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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. and British
forces unleashed punishing air strikes yesterday
against military targets and Osama bin Laden's
training camps inside Afghanistan, aiming at ter-
rorists blamed for the Sept. I 1 attacks that killed
thousands in New York and Washington.
"We will not waver, we will not tire," said
President Bush, speaking from the White House
as Tomahawk cruise missiles and bombs found
targets halfway around the globe. "We will not
falter and we will not fail."
The opening of a sustained campaign dubbed
"Enduring Freedom," the assault was accompa-
nied by airdrops of thousands of vitamin-
enriched food rations for needy civilians - and
by a ground-based attack by Afghan opposition
forces against the ruling Taliban.
In a chilling threat, bin Laden vowed defiantly
that "neither America nor the people who live in
it will dream of security before we live it in Pales-
tine, and not before all the infidel armies leave the
land of Muhammad." That was an apparent refer-
ence to Israel and Saudi Arabia. He spoke in a
videotaped statement prepared before the attacks,
but both he and the leader of the Taliban ruling
council of Afghanistan were reported to have sur-
vived the initial aerial assault.
In a fresh reminder of the potential for
renewed terrorist attacks, the FBI said it was urg-
ing law enforcement agencies nationwide to "be
at the highest level of vigilance and be prepared
to respond to any act of terrorism or violence."
Bush gave the final go-ahead for the strike on
Saturday, less than four weeks after terrorists
flew two hijacked airplanes into the World Trade
Center twin towers and a third into the Pentagon.
A fourth plane crashed in the Pennsylvania coun-
tryside after an apparent struggle between pas-
sengers and terrorists on board.
In addition to the Sept. 11 death toll - esti-
mated at more than 5,000 - the attacks dealt a
shuddering blow to Americans' feeling of securi-
ty, and propelled an already weakened economy
Bush said the military action was "designed to
clear the way for sustained, comprehensive and
relentless operations" to bring the terrorists to
"I know many Americans feel fear today" the
president added said in his nationally televised
announcement from the White House Treaty
Room. Signs of heightened security concerns
were evident, as officials took Vice President
Dick Cheney from his residence to an undis-
closed secure location, security was stepped up
around the Capitol and government nuclear
weapons labs were put on higher alert. The FBI
said it was acting on the basis of "the possibility
of additional terrorist activity occurring some-
where in the world."
Within hours of the attacks, Bush drew public
support from Congress and foreign leaders
around the world - including a statement from
the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The initial strike involved 50 Tomahawk cruise
missiles, launched from American and British
ships. Gen. Richard Myers said 15 bombers and
25 strike aircraft, both sea and land-based, also
were involved. The assault came at 12:30 p.m.
See ATTACKS, Page 7A
WASHINGTON (AP) - Forty U.S.
and British warplanes and an armada
of warships and submarines pummeled
strongholds of the al-Qaida network
and the Taliban regime in Afghanistan
yesterday with Tomahawk cruise mis-
siles, 500-pound gravity bombs and
The targets included early warning
radars, surface-to-air missiles, air-
fields, aircraft, military command and
control installations and terrorist
In one case, Taliban military equip-
ment including tanks was struck near
Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan,
The demonstration of Western fire-
power was the first wave of an anti-ter-
rorism campaign promised after the
Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
One senior administration official said
the military strikes would be sustained
and would last at least a few days.
"Our objective is to defeat those
who use terrorism and those who
house or support them," Defense Sec-
retary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a Pen-
See STRATEGY, Page 7A
of Taliban hit;
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The
Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan said
this morning that civilians had been
killed in the U.S. and British strikes on
But the envoy, Abdul Salam Zaeef,
would not say how many or where they
"There were casualties," he told The
Associated Press today, "Civilians died.
It was a very huge attack.'
Zaeef said earlier that Osama bin
Laden, the main suspect in the Sept. 11
attacks, and Mullah Omar had survived.
"By the grace of God, Mullah Omar and
bin Laden are alive," he said yesterday,
without saying whether either leader
was near the scene of the attacks.
The strike began after nightfall yes-
terday in Kabul with five blasts followed
by the sounds of anti-aircraft fire. Elec-
tricity was shut off throughout the city
for more than two hours afterward.
The attack also targeted the heart of
the Taliban movement, hitting its mili-
tary headquarters and the home of Tal-
iban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar
in the southern city of Kandahar,
according to Afghan sources reached by
telephone from Islamabad, Pakistan.
The sources said the first wave struck
the Kandahar airport, destroying radar
facilities and the control tower. The
strike also targeted hundreds of housing
units built for members of bin Laden's
al-Qaida terror movement.
The second wave, which appeared to
be more precisely targeted, struck the
Taliban national headquarters in down-
town Kandahar, the sources said. They
said smoke was seen billowing from
Mullah Omar's high-walled compound
about nine miles outside the city.
The sources spoke on condition of
anonymity for fear of reprisal.
In Jalalabad, other sources reached by
telephone from Islamabad said three
loud explosions could be heard. One
seemed to be coming from the area of
Farmada, a bin Laden training camp
about 12 miles south of the city.
See AFGHANISTAN, Page 7A
AP PHOTO/U.S. NAVY
A Tomahawk cruise missile is launched from the USS Philippine Sea against military targets and Osama bin Laden's training
camps inside Afghanistan yesterday.
Regents hold closed-door
meeting to discuss search
Fire and ice
Columbiai Universfty trstiees
vote unanimously to approve
BoliNger as 19th president
By Rachel Green
Daily Staff Reporter
The University Board of Regents was scheduled to
meet this morning behind closed doors to begin planning
the search for a new president.
Today's meeting will be the regents' first since Univer-
sity President Lee Bollinger of'cially
accepted the position of president at
Columbia University on Saturday.
Columbia's board of trustees voted"
unanimously Saturday to approve
Bollinger as Columbia's 19th presi-
Regent Olivia Maynard (D-
Goodrich) said the focus of the meet-
ing will be to discuss options for
recruiting a new president.
"I would want someone who has Bollinger
both vision and energy and the ability to inspire and be
able to lead," she said.
David Stern, chairman of the Columbia trustees, said
he admired these same qualities in Bollinger, making
him an optimum choice for president at the New York
ate of Columbia's law school.
"Columbia has gained tremendous momentum during
the last eight years under George Rupp's leadership,"
Stern said. "With Lee's record of accomplishment, with
his talent and vision, he will surely build on that record
and ensure that Columbia remains one of the world's
Maynard expressed disappointment at Bollinger's
departure, and said she hopes the regents can maintain a
level of professionalism as they lay the foundations for
the presidential search.
She said the last time the University was searching for
both a president and a provost, the regents chose to
emphasize the presidential search over the search for a
"We decided to search for a president first because the
provost has to work well with the president," Maynard
said, who added that today's meeting will be the first in a
series meetings dedicated to the hunt for the next presi-
Bollinger, who refused a request to speak with The
Michigan Daily after Columbia's announcement, said in
a written statement that he is looking forward to the
move to Columbia - "a truly global university that is
also part of the fabric of New York City."
"As New York recovers, as I am certain it will, and
as the city resumes and broadens its role as the cultural
and intellectual capital of the world, Columbia will be
a vital partner," Bollinger said. "I am enthusiastic
about joining in this continued educational and civic
renaissance from the vantage point of Columbia's pres-
More than 74,000 fans at Spartan Stadium watch a laser light show during the second intermission of the outdoor "Cold War"
hockey game Saturday between Michigan and Michigan State. Inside: The intrastrate rivals ended the game in a 3-3 tie. Page lB.
,M-amS all-time win1s record
By Jon Schwartz
Daily Sports Editor
With the Michigan football team's
20-0 win over Penn State on Saturday
and Yale's 32-27 loss to Dartmouth yes-
terday, the Wolverines are now the win-
ningest team in college football history.
Michigan already led Division I-A
day, Michigan claimed the lead out-
right for all divisions.
"If there's one thing I love about
Michigan athletics, I think it's tradition
- long-time tradition," Michigan Ath-
letic Director Bill Martin said yesterday.
"I think this is an indication of that."
The Wolverines have 809 wins in 122
years of competition. Their .746 all-time
sion I-A victories.
Michigan's first win came on May 30,
1879, against Racine. Coach Dave N.
Detar led the team to a 1-0 victory in
that game and a 1-0-1 record on the sea-
son; Michigan's second game, a 0-0 tie
against Toronto, came more than five
months later on Nov. 1.
The first game,;held in Chicago, was