U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says there is no evidence that American warplanes have bombed an Afghan hospital as the Taleban has alleged.
Briefing reporters in Washington, Mr. Rumsfeld noted that the Taleban has also claimed to have shot down American helicopters and captured U.S. forces, both of which he said are false.
The Taleban had charged that bombs had struck a hospital in the western Afghan city of Herat, killing more than 100 people. In Afghanistan Monday, U.S. fighter jets carried out another raid on Taleban frontlines north of Kabul, apparently to help the anti-Taleban alliance forces advance on major cities.
It was the second day that U.S. warplanes targeted the entrenched Taleban positions guarding the approaches to Kabul.
Witnesses say they saw two jets circling over the front line between Taleban positions and the Alliance before one broke away, flew much lower and appeared to fire a missile at Taleban positions at Kali Nasru. A plume of black smoke billowed into the sky and a second strike followed swiftly, as Taleban forces responded with anti-aircraft fire.