U.S.-led Coalition Continues Bombing in Afghanistan

National Geographic News
October 9, 2001

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Latest news: Sunday's and Monday's air strikes damaged or destroyed 85 percent of targets throughout Afghanistan, U.S. Air Force General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a briefing for reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said at the same briefing that the air strikes had hit every airfield in Afghanistan but one. The U.S.-led coalition could now conduct strikes in Afghanistan "more or less around the clock as we wish," he said. Listen to the Pentagon briefing.

Four members of a local organization working with the United Nations mine-clearing programme in Afghanistan were killed Monday night during the bombardment of the capital, Kabul, a UN spokesperson said Tuesday.

Rumsfeld said he couldn't confirm reports that U.S. bombs killed the UN workers. "Nonetheless, we regret a loss of life. Terrorists attacked and killed thousands of innocent people in dozens of countries of all races and religions in the United States.If there were an easy, safe way to root terrorist networks out of countries that are harboring them, it would be a blessing. But there is not, Rumsfeld said."

Commenting on the death of the aid workers, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said "for the UN it was a hard blow."

The United Nations is continuing its efforts to bring aid to the suffering people of Afghanistan while working to protect its personnel in the country, Annan said. Read Annan's comments.

CNN reported that investigators are considering the possibility that a letter sent to the mailroom of a Florida tabloid publishing company could have carried the anthrax bacteria that killed an employee. Read the CNN story.

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