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U.S. wraps up Zawar Kili search

SUMMARY:

U.S. troops Monday were wrapping up their search of the massive al Qaeda camp at Zawar Kili, in eastern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said. The troops were calling in airstrikes to close off the caves beneath the 9-square-mile complex and to flatten the 60 buildings above ground.

Meanwhile, a U.S. transport landed without incident Monday afternoon in Cuba with more than 30 al Qaeda and Taliban detainees under heavy guard, joining the 20 who arrived Friday at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay.

UPDATE:

Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said the International Committee of the Red Cross would be allowed to visit the captives at Guantanamo later this week. "Each day the detainees are given three culturally appropriate meals. They have daily opportunities to shower, exercise and receive medical attention," Clarke said. (Full story)

The U.S. Embassy in Yemen tightened security Monday in response to a specific and credible threat linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, a senior State Department official told CNN. The State Department advised Americans in Yemen to keep a low profile and to exercise "particular caution" at U.S.-affiliated franchises and areas Americans frequent. (Full story)

U.S. warplanes dropped nine precision-guided bombs on the Zawar Kili camp over three hours Monday morning after a weekend of intense bombing. The camp is near the Afghan-Pakistan border, and the impact of the bombs could be felt in the Pakistani border town of Miram Shah about six miles (10 kilometers) away. (Full story)


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  •  Key questions

  •  Who's who

  •  Impact


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CNN's Kamal Hyder reports on the scene just across the border in Pakistan from the bombing at Zawar Kili. (Full story)

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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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