Marines occupy Kandahar airport
The United States believes opposition fighters and U.S. troops have surrounded Osama bin Laden in a cave complex near Tora Bora in Afghanistan, but a U.S. official cautioned that the United States has received conflicting reports and does not know for certain where bin Laden is.
Meanwhile, U.S. Marines moved into Kandahar to take control of the airport that was once the Taliban's political and spiritual base. U.S. and local forces continued to search for Afghanistan's former Taliban ruler, Mullah Mohammed Omar, and supporters who fled the city before its surrender.
Afghan sources told CNN that 70 to 80 U.S. troops were aiding their effort, with especially intense activities taking place during nighttime hours. British Special Forces were also reported in the area. The United States also has been using one of its largest weapons in Afghanistan -- the 15,000-pound "daisy cutter" bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal. (Full story)
All 15 European Union countries have agreed to take part in the United Nations' plan for an Afghanistan peacekeeping force. The unprecedented move marks the first time the EU has taken part as a bloc in this kind of military force. (Full story)
On a videotape released by the Bush administration, bin Laden recounts with delight the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. Reveling in the details of the fatal attacks, bin Laden brags in Arabic that the destruction went beyond his hopes and "benefited Islam greatly." (Full story)
Some Muslims reacted skeptically to videotape the Bush administration says shows bin Laden taking credit for the September 11 terrorist attacks. After the tape aired, some expressed the belief that the tape may have been doctored. (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?
Now that the last Taliban stronghold has fallen, will its fleeing members still pose a threat?
Where is Mullah Mohammed Omar, the spiritual leader of the Taliban?
What kind of permanent government will next rule Afghanistan?
How will a multinational peacekeeping force be received in war-weary Afghanistan?
How long will the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan last?
What is the goal of the U.S. airstrikes over Afghanistan? What is the key to the mission's success?
George W. Bush: U.S. president
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.
Condoleezza Rice: U.S. national security adviser.
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.
Gen. Richard B. Myers: Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Gen. Tommy Franks: Head of U.S. Central Command.
Donald Rumsfeld: U.S. secretary of defense.
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.
Northern Alliance: A group of former mujahedeen fighters, mainly from minority ethnic groups that oppose the Taliban.
George Robertson: NATO secretary-general and former British defense minister.
George Tenet: CIA director
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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