had killed some Taliban and al Qaeda leaders, but none he considered among the top 10 leaders. (Full story)
Northern Alliance commanders said the latest U.S. raids occurred near a Taliban military base along the Kokcha River in northeastern Afghanistan. Taliban fighters along the front didn't respond immediately, they remain in the area and likely will choose their moment to fight back, commanders warned. (Full story)
The chief of U.S. forces in southwest Asia held talks Monday with Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf, whose support for the U.S.-led Afghanistan campaign has caused trouble at home. (Full story)
Civil unrest has been reported in some parts of Pakistan in relation to the U.S.-led bombing campaign in neighboring Afghanistan. And in southern Pakistan, Islamic extremists are suspected in a bloody attack Sunday on Christian churchgoers. CNN describes the scene from Islamabad. (Full story)
A committee of Iran's parliament, which is dominated by the reformist supporters of moderate President Mohammad Khatami, called for direct talks with the United States on setting up a new Afghan government. (Full story)
What kind of government will replace the Taliban if the religious group is removed as the country's government? (Click here for more)
Where are the Taliban positioning troops and equipment in civilian areas? Does this factor into where the U.S. decides to strike? (Click here for more)
What effect will the support and opposition within Pakistan of the U.S.-led military strikes have on the war against terrorism?
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 of 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.)
George W. Bush: U.S. president (Click here for more.)
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.)
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.)
Gen. Tommy Franks: Head of U.S. Central Command. (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 mujahedeen 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.)
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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