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Alliance say U.S. campaign 'ineffective'

Afghan opposition
Afghan opposition leaders are trying to come up with an alternative government to the Taliban  


By Matthew Chance
CNN Correspondent

NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN (CNN) -- Afghanistan's Northern Alliance says the U.S.-led military campaign has been ineffective in destroying Taliban defenses.

Taliban targets have not been bombed intently enough, Northern Allliance foreign ministry sources have told CNN.

Their comment came after U.S. and British senior military and political officials met behind closed doors with the Northern Alliance, otherwise known as the United Front.

The Alliance, who have been fighting the ruling Taliban since they took over Kabul in 1996 are seen as key in helping the United States crack down on the Taliban, prime terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden, and his al Qaeda network.

In the most recent meeting on Thursday night -- attended by three top U.S. officers and at least one British general -- the two sides discussed the best way to coordinate the coalition air campaign with possible ground action involving the Northern Alliance.

Topping the agenda was a plan to send military advisers to the front line north of Kabul to assist in planning a strategy.



 
 
 
 


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