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A convoy of trucks carry surrendering Taliban fighters across the Bangi Bridge on the Konduz front line on Saturday.  


Northern Alliance leaders Sunday claimed control of half of Konduz, the Taliban's last stronghold in northern Afghanistan, amid an uprising by Taliban prisoners who surrendered a day before. Reports from the prison compound outside Mazar-e Sharif said hundreds of Taliban prisoners may have been killed when Northern Alliance troops, with the aid of U.S. airstrikes, put down the revolt.

Meanwhile, representatives of four Afghan groups prepared to meet in Germany on Tuesday in hopes of forming a new government to replace the Taliban, who now control less than a third of the country after five years of rule.


A Pentagon spokesman said the Taliban prisoner revolt began Sunday afternoon among 300 non-Afghan Taliban who had smuggled weapons into the camp. A U.S. military adviser at the scene reported that hundreds of prisoners may have been killed in the uprising. (Full story)

Pro-Taliban fighters from other countries should be turned over to the United Nations, Northern Alliance leader Burhanuddin Rabbani said Sunday. Rabbani, the internationally recognized Afghan president, said the Taliban's international troops would be guaranteed safety and turned over to the international body. (Full story)

The Northern Alliance and three other Afghan groups are scheduled to begin talks Tuesday on forming a post-Taliban government. Alliance Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah said the U.N.-sponsored conference, to be held in Bonn, Germany, would include women among the delegates -- a departure from the Taliban regime, which kept women out of any public realm. (Full story)

Two days ahead of the Bonn conference, Pakistan and the European Union called for a multinational force to be put in Afghanistan only after a broad-based government has been established. The 15-member EU has so far pledged $272 million in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan. (Full story)

Amid protests, Japanese naval vessels have left port, heading into the Indian Ocean on a mission to provide logistical support for the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. It represents the country's first military deployment in a war situation since World War II. (Full story)

Former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that he has agreed to a meeting of ethnic Afghan groups (November 20)

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Jalalabad is calm now following a change in power, but the Afghan city could still turn bloody. CNN's Bill Delaney reports (November 19)

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Who are the Northern Alliance and other 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)

Will the Taliban surrender or will they continue to fight, possibly launching a guerilla war out of Afghanistan's mountains? (Click here for more)

Where is Mullah Omar Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the Taliban?

What kind of government will replace the Taliban if the religious group is removed as the country's government? Will there be a U.N. or international peacekeeping force in Kabul? (Click here for more)

How are the citizens of Kabul reacting to the Taliban abandoning the city? (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)


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)

The Taliban: A group of Islamic fundamentalists, mainly from Afghanistan's Pashtun ethnic group, which is the country's largest ethnic group. The Taliban that gained control of most of the country by 1997 and instituted an extreme form of Islamic law. (Click here for more)

Northern Alliance: A group of former mujahedeen fighters, mainly from minority ethnic groups that oppose the Taliban. (Click here for more)

George Robertson: NATO secretary-general and former British defense minister. (Click here for more)

George Tenet: CIA director. (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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