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Afghanistan's Opposition Pledges Support for U-S Military Action - 2001-09-16


Afghanistan's armed opposition has pledged full support for possible U-S military action in their country.

A spokesman for the opposition Northern Alliance, Abdullah Abdullah, told U-S television Sunday his guerrilla group has offered the United States cooperation in any operation against terrorist camps in Afghanistan.

Mr. Abdullah said the opposition wants to see the destruction of the terrorists, as well as the Taleban establishment. He added that his group's support would be extremely helpful.

Earlier Sunday, the opposition alliance's former military leader Ahmad Shah Masood was buried near his home village in the Panjsher valley in the country's north. He died from wounds inflicted by a suicide bomber on September ninth. The Northern Alliance says the veteran commander died Saturday.

Bodyguards immediately killed another man who participated in the attack. Both of the attackers had posed as journalists. They had concealed a bomb in a video camera.

Officials from neighboring Tajikistan are quoted Sunday as saying there is evidence the two attackers were from Morocco. Earlier reports said the two killers were from Algeria.

Mr. Masood, who was 49, was an ethnic Tajik. The troops he led before his death continue to control a small part of Afghanistan's northeast.

Meanwhile, Reuters news agency reports the opposition carried out an air raid Sunday on the northern Taleban-held town of Mazar-i-Sharif.

Wednesday, opposition helicopter gunships attacked Kabul airport.

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