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Hundreds of Al Qaeda Killed as U.S.-Led Forces Press Eastern Afghan Offensive
Mar. 6, 2002 - Operation Anaconda is a military campaign in Afghanistan against al Qaeda and Taliban forces that have gathered south of the provincial capital, Gardez. Eight U.S. servicemen have been killed in the fighting there in the past few days, but hundreds of the outlawed terrorists have been killed by heavy bombing and ground fighting.
U.S.-led forces continued inching up the snow-covered mountains, meanwhile, trying to reach hideouts still believed to contain hundreds more Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters. Some forces entered at least one cave complex, uncovering weapons caches.
Source:FOX



Can We Stop the Next Attack?
Mar. 4, 2002 - As we approach the 6-month anniversary of the 9-11 attack, the big question is whether or not our nation's intelligence is better now than it was six months ago. Most terrorism experts believe it is just a matter of time before another, possibly worse, attack will take place.
In October an intelligence alert went out to a small number of government agencies... that terrorists were thought to have obtained a 10-kiloton nuclear weapon from the Russian arsenal and planned to smuggle it into New York City.
At the time, the reliability of the informant was "undetermined," but his claims were consistent with a Russian general's statement that he believed they were missing a 10-kiloton device. Such a bomb, detonated in lower Manhattan, would flatten everything in a half-mile diameter, kill some 100,000 people and contaminate 700,000 more with radiation.
It is known that tens of thousands of al-Qaeda trainees are living throughout the world, and even in Afghanistan there is a strong core of the radical terrorists left.
Source: Time - (Story no longer online)

Shadow Government Is at Work in Secret
Mar. 2, 2002 - After the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush ordered 100 senior civilian managers to live and work secretly outside Washington. This plan to preserve federal rule in case of a catastrophic attack on Washington D.C. had been discussed for many years, but was never activated before.
...high-ranking officials representing their departments have begun rotating in and out of the assignment at one of two fortified locations along the East Coast.
Source:Washington Post - (Story no longer online)

FBI warns terror attack could be imminent
Feb. 12, 2002 - See The information about an FBI warning in our Terrorism section. The alert is based on credible information gained from Afghan detainees.
Official notice from the FBI Warning Website

Thatcher urges Bush to 'finish business of Iraq'
Feb. 12, 2002 - Britain's Margaret Thatcher urges the removal of Saddam Hussein.

Will Russia accept force against Iraq?
Feb. 6, 2002 - Dimitri Rogozin, Russian parliamentary chairman for international affairs, warned Saddam Hussein to act more wisely (Saddam just errected a memorial to the woman who blew herself up in Jerusalem), but he also said that Russia is trying to help Iraq, and they will not accept the use of force against Iraq in the war on terrorism.
Source:WorldNetDaily

Powell Says Administration Is Serious on 'Axis of Evil' Nations
Feb. 5, 2002 - Testifying on Capitol Hill, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said that the president's statement about an evil axis of Iraq, Iran and North Korea was an intentional statement, and he meant it.
... he said that Iraq's overture to the United Nations to resume talks should amount to "a very short discussion," because weapons inspectors should immediately be allowed back in that country without conditions.
Source:Week End News / New York Times - (Story no longer online)

Iraqi VP says US could face replay of Sept. 11 — only worse
Feb. 5, 2002 - Iraq's Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan said that U.S. policies that led to the Sept. 11 attack have become even "dirtier." He warns that we could face even worse terror attacks in the future.
The Jordan Times - (Story no longer online)

Rumsfeld Spells Out Defense Needs
Feb. 1, 2002 - While asking for an increase in the Defense budget, Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld warned that we must be prepared for future attacks that will be far worse than the September 11 disaster.
Rumsfeld said that if a terrorist group linked up with a "terrorist state" and obtained nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, the group would have the power to put at risk "not thousands of lives but hundreds of thousands of lives."
Source:Yahoo/ AP - (Story no longer online)

Bush: Prevail in war, defeat recession
Jan. 30, 2002 - In President Bush's State of The Union address, he said that, even though the Afghanistan campaign was sucessful, "our war against terrorism is only beginning." He warned countries that support terrorism that they can not be allowed to threaten the peace of the world.
Source: CNN
Also: 'Suspects' condemn Bush speech - BBC - Countries singled out as "sponsors of terror" ( Iran, Iraq, and North Korea) object to being called an "axis of evil".

Terror Hot Spots
Jan. 28, 2002 - (Feb. 4 Issue) Newsweek reports on possible battles to come in the War on Terror. They highlight Somalia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Malaysia is now known to have assisted Al Qaeda and some of the 9-11 hijackers. Zacarias Moussaoui, accused as the “missing” 20th hijacker in the September 11 attacks, is now on trial, and evidence obtained from his apartment link him to Yazid Sufaat, a Malaysian businessman.
...the former Malaysian Army captain was a member of Jemaah Islamiah, an Islamic extremist group that befriended bin Laden and helped him develop a support network in Malaysia and throughout Southeast Asia.
The FBI now says that Malaysia was a “primary operational launchpad for the Sept. 11 attacks.”
Source: Newsweek - (Story no longer online)

Rift grows between U.S., Saudi Arabia
Jan. 26, 2002 - DEBKAfile Intelligence sources report that while America was focused on Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia quietly formed new alliances with our enemies, Iran and Iraq.
Those pacts effectively gave birth to a new Riyadh-Baghdad-Tehran bloc for the Gulf and Middle East regions.... this reorientation reflected the aspirations common to many younger members of the royal family, some of his army chiefs, a majority of tribal leaders and almost the entire religious establishment.
Source:WorldNetDaily

CIA: Bin Laden Escaped Afghanistan
Jan. 15, 2002 - An investigation by the CIA has concluded that Osama bin Laden has escaped from Afghanistan and has most likely has fled into Pakistan. They believe that this happened around the first week of December, and that he left a tape recording to fool people into thinking he was still in Afghanistan.
Source: ABC - (Story no longer online)

U.S. to Lebanon: Hezbollah second on most-wanted list after Al Qaida
Jan. 15, 2002 - The Lebanese government has been warned that the U.S. considers Hezbolla the second organization on America's most-wanted list, immediately following Al Qaida. The Al-Hayat newspaper reported the news.
The paper also said that the United States possesses information confirming the connection of Iran and the Hezbollah to the weapons ship Karin A, caught by Israel in an attempt to reach Palestinian territory on January 3.
Source: Ha'Aretz - (Story no longer online)

Coalition Partners Urge Caution on expanding the War Against Terrorism
These two articles from other Prophecy Central sections illustrate the mood of many about U.S. retaliation against other countries, now that the Afghanistan phase is nearly complete. These accounts illustrate the fragile unity of America's allies against terrorism. They want hard proof before any future invasion, and some, like Russia, prefer that the United Nations, not the United States, conduct any extention of the war.
NATO: Proof needed about Iraq
Moscow: Anti-terror expansion 'very dangerous'

US Investigating Whether Nukes In Country
Dec. 22, 2001 - No one seems to know for sure whether or not Osama bin Laden has finished nuclear weapons at his disposal, but U.S. government officials are operating on the assumption that such weapons may have been smuggled into the country by "sleeper" agents.
Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., chairman of the House subcommittee on national security, said:
"If you asked me if bin Laden really had these weapons, I would say, probably not, but, on the other hand, I wouldn't be the least surprised if there were a nuclear explosion in Israel or the United States."
Source:Insight On The News - (Story no longer online)

U.S. Fails to Catch Bin Laden as Stronghold Falls
Dec. 17, 2001 - Afghan soldiers, backed by U.S. airpower and U.S. and British ground forces have captured the last outpost of the al Qaeda network at Tora Bora, Afghanistan, but few high officials of the organization were found, and Osama bin Laden is missing.
``We've destroyed al Qaeda in Afghanistan and we have ended the role of Afghanistan as a haven for terrorist activity,'' said Secretary of State Colin Powell on NBC's ``Meet the Press.''
Powell said we will find bin Laden and bring him to justice.
Source:Yahoo - (Story no longer online)
Also: Fighters Chase Al Qaeda Guerrillas - Fox

Arabs divided over Bin Laden tape
Dec. 14, 2001 - Some Arab government officials, like those in the United Arab Emirates, acknowledge the validity of the bin Laden tape released yesterday. However, many individuals refuse to believe the evidence and say that the tape is a fabrication.
In Cairo, some Egyptian Islamists are suggesting that the US government has spent the last few days concocting the tape to fool the world.
The effect of the tape is lost on many Arabs who are focused on the situation in the Mid-East, and who are angry at the U.S. for backing Israel against the Palestinians.
Source:BBC

Incriminating Bin Laden Video Released
Dec. 13, 2001 - Transcript of the video tape released this morning on which Osama bin Laden talks with friends about his prior knowledge of the attacks.
Source:MSNBC - (Story no longer online)

Bush to Back Out of '72 Nuclear Pact
Dec. 12, 2001 - President Bush has announced plans to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. See the summary in our "Wars" section.

?- Bin Laden's Sons Will Kill Him On TV -?
Dec. 10, 2001 - According to Osama bin Laden's estranged wife, Sabiha, the master terrorist plans to thwart the attempt to arrest him by having his sons kill him. The story, published in a British tabloid, and therefore not very reliable, also claims that his death will signal attacks on the U.S. Capitol building, London's Big Ben, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Source:The Mirror - UK - (Story no longer online)

New attacks on 'Bin Laden hideout'
Dec. 10, 2001 - Apparently chased out of his caves, Osama bin Laden is staging what could be his last stand in the Afghan mountains near Tora Bora. He faces continued air attacks by American B-52 bombers, and the advance of local militia, with tanks and fighters.
A spokesman for the Northern Alliance said Bin Laden was leading the defence of his mountain hideouts with about 1,000 fighters.
Source:BBC

Assault continues on Tora Bora
Dec. 8, 2001 - Ground troops and air support are still focused on the Tora Bora area of Afghanistan where the remnant of al Qaida forces are holed up in caves and mountains. Osama bin Laden is believed to be with them somewhere.
Source:CNN

Kandahar falls; Taliban leader on run
Dec. , 2001 - The Taliban have surrendered Kandahar, their last stronghold.
Afghanistan’s newly appointed leader, Hamid Karzai, told NBC News that he had ruled out amnesty for the Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, who he said had “destroyed our c ountry” and would be “tried in court.”
Omar is apparently missing, but will face “international justice” if he is captured.
Source:MSNBC

Taliban Agree to Hand Over Kandahar
Dec. 6, 2001 - Last week, Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, called on his forces to fight to the death to defende the city of Kandahar. Now, however, he has agreed to hand the city over to one of the opposition leaders, Mullah Naqib Ullah. The terms of the agreement are not public, so it is not known whether the remaining Taliban forces will be taken captive or allowed to escape.
Source:FOX

Al-Qaida's search for new sanctuary
Nov. 29, 2001 - Intelligence experts expect the al-Qaida network to try to find a country that will provide sanctuary for their operations. The United States must try to block their attempt to regroup in another country like Somalia or Iraq by attacking al-Qaida within the country and internationally.
Source:WorldNetDaily - from STRATFOR

U.S. seizes ‘piece of Afghanistan’
Nov. 26, 2001 - The Marines have landed near the Taliban stronghold and spiritual center of Kandahar. Up to 1500 U.S. of them will set up base on a desert airstrip outside the city in preparation for an assault on the last holdout of Mullah Omar, up to 5,000 foreign fighters and 12,000 regular Taliban soldiers.
Source:MSNBC

Northern Alliance takes Kunduz
Nov. 26, 2001 - After a two week seige, Northern Alliance troops have occupied the northern stronghold of Kunduz. Some Taliban soldiers fought to their death, but many defected to the Northern Alliance, and some surrendered. Prisoners of war may be turned over to the United Nations.
Source:BBC

U.S. Turns Attention to Iraq
Nov. 26, 2001 - See the information in our Iraq section.
Source:

Foreign fighters lay down arms outside Kunduz
Nov. 24, 2001 - Hundreds of foreign soldiers, who have sworn allegience to Osama bin Laden, have currendered outside of the Afghan city of Kunduz. The Taliban command is expected to complete the surrender of the city by Monday under a deal negotiated in recent days.
Source:USA Today

US anthrax woman dies
Nov. 22, 2001 - Ottilie Lundgren, a 94 year old Connecticut woman, became the fifth fatality of the Anthrax attack in america. How she contracted the disease is a mystery. She lives alone and seldom goes out. Spores have not been found in the mailbox she used.
Source:BBC

Taleban 'will fight to the death'
Nov. 21, 2001 - Through a spokesman, Taleban leader Mullah Omar, said that the Taliban will fight to the death rather than surrender the provinces of Kandahar, Kunduz, Zabol, Uruzgan, Helmand, and parts of Ghazni.
Asked about the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, the main suspect behind the 11 September attacks on the United States, Mr Agha said the Saudi dissident was no longer in territory under its control.
Source:BBC

America will take no prisoners
Nov. 20, 2001 - Ten to thirty Taliban soldiers and foreign mercenaries may be trapped in the Afghan city of Konduz. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says that the limited number of American soldiers on the ground there are in no position to take prisoners. And, although the Northern Alliance might be willing to allow them to escape to a neighboring country, Rumsfeld said it would be better for them to either be killed or taken prisoner by the Northern Alliance.
Source:The Times - UK - (Story no longer online)

Taliban: Bin Laden deputy dead
Nov. 17, 2001 - Mohammed Atef, Osama bin Laden’s military chief was killed in a U.S. bombing raid outside of Kabul three days ago. It is assumed that he was responsible for planning the September 11 attack. His death is a key victory for the war on terror.
Source:MSNBC

Aid Workers Airlifted Out of Afghanistan Detail Their Experience
Oct. 16 - See the story in our Persecution secion.

Bin Laden's nuclear secrets found
Oct. 15, 2001 - In one of the abandoned Taliban safe houses in Kabul, partially burned papers were found with plans for nuclear devices and other weapons of mass destruction.
The discovery of the detailed bomb-making instructions, along with studies into chemical and nuclear devices, confirms the West’s worst fears and raises the spectre of plans for an attack that would far exceed the September 11 atrocities ...
Source:The Times: London - (Story no longer online)

Aid workers taste freedom
Oct. 15 - See the story in our Persecution secion.

Taliban in retreat across Afghanistan
Nov. 14, 2001 - Taliban forces seem to have abandoned the cities of Kandahar and Jalalabad after they fled from the capital city of Kabul. The Taliban claim to be "regrouping" after their recent defeats.
Source:BBC

Kabul falls to Northern Alliance
Oct. 13, 2001 - Taliban forces have fled the Afghan capital of Kabul, moving to their southern stronghold, Kandahar. Northern Alliance troops were able to enter the city unopposed.
As looting broke out in the city some Arab volunteers serving with the Taleban were summarily shot and a BBC camera crew was attacked.
Source: BBC

American Airlines Airbus Crashes in New York
Nov. 12, 2001 - Shortly after 9 a.m., New York time, an airplane crashed, shortly after take-off. So far, there is no indication that it was caused by terrorism.
- (Story no longer online)

Sources: Northern Alliance begins push to Kabul
Nov. 12, 2001 - Hundreds of Northern Alliance troops are moving toward the Afghan capital of Kabul. They have captured the key western city of Herat,and continue to advance toward the Taliban front lines in Kabul. The U.S. has asked them not to enter Kabul at this time, fearing that such a move would hinder plans to establish a post-Taliban coalition government.
The alliance foreign minister, Abdullah Abdullah, told reporters Sunday that while there was no "set plan to move into Kabul," he would not rule it out.
Source:CNN

Bin Laden 'has nuclear weapons'
Nov. 10, 2001 - The Pakistani english newspaper Dawn carried a story from the editor of the Urdu-language newspaper Ausaf, in which bin Laden claimed to have nuclear weapons.
Dawn's English version quotes Bin Laden as saying: "If America used chemical and nuclear weapons against us, then we may retort with chemical and nuclear weapons. We have the weapons as a deterrent."
Earlier, a senior representative of bin Laden's al-Qaeda claimed that the Palestine issue was the crux of the conflict, and that that they would continue to fight until "every last US Jewish soldier" had left Palestine and all Muslim countries.
Source: BBC

Bush tells America, 'Let's roll'
See contrasting speeches by President Bush and former President Clinton

US drops the weapon that packs an 'atomic' punch
Nov. 8, 2001 - The US has used at least one bomb against the Taliban that has the destructive capability of a small thermo-nuclear device. It is the 15,000lb BLU-82, or Daisy-Cutter high-blast bomb. It first releases a huge cloud of explosives, then detonates it, scorching the surrounding area. It is able to clear a three-mile path through a minefield.
Source:news.Telegraph - UK - (Story no longer online)

US allies 'advance on key town'
Nov. 7, 2001 - On the heels of heavy US bombing of Taliban defenses, Afghanistan's Northern Alliance has advanced to within 36 miles of the key northern town of Mazar-e-Sharif.
Source:BBC

Saddam Regarded As Prime Suspect In Anthrax
Nov. 6, 2001 - An report from Israel says that evidence from the UN weapons inspections of the 1990s makes Iraq a prime suspect in the anthrax attacks in the U.S. The report is authored by Dore Gold, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and a consultant to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Source:Middle East Newsline - (Story no longer online)

Rumsfeld: Raids Won't Take Years
Nov. 5, 2001 - U.S Secretary of State Donald Rumsfield, completing meetings in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and India, said that the war effort against the Taliban was becoming more effective and he does not think the effort will take years to finish.
Source:Fox News

Terrorism promoted on Net?
Nov. 5, 2001 - Archives of an e-mail list called al-Qaida may be read by the public. Contributors to the mail list are promoting terrorism and asking for donations for their cause. One posting on the site threatens nuclear terrorism.
It seems to threaten the use of "dirty" nuclear weapons against the United States by an independent terrorist group called the "Secret Army for Justice" or "The Great Syrian Army."
Source:WorldNetDaily


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