Search focuses on southern Afghanistan
U.S. forces are searching for Taliban leaders and Osama bin Laden around the Afghan cities of Kandahar and Jalalabad, the U.S. commander in the region said Tuesday. Meanwhile, Afghan groups gathered in Germany to hammer out a framework for a post-Taliban government in Afghanistan.
Gen. Tommy Franks, the chief of the U.S. Central Command, said Tuesday U.S. and allied intelligence sources have led coalition forces to pay "very close attention" to the areas surrounding Kandahar and Jalalabad. But Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld noted those areas were not the only places the U.S.-led coalition is looking for bin Laden. (Full story)
Author Larry Goodson said the caves and tunnels of southern Afghanistan are unlikely to be destroyed strictly by aerial attack and could allow Taliban troops and al Qaeda operatives to move long distances without surfacing. (Full story)
Afghan groups meeting in Germany are discussing a plan for a two-year period of interim government that would lead to a constitution and a broad-based, post-Taliban government. A U.N. spokesman said Tuesday the delegates plan to spend three to five days working on the plan and hope to achieve an agreement in that period. (Full story)
Northern Alliance troops, along with U.S. and British special forces, fought Tuesday to snuff out a small pocket of resistance following a weekend uprising of Taliban prisoners outside Mazar-e Sharif. "There were 30 to 40 hard-core people still on the inside, and it is a matter of rooting them out," Franks said. (Full story)
Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh met with President Bush Tuesday and is expected to sign an antiterrorist agreement covering the exchange of intelligence information with Washington. The October 2000 bombing of the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen was blamed on bin Laden. (Full story)
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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