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2A - The blichigan Daily - Monday, November 5, 2001

NATION/WORLD

Taliban fri
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - After four
weeks of U.S. attacks, Afghanistan's ruling Taliban
are no longer "functioning as a government,"
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yester-
day. But an opposition attack on a key northern city
was reported faltering only hours after it was
launched.
That raised doubts whether the factious, poorly
armed northern alliance opposition could exploit
U.S. airstrikes and topple the Taliban without the
assistance of American ground troops.
Meanwhile, U.S. jets struck the front line about
30 miles north of Kabul, according to Atiqullah
Baryalai, deputy defense minister of the northern
alliance. In the Afghan capital itself, American
bombs hit near the Intercontinental Hotel, set on a
hill in the southwest part of the city.
They also struck the northeast town of Taloqan,
which the opposition lost to the Taliban last year.
Rumsfeld, on a tour of front line states in the war
against terrorism, sought to dispel fears that the air
campaign, now in its fifth week, was failing to
crack the Taliban's grip on Afghanistan.
"The Taliban (are) not really functioning as a
government," Rumsfeld declared after meeting Pak-
istani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, a key Mus-
lim ally in the anti-terrorism campaign.
Rumsfeld, who later yesterday went on to India,
said the Taliban were "using their power in enclaves

ozen by U
throughout the country" and were "not making
major military moves."
"They are pretty much in static positions," he
said. Rumsfeld said the Islamic militia was using
mosques as command centers and as ammunition
storage sites to spare them from American attack
and "actively lying about civilian casualties."
Earlier yesterday, in Uzbekistan, Rumsfeld gave
an assessment of the military campaign's success to
date. "The effort to deal with the problem of terror-
ist networks is proceeding," Rumsfeld said. "It is,
we believe, proceeding at a pace that is showing
measurable progress."
A key element of the U.S. strategy has been to
attack Taliban positions facing the northern alliance
- especially on the front north of Kabul and on
positions defending the Taliban-held city of Mazar-
e-Sharif.
Yesterday, opposition spokesman Nadeem Ashraf
said alliance forces launched a three-pronged offen-
sive south of Mazar-e-Sharif in strategic Kishanday
district in Balkh province, which borders Uzbek-
istan. The spokesman said the attack began after
U.S. jets softened up Taliban positions by heavy
bombing.
Hours later, however, Ashraf said one of the three
opposition columns, led by Uzbek warlord Rashid
Dostum, was making no progress and the offensive
was faltering. He said Dostum's forces numbered

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only about 700 to 1,000 fighters and had "no high
morale."
His assessment could not be independently con-
firmed. However, it points to ethnic rivalries within
the northern alliance that have long hampered the
opposition's ability to mount an effective challenge
to the Taliban.
The other troops in the Mazar-e-Sharif front are
commanded by a close ally of the northern
alliance's titular leader, former Afghan president
Burhanuddin Rabbani, and by Shiite Muslim war-
lord Mohammed Mohaqik.
Opposition commanders around the other major
front, north of Kabul, have said they are preparing
for a major offensive toward the capital after days
of heavy U.S. airstrikes. However, there have been
few signs that a major push toward Kabul is in the
offing.
President Bush ordered the airstrikes Oct. 7 after
the Taliban repeatedlyYefused to surrender Osama
bin Laden, chief suspect in the September terrorist
attacks that killed about 4,500 people in the United
States.
Over the past week, U.S. attacks have shifted
from cities to Taliban positions facing the northern
alliance. However, opposition forces are poorly
armed and outgunned, and the approach of winter is
making resupply of its front-line positions more
difficult.

NEWS IN BRIEF
HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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WASHINGTON RZ:Z:2-
Anthrax found in Giuliani's office
Traces of anthrax were reported yesterday on a package sent from NBC to the
New York mayor's office and at a Veterans Affairs' hospital in Washington.
Health investigators were stymied in efforts to find the source of anthrax that
killed a New York woman, but experts said they were relieved that no new cases
linked to her unique exposure have surfaced.
On Capitol Hill, workers prepared to sterilize the anthrax-contaminated Hart
Senate office building with chlorine dioxide gas, but the Longworth House office
building was reopening this morning for the first time since Oct. 17.
Capitol Police Lt. Dan Nichols said late Sunday all portions of the building will
be open except for three sealed off rooms where anthrax has been found.
Reopening of the Longworth leaves only the Haft building closed among major
Capitol Hill facilities. A small building housing congressional support personnel
also remains closed.
Officials at the Mayo Clinic were to announce today a new DNA test that can
give a quick answer about any possible anthrax sample.
At the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 140 health care workers have
been vaccinated against smallpox, a precaution that will protect medical workers
who would be the first to respond to any outbreak of the highly contagious disease.
TEL AVIV, Israel
Palestinian militant kills two in shooting
Israel began withdrawing from a West Bank town early today, despite a Pales-
tinian attack hours earlier in Jerusalem that left two teen-agers dead - one a girl
born in the United States.
The Israeli pullout from Qalqilya was expected. Israel had sent forces into
parts of six West Bank towns the day after Palestinian militants assassinated
ultranationalist Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi on Oct. 17. They withdrew
from Bethlehem and nearby Beit Jalla a week ago.
The military said Israeli forces were withdrawing a few hundred yards
to the edge of Palestinian-controlled territory and into Israel. Palestinian
witnesses said six Israeli tanks pulled back from the northern and southern
entrances to the town, and that tanks in other locations were preparing to
leave.
The U.S. government had demanded repeatedly that Israel pull its forces out of
all six towns it took over after Zeevi was killed by the Popular Front for the Lib-
eration of Palestine. The group said it was revenge for Israel's killing of PFLP
leader Mustafa Zibri.

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American
dies in
Taliban
custody
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) - A senior
Taliban official said yesterday that an
American was arrested two weeks ago
in southern Afghanistan and later died
in custody of natural causes.
John Bolton oftalifornia entered
Afghanistan as a relief worker and was
arrested at Spinboldak near the border
with Pakistan, Taliban official Amir
Khan Muttaqi said by telephone from
the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.
He did not give his age or hometown.
In Washington, State Department
officials had no comment on the report.
A spokeswoman said yesterday the
department had never confirmed an
American was in custody there.
The Taliban claim they have arrested
several Americans on spying charges
since the U.S.-led strikes started Oct. 7.
Muttaqi said Bolton died of natural
causes in the hospital and that his body
has been handed over to the Internation-
al Committee of Red Cross. He did not
say when he died.
In Geneva, ICRC spokesman Vincent
Lusser said the group's staff in Kanda-
har had been informed by the Taliban
that there was a body of an American.
But he said they have yet to receive the
body or confirm the person's identity or
occupation.
Lusser said the ICRC needed the
approval of the U.S. Embassy in Pak-
istan and Afghan officials to repatriate
the body. "We're going to see tomorrow
what the situatjon is, and if we have a
request from both parties to repatriate
the body we will of course do it."
British
suspect
Real IR A
in attack
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) - A
car bomb explosion in the English city
of Birmingham was probably the work
of the outlawed anti-British group the
Real IRA, police said yesterday.
The device partially exploded in a
busy area late Saturday but caused no
serious injuries.
No group has yet claimed responsi-
bility for the explosion but police said it
bore. the hallmarks of Real IRA, an Irish
dissident group that has carried out sev-
eral attacks in Britain.
"This fits a pattern of events involv-
ing Irish Republican dissident terrorist
groups, probably the Real IRA," said
Assistant Chief Constable of Birming-
ham Police Chris Sims.
Sims said the bomb was "a very sub-
stantial device" similar in size to car
bombs planted outside British Broad-
casting Corp. studios and in Ealing,
west London, earlier this year. The Eal-
ing bomb contained nearly 90 pounds of
explosives, police said at the time.
Saturday's bombing came just hours
after politicians in Northern Ireland
found a way to rescue their power-shar-
ing government. It was on the verge of

collapsing after Protestant extremists
defeated David Trimble's re-election as
oovernment leader Friday..

KEY WEST,, Fla.
Keys evacuated,
Michelle hits Cuba
The Florida Keys were ordered
evacuated yesterday as meteorolo-
gists warned that the chain of
islands likely would be brushed by
Hurricane Michelle. Rain spread
into the state as the eye of the hur-
ricane blasted down on the south
coast of Cuba.
Forecasters at the National Hurri-
cane Center in Miami issued a hur-
ricane warning for all of the Florida
Keys, projecting that winds of 75
mph or more could reach the area
yesterday and remain into this
morning. Gusts - up to 52 mph in
Sobrero Key - and heavy surf
were already pounding the area's
beaches.
Bennie Sweeney, who owns a Key
West T-shirt shop, opened his store but
only to prepare for the storm. Sweeney
said he was going to hang a picture of a.
rabbi on the window.
PHOENIX
Enraged passenger
causes bus crash
A Greyhound bus that was traveling at
70 mph rolled over onto its side early
yesterday as the driver struggled with a
passenger who was angered when he was
told he couldn't smoke. The wreck
injured 33 people, one critically.
No other vehicles were involved.
Charles George of Phoenix, was
taken into custody and charged with 37
counts of aggravated assault, said Steve

Volden, spokesman for the Arizona
Department of Public Safety.
George, who is about 40 years old,
was unarmed, Volden said.
"We believe there was some mental
instability we were dealing with,"
Volden said. "He didn't make any
overt statements about wanting to
hijack the bus or doing anything in the
name of religion. It appears he was
acting independently."'
The bus was on a cross-country
route from Los Angeles to Miami.
NEW YORK
CIA office destroyed
in Sept 11 attacks
A secret office operated by the
CIA was destroyed in the terrorist
attacks on the World Trade Center,
seriously disrupting intelligence
operations.
The undercover station was in 7
World Trade Center, a smaller office
tower that fell several hours after the
collapse of the twin towers on Sept.
11, a U.S. government official said.
The official, speaking on condition
of anonymity, said that immediately
after the attack, a special CIA team
scoured the rubble in search of secret
documents and intelligence reports
stored in the station, either on paper or
in computers. It was not known
whether the efforts were successful.
A CIA spokesman declined to
comment on the existence of the
office, which was first reported in
yesterday's editions of The New
York Times.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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