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U-S Bombers Blast Taleban at Kunduz - 2001-11-18


U-S warplanes thundered above the northern Afghan city of Kunduz today (Sunday), raining bombs on the Taleban stronghold as troops of the northern alliance blasted Taleban front-line positions with artillery fire.

Clouds of smoke and debris shrouded the battered city today, as waves of huge U-S B-52 bombers and fighter jets repeatedly struck Taleban targets.

Reports say Taleban leaders have offered to surrender the city if alliance commanders guarantee non-Afghan Taleban allies will not be killed, and if the surrender is witnessed by U-N observers. Alliance leaders have not commented publicly on the surrender offer.

Earlier, refugees fleeing the city said some hardline foreign militants -- including Arab, Pakistani and Chechens fighting alongside the Taleban -- had already killed dozens of Taleban soldiers who were trying to surrender.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, Taleban forces also continued today to hold Kandahar, their last stronghold in southern Afghanistan and home base of their leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. Osama bin Laden, head of the terrorist al Qaida network, is also thought to be hiding in the southern region.

Witnesses reported seeing some Taleban fighters flee Kandahar. But the Taleban dismisses as lies reports that Mullah Omar plans to surrender Kandahar soon to Pashtun tribal leaders. . American warplanes began bombing Taleban and al-Qaida targets in Afghanistan on October seventh in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States.

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