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Army takes charge in Kandahar

The Army's 101st Airborne Division raises their flag in Kandahar on Saturday.  


SUMMARY:

The Marines at Kandahar handed over their base to about 800 soldiers from the Army's 101st Airborne Division in a simple ceremony Saturday before starting the trip back to Navy ships stationed off the Pakistani coast in the Arabian Sea. Two Marines suffered minor injuries before leaving the base Saturday when exhaust from a C-17 transport hurled a metal pallet through a tent where several Marines were sleeping. (Full story)

UPDATE:

The Marines at Kandahar handed over their base to about 800 soldiers from the Army's 101st Airborne Division in a simple ceremony Saturday before starting the trip back to Navy ships stationed off the Pakistani coast in the Arabian Sea. Two Marines suffered minor injuries before leaving the base Saturday when exhaust from a C-17 transport hurled a metal pallet through a tent where several Marines were sleeping. (Full story)

The Red Cross has begun its inspection of the U.S. prison camp set up for Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in Cuba and made "good recommendations," the Marine officer in charge of the camp said Saturday. "We're having some very frank, very open discussions," he said. "They're making some good recommendations, and we're trying to act on them." (Full story)

The arrest of three al Qaeda suspects in the Philippines is linked to December's arrests in Singapore of 15 other terrorism suspects, authorities in Manila said. The most recent arrests led Filipino authorities to one ton of explosives and detonating devices that police said were intended for targets in Southeast Asia. (Full story)

Spanish police have arrested two men near Barcelona with suspected links to the al Qaeda terrorist network, a government official said. The suspects had been sought by a Spanish judge in connection with a terrorist crackdown last November that resulted in the arrests of eight men believed to have direct links to al Qaeda. (Full story)

One of five terror suspects identified by the FBI on a videotape, Khalid Ibn Muhammad al-Juhani, is a Saudi national who has been suffering from mental problems, his family told a Saudi newspaper Saturday. Al-Juhani was one of five suspects shown on a video tape and photos released by the FBI last week as part of a public appeal for help in tracking down terrorists.

A Virgin Atlantic Airways flight carrying 357 people from Britain to the United States made an emergency landing at Keflavik airport in Iceland on Saturday following a bomb threat. The plane was evacuated after it landed. A bomb disposal crew was examining it late Saturday. (Full story)


  •  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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