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Rumsfeld Says Progress Made in Air War - 2001-10-28


U-S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the U-S led military campaign in Afghanistan is going well.

Speaking on U-S television Sunday, Mr. Rumsfeld said "measurable progress" has been made. He said the United States has not ruled out the use of ground troops, but would not say whether they will be deployed soon. Mr. Rumsfeld spoke at the start of a fourth week of U-S airstrikes against Taleban and suspected terrorist targets.

Witnesses say U-S bombs hit a residential area of the capital Kabul, killing at least 10 civilians, Sunday.

In another development, Taleban authorities say they have buried the body of Afghan opposition commander Abdul Haq. Taleban authorities say he was executed Friday after he was accused of spying for the United States -- a charge denied by U-S officials.

Mr. Rumsfeld says Mr. Haq did request U-S assistance before his capture. He said there was a response from the air by an element of the U-S government, which he did not specify.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Tony Blair is calling on British people to show their "moral fibre" by holding firm in the fight against terrorism.

His comments come amid numerous British media reports commenting on bombing errors in Afghanistan and questions about the progress of the war.

The comments are part of a speech Mr. Blair will deliver Tuesday to the Welsh assembly.

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