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Even as the US Secretary of State Colin Powell was releasing the most wanted terrorists' list (Full Story), US jets muscled into Kabul for a fourth straight night of attacks, hitting the airport again and heading towards the Darulaman Palace and Rishkore in the west of the city (Full Story).
But the US efforts to build broad-based support for the strikes suffered a body blow, when the Organisation of Islamic Conference, in an emergency meeting, condemned it, saying innocent civilians are being targeted. (Full Story)
Earlier, beginning the day by upping the tempo of attacks, US and British warplanes carried out daytime air raids for the second day in succession. Kandahar came in for special treatment, with sorties after sorties, hitting targets in bid to flush out Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden and the Taleban spiritual leader Mullah Omar (Full Story)
Following the daytime raids, a defiant Taleban in a press conference pooh-poohed US claims of destroying Taleban air defence networks and claimed its defence mechanisms are intact (Full Story). It also described the US aid drops as satanic, and claimed that the Afghan people were burning it (Full Story).
However, Taleban's woes were compounded with the Northern Alliance claiming a large number of defections to its side (Full Story).
Elsewhere, China for the first time broke its audible silence on the US-led attacks, and came out openly in support of the strikes (Full Story), while Russia sought to end weeks of media speculation on its role in the strikes by denying its troops were present in Afghanistan (Full Story)
India, meanwhile, expressed dismay at the attempts to equate terrorists with freedom fighters and stressed the need to steer away from such self-serving categorizations.(Full Story), while across the border Musharraf became the target of extremist wrath with the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami predicting the end of the general's regime. (Full Story).
Meanwhile, adding to the speculation of when the strikes would end, a Pakistani official claimed that the first phase of air strikes would end Sunday, to be replaced by a ground attack (Full Story). To top it, reports said Pakistan had given US the permission to use two of its airports for emergency operations. (Full Story)
In US, President George W Bush expressed surprise at Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's reported statement that the US had assured him that the strikes against Afghanistan would be only for a short duration. He stressed the war against terrorism will be 'sustained' and 'long'. (Full Story)
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