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Justice announces charges against Walker

A Defense Department photograph of the Zawar Kili camp  


SUMMARY:

Captured American Taliban fighter John Walker will be brought back to the United States to stand trial on multiple charges, including conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals abroad, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Meanwhile, U.S. Marines Tuesday uncovered a cache of weapons hidden in caves and tunnels near the airport in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where the Marines have been holding al Qaeda and Taliban detainees.

UPDATE:

The charges against Walker do not carry the death penalty, but he could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft told reporters. "We may never know why he turned his back on our country and our values, but we cannot ignore that he did," Ashcroft said. (Full story)

In Kandahar, the Marines blew up the openings to the caves and tunnels where they found mortar fuses, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades about 1,000 yards away from their base at the city's airport. It is the same area where machine gun fire went off last Thursday shortly after the first plane carrying al Qaeda and Taliban detainees took off for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Full story)

U.S. officials say they were taking "very seriously" a report that a U.S. civilian had been kidnapped in Afghanistan, but said they had little more information Tuesday. Clark Russell Bowers called his wife Amanda last week to tell her he had been detained by a local warlord who demanded a ransom for his release. (Full story)

U.S. commanders awarded the Bronze Star on Monday to 11 Green Berets for bravery in battles against the Taliban outside Kandahar and in putting down the Taliban and al Qaeda prisoner revolt outside Mazar-e Sharif; 13 soldiers and two Air Force airmen wounded in Afghanistan received the Purple Heart. (Full story)

The FBI and U.S. Postal Service were expected to announce Wednesday they were increasing the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever mailed anthrax-laced letters last fall from $1.25 million to $2.5 million. The increase was expected to be announced at a news conference in Trenton, New Jersey, where some of the letters were postmarked. (Full story)


  •  Summary

  •  Update

  •  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)

The Pentagon is considering a number of options to scale back combat air patrols under way over the United States since September 11, according to defense sources. They linked this review to a severe drain on U.S. Air Force personnel and aircraft, but they emphasized no decisions have been made. (Full story)

Al Qaeda militants practiced carrying out a mass assassination of world leaders and an attack on a motorcade, according to a video obtained in Afghanistan and broadcast on Australian television. The tapes showed what were said to be Arab, Pakistani and African fighters rehearsing hostage-takings and assassinations. (Full story)

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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