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Detainees spend first full day in Cuba

SUMMARY:

Twenty al Qaeda and Taliban detainees spent their first full day Saturday at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The captives are in 6-foot-by-8-foot outdoor cells bordered by chain-link fence, and have been given a number of "comfort items" -- including a foam-rubber sleeping mat, flip-flop sandals and a copy of the Koran -- U.S. military officials said.

UPDATE:

Investigators have recovered five of seven bodies of U.S. Marines killed Wednesday when their KC-130 military refueling plane crashed in western Pakistan, U.S. military officials in Kandahar, Afghanistan, said Saturday. The Marines said they are hopeful they will soon recover the other two bodies, which will be transported to Ramstein Air Base in Germany and then to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. (Full story)

B-52s and other U.S. bombers continued to strike a former al Qaeda complex in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday. The heavy airstrikes, similar to those carried out by allied aircraft in recent days, hit the Zawar Kili complex 30 miles southwest of Khowst, on Afghanistan's border with Pakistan. It's currently unoccupied, according to the Pentagon.

A statue based on a famous photograph of firefighters raising a U.S. flag at Ground Zero has drawn criticism from some firefighters and their families, who call the sculpture an attempt to rewrite history and political correctness run amok. In the statue, the three white firefighters in the photo have been transformed into one white, one black and one Hispanic. (Full story)

Col. Terry Carrico, the self-described warden of "Camp X-Ray," the temporary detention complex on the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said 20 Afghan war detainees spent a "calm and peaceful" first night there Friday. Inmates carried on some conversation after their arrival Friday afternoon from Afghanistan, he said, but were "very fatigued." (Full story)

U.S. officials told the British Foreign Office that a British national is among the Afghan war detainees being held at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a spokesman for the London-based office said Saturday. British officials said they are trying to verify the man's identity, having been assured by the Americans that all the detainees will be treated in accordance with international law.


  •  Summary

  •  Update

  •  Key questions

  •  Who's who

  •  Impact


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KEY QUESTIONS:

Who are the key members of the newly installed Afghan interim government? (Click here for more)

Do the remaining Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan still pose a threat?

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

What kind of permanent government will eventually 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. campaign in Afghanistan? What is the key to the mission's success?

WHO'S WHO:

George W. Bush: U.S. president

Hamid Karzai: A Pashtun tribal leader and the chairman of Afghanistan's interim government.

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

IMPACT:

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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