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Northern Alliance troops met fierce resistance around Kolkata Hill, near the Taliban-controlled cities of Taloquan and Kunduz in northeastern Afghanistan. Among the casualties Saturday were a Northern Alliance commander and a civilian killed by Taliban artillery, while land mines badly wounded several opposition fighters. (Full story)


The fall of Mazar-e Sharif could open the way for opposition offensives against the Afghan capital Kabul and Heart in western Afghanistan. It also could allow U.S. forces to resupply Northern Alliance troops, distribute humanitarian aid or stage attacks inside Afghanistan itself. (Full story)

Thousands of family and friends of the 5,000 sailors on board the Enterprise greeted the vessel as it returned home to Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday. The ship had been scheduled to head home earlier, but the September 11 terrorist attacks changed those plans. (Full story)

President Bush urged all nations Saturday to abide by a U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at crushing terrorism -- or risk being targets themselves. "Every nation has a stake in this cause," Bush said during his first-ever address to the world body. "As we meet, the terrorists are planning more murder, perhaps in my country, perhaps in yours." (Full story)

In an interview published in a Pakistani newspaper, Osama bin Laden said his al Qaeda group has nuclear and chemical weapons and will use them against the United States if attacked. The man believed to have masterminded the terror attacks on the United States also repeatedly said the September 11 attacks on the U.S. were part of a "defensive jihad." (Full story)

Refugees in Pakistan are allowed to receive an education, something strictly forbidden by the Taliban. CNN's Rebecca MacKinnon reports (November 8)

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Overrun by casualties and lacking in equipment, Afghan medical facilities are getting stretched to their limits. CNN's Nic Robertson reports (November 8)

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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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