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The Northern Alliance is claiming that its forces captured a town south of the strategically important city of Mazar-e Sharif. The Pentagon also confirmed that it helped a Pashtun leader attempting to organize resistance against the Taliban leave southern Afghanistan.


Northern Alliance commanders claimed two victories Tuesday, including the capture of the town of Kisindeh, just south of the strategically important city of Mazar-e Sharif. They said 400 Taliban soldiers had defected including five commanders. The report could not be independently verified. (Full story)

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday that U.S. forces helped Hamid Karzai get out of Afghanistan over the weekend. Karzai is a Pashtun leader attempting to organize resistance against the Taliban. (Full story)

The U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday that it believes 135,000 new Afghan refugees have entered Pakistan since September 11. At least 75,000 are thought to have entered the North West Frontier province and 60,000 have trekked into Baluchistan province, according to the Pakistani office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. (Full story)

The Pentagon denied reports from local Pakistani officials that a U.S. helicopter crashed in the southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan on Sunday night. (Full story)

Britain's foreign secretary says capturing or killing a "psychotic" Osama bin Laden will not prevent his al Qaeda network from launching fresh terrorist attacks. The Saudi-born dissident, suspected by the West of being responsible for the September 11 attacks in the U.S., "will get caught in the end," Jack Straw said in a newspaper interview published on Tuesday. (Full story)

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has offered up to 3,900 troops for the U.S.-led war on terrorism, backing up Germany's pledge of solidarity with the United States. The offer includes help in combating nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; medical services; special forces; air transport, and naval forces to protect shipping lanes, Schroeder told a news conference. (Full story)

CNN's Rula Amin reports on reactions by Arab foreign ministers to the latest statements by Osama bin Laden (November 4)

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U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld assures Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf of continued support. CNN's David reports (November 4)

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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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