A U-S Air Force cargo plane has crashed in a remote region of Afghanistan, injuring the eight crew members on board.
The U-S Central Command - which directs the war in Afghanistan - says the cause of this (Wednesday) morning's crash is not yet known, but it does not appear to be the result of hostile fire.
A statement from the Command says all of the eight crew survived the crash and that their injuries are not life-threatening.
In Washington, the White House says President Bush will meet with U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan later today (Wednesday) to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and other issues.
Meanwhile, the U-S Defense Department strongly rejects a Washington Post (newspaper) report that U-S forces beat Afghan detainees, who were freed after being taken into custody last month in a raid in southern Afghanistan. The chairman of the U-S Joint Chiefs of Staff, general Richard Myers, said investigators found that none of the 27 detainees had been subjected to any rough treatment or beatings.
In Afghanistan, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province said about 15 former Taleban members are willing to surrender. However, the spokesman declined to identify the men, who he said, are holding indirect negotiations with interim Afghan authorities.
Kandahar officials claim they played a key role in last week's surrender of former Taleban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmed Mutawakil, who is being questioned by U-S forces.