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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 2, 2001 - 7

U.S. having trouble getting more
troops on ground in Afghanistan

the michigan daily

The Baltimore Sun
WASHINGTON - More U.S. com-
mandos will be sent into Afghanistan to
assist anti-Taliban forces and call in
American airstrikes, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday, but
he conceded that weather and hostile
fire have been impediments to putting
additional troops on the ground.
"We're going to be adding people,"
Rumsfeld told reporters at the Pentagon.
"I'd like to see as soon as humanly pos-
sible the numbers of teams go up by
three or four times.
Rumsfeld said that the harsh weather
in northern Afghanistan, the lack of the
right equipment and landing zones, as
well as hostile fire, have prevented more
commandos from heading into the

northern part of the country.
Fewer than 100 Army commandos
are now operating in the country, mili-
tary officers said. They refused to be
more specific.
"We have a number of teams cocked
and ready to go," Rumsfeld said, but in
one case "the ground fire was simply
too heavy to unload the folks. And so
they went back and they'll try to do it
again in a different landing area."
Meanwhile, the Defense secretary
forcefully responded to complaints from
some lawmakers and retired senior offi-
cers that the pace of the military cam-
paign is too slow.
The United States started its military
campaign against the Taliban regime
and Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terror-
ist network less than one month after the

Sept. 11 attacks on New York and
Washington, Rumsfeld said, reading
from a statement. ,
"Since that time, roughly three
weeks, coalition forces have flown over
2,000 sorties, broadcast 300-plus hours
of radio transmissions, delivered an
amazing 1,030,000 humanitarian rations
to starving people," he said. "Today is
November 1. And if you think about it,
the smoke at this very moment is still
rising out of the ruins of the World
Trade Center."
National Security Adviser Con-
doleezza Rice said yesterday that the
public and U.S. allies will have to be
patient. "The president said this is going
to be a long war," she told reporters at
the White House.
Rice also said more clearly than other

administration officials that the U.S.-led
military campaign will not be curtailed
in deference to Ramadan, the Muslim
holy month that begins in mid-Novem-
ber. "This is an enemy that has to be
taken on, and taken on aggressively, and
pressed to the end," she said. "We can't
afford to have a pause."
Meanwhile, Rumsfeld flatly denied
claims that the United States initially
had restrained its bombing campaign
while trying to fashion a post-Taliban
government. He called such statements
"absolutely false"
But some officials in the Pentagon
and the State Department have said pri-
vately there was a go-slow approach in
regard to supporting the Northern
Alliance, which is opposed by Pakistan,
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WAR
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Kabul could be launched before a renewed alliance
assault on Mazar-e Sharif, a strategic northern city
held by Taliban forces. "If you want to hit your enemy,
you should hit him on the head," Sayyaf said.
Azerbajian and Armenia, meanwhile, both offered
the United States assistance in its war on terrorism,
including overflight rights for U.S. military planes.
Such rights would provide U.S. warplanes with a new
corridor into Afghanistan from bases in Europe and
Turkey. In addition, the Bush administration pressed
Congress to lift sanctions on cooperation with Azer-
baijan to permit use of an air base in Azerbaijan for
operations over Afghanistan.
Turkey announced that it would dispatch 90 special
forces troops to help train the Northern Alliance, mak-
ing it the third NATO member to commit ground
troops to the war. The move came days after Britain
announced that it was sending all its aircraft carriers
and 4,200 special forces to the region.
U.S. Marines lifted off the USS Peleliu yesterday in
three helicopters on an undisclosed support mission,
according to a media pool report from the amphibious
assault ship in the Arabian Sea. The Pentagon has
taken reporters to the Peleliu but imposed strict limits
on what they can report and released no information

come to doubt the wisdom of taking on the strength
and power of this nation and the resolve of her peo-
ple," Rumsfeld said. "I expect that somewhere in a
cave in Afghanistan there is a terrorist leader who is at
this moment considering precisely the same thing."
Briefing reporters at the Pentagon, Rumsfeld said
that the presence of U.S. Special Forces on the ground
in a liaison role with the Northern Alliance has greatly
enhanced the U.S. military's ability to designate tar-
gets and attack Taliban forces from the air. He said 80
percent of all sorties now being flown are in support
of opposition forces in the north.
Rumsfeld expressed frustration that more U.S. Spe-
cial Forces are not already on the ground but said that
on more than one occasion heavy Taliban ground fire
kept troops from being loaded off their helicopters.
"But we have a number of teams cocked and ready
to go, it's just a matter of having the right kind of
equipment to get them there in the landing zones in
places where it's possible to get in and get out, and we
expect that to happen - I've expected it to happen
every day, and I'm sure it will in the days immediately
ahead," Rumsfeld said.
The use of B-52 bombers to drop cluster bombs on
Taliban forces, Rumsfeld said, is "to try to kill them ...
to be perfectly blunt."

about specific operations.
"In other American wars,E

enemy commanders have

A senior defense official confirmed that a JSTARS
surveillance aircraft- the name stands for Joint Sur-
veillance Target Attack Radar System - and an
experimental Global Hawk unmanned surveillance
drone had been moved to the region and would soon
be flying missions over Afghanistan.
The deployment of JSTARS signals that a major
ground engagement is imminent, defense analysts
said. "It basically gives you continuous surveillance of
moving ground targets over a wide area," said John
Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, a defense consult-
ing company.
On the northern plains surrounding the key city of
Mazar-e Sharif, he said, "It would make it very diffi-
cult for the Taliban to organize counter-attacks."
The Global Hawk, which has never been flown in
combat, is a high-altitude drone with a wingspan
longer than a Boeing 737 that can aloft for 36 hours
and carry a load of sensitive battlefield sensors at
65,000 feet. "With the cameras, we can identify tar-
gets out to 30 miles, and the radar is effective to over a
hundred miles," a senior defense official said.
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice,
meanwhile, said the United States "can't afford to
have a pause" in the Afghan bombing campaign, as
some Islamic governments have suggested, during the
Muslim holy month of Ramadan that begins in less
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RAPES
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Beta Theta Pi may also go before
the Greek Activities Review Panel
for potential charges of misconduct.
The Ann Arbor Police Department
has identified two male suspects,
one in each case.
Joe Burke, Washtenaw County's
chief assistant prosecuting attorney,
said the investigation into the sexual
assaults, classified as third-degree
criminal sexual conduct, is ongoing.
Third-degree criminal sexual con-
duct is a felony charge, punishable
up to 15 years in prison.
Police first received a report Fri-
day from a freshman who said she
had been raped while attending an
unregistered semiformal' at the Beta
Theta Pi house, 604 S. State St. She
also said she believed someone may
have put some type of drug in her
drink.

Another female freshman went to
police with a similar story on Tues-
day.
Burke said yesterday that neither
of the cases had been turned over to
his office, and no charges have been
filed against either suspect.
AAPD detectives have not found
any evidence that the women ingest-
ed any drugs, such as gammahy-
droxy butyrate or GHB, commonly
referred to as the "date-rape drug."
Hustvedt said the recent events
have forced many in the Greek com-
munity to-think about its policies.
"I think this is a real call to action
that we as a Greek community need
to re-evaluate how we hold our
social functions," Hustvedt said.
Locations other than fraternity
houses seem to be a more favorable
option for Greek events, he said.
"This is ultimately a safer, lower-
risk social environment that I think
will be the best for our community."

BATTLE
Continued from Page 1
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