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Anti-Taleban Commander Masood In Coma; New Leader Appointed - 2001-09-13


Afghanistan's anti-Taleban alliance says it has appointed a new military chief to replace its commander, Ahmed Shah Masood, who is in a coma after an assassination attempt.

The brother of Mr. Masood says the anti-Taleban commander is in critical condition. He was wounded Sunday when two men posing as Arab journalists exploded a bomb concealed in a video camera during an interview with him.

It has not been disclosed where Mr. Masood is receiving treatment for his injuries.

Meanwhile, Burhanuddin Rabbani, the president of Afghanistan's exiled government, has approved the appointment of General Mohammad Fahim as the leader of the Northern Alliance. General Fahim has been temporarily in control of the anti-Taleban forces since the attack on Mr. Masood.

Mr. Masood's forces hold a small part of Afghanistan. The country is mostly controlled by the Taleban.

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