America launches attacks on Afghanistan

New York- US (PANA) -- The US Sunday launched attacks on Afghanistan targeting the military command posts of the ruling Taliban government and terrorist training camps in the country.
US President George W.
Bush announced in a national address just before 15:00 hours GMT on Sunday that Britain joined America in the attack.
Other countries, including France, Canada and Germany also promised military support for the effort, Bush said.
He also said nearly 40 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe have offered support and intelligence to the US campaign against terrorism.
American media reports indicated that the attacks were carried out in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the Taliban's spiritual capital of Kandahar and the city of Jalalabad, where wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden and his organisation, Al Qaida, are said to have training camps.
The repost was in response to terror attacks in New York and Washington on 11 September, thought to have been masterminded by Bin Laden's terrorist network.
Nearly 6,000 people have been confirmed dead or missing from the attacks carried out on public buildings using hijacked commercial jetliners.
Bush had in a national address on 20 September asked the Taliban government to hand over Bin Laden and his associates and close down their training camps in Afghanistan or face the same fate as the terrorists.
Since the attacks in New York and Washington, the Bush administration has tried to build a global coalition against terrorism, including Arab and Islamic nations.
The administration has also taken measures to block off sources of financing for terrorists organisations and their supporters.
In the wake of the 11 September terror attacks, the UN Security Council adopted two resolutions against terrorism, the last one on 28 September, which tacitly allowed military action against terrorists and those that harbour them.
The Council resolution also called for international cooperation against terrorism.
The General Assembly, which also adopted a resolution condemning the terrorism on the second day of the attacks on the US, conducted a debate on the issue for the whole of last week.

08 october 2001 07:53:00




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