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US Planes Pound Taleban in Northern Afghanistan - 2001-11-02


U-S warplanes have carried out saturation bombing raids on Taleban positions in northern Afghanistan Friday.

High-flying B-52 bombers carpet bombed the front lines in the Shomali plains region north of the capital Kabul. The warplanes also attacked Taleban positions on hills overlooking the opposition-held Bagram airport.

The Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press quotes Taleban authorities in northern Afghanistan as saying they have located the wreckage of a U-S plane the said was shot down on Thursday. The report says there is no trace of a pilot. The Pentagon has denied losing any aircraft Thursday -- manned or otherwise.

The Taleban also says Thursday's airstrikes damaged a hydro-electric plant in southern Helmand province, cutting off power to (the cities of) Lashkargah and Kandahar. The Taleban also claims its forces repulsed a major offensive led by Uzbek General Abdul Rashid Dostum in northern Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, more than one-thousand armed tribesmen are crossing into Afghanistan from Bajaur, Pakistan, today to support the Taleban. The new recruits are joining hundreds of others who crossed the border into southern Afghanistan on Thursday to fight against U-S military forces.

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