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U-S, British Forces Pound Afghanistan - 2001-10-07


U-S-led forces have launched a fresh wave of attacks against the Afghan capital, Kabul, retaliating for the September 11th terrorist strikes in New York City and Washington.

Reports from Kabul say bombing resumed there early Monday local time after a lull of several hours. Taleban fighters responded with anti-aircraft fire.

Earler, U-S and British forces used cruise missiles and stealth bombers to strike against targets in Kabul, the southern city of Kandahar and other key towns.

The Pentagon says U-S aircraft also have begun dropping humanitarian relief supplies to Afghan refugees concentrated near the border with Pakistan.

A Taleban official says the attacks have caused no major damage. But other Afghan sources say the strikes in Kandahar destroyed airport radar facilities and the control tower.

A Taleban official says fighters have shot down a Western plane in the southern Afghan province of Farah. The Pentagon refused to comment on the claim.

In another development, Iran's official news agency says fighting has broken out between the Taleban and people in the Afghan town of Zaranj near the Iranian border. The IRNA agency says the clashes erupted following the Sunday's U-S and British strikes.

Iran's news agency is also reporting that the anti-Taleban Northern Alliance plans to launch its own attacks against the Taleban at dawn Monday morning. IRNA quotes an opposition leader who says that while the U-S-led attacks have made the group's tasks easier, the opposition will be battling for its own goals, not the United States.

Meanwhile, C-N-N says a second wave of attacks on Kandahar may have targeted the home of Taleban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. The Taleban cleric has admitted hiding chief terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden -- the reputed mastermind behind the deadly attacks on the United States.

The Taleban ambassador to Pakistan said both Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden survived the initial U-S-led attacks.

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