- Title: AFGHANISTAN: THE U.S. WARLPANES CONTINUE BOMBING TALIBAN FRONTLINE POSITIONS
- Date: 7th November 2001
- Summary: (W4) SAYED, RABAT AREA (UNDER NORTHERN ALLIANCE CONTROL), AFGHANISTAN (NOVEMBER 7, 2001) (REUTERS) 1. GV U.S. BOMBER OVERHEAD 0.06 2. GV SMOKE PUFFING FROM BOMB EXPLOSION IN DISTANCE 0.17 3. GV BOMBER FLYING OVERHEAD 0.24 4. GV VARIOUS SMOKE CLOUDS RISING FROM DROPPED BOMBS (3 SHOTS) 0.58 5. SLV NORTHERN ALLIANCE FIGHTER WATCHING BOMBING FROM ROOFTOPS 1.03 6. SV OPPOSITION FIGHTERS WITH WALKIE TALKIE ON ROOFTOP 1.09 7. GV/SLV/SV MORE VIEWS OF PLANES IN SKY, SMOKE CLOUD RISING FROM BOMBS, OPPOSITION FIGHTERS WATCHING (4 SHOTS) 1.33 (W5) SAYED, RABAT AREA (UNDER NORTHERN ALLIANCE CONTROL), AFGHANISTAN (NOVEMBER 7, 2001) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 8. GV/MCU/SV MORE VIEWS OF PLANES IN SKY, SMOKE CLOUD RISING FROM BOMBS, OPPOSITION FIGHTERS WATCHING (6 SHOTS) 2.14 9. MCU (Dari) LOCAL NORTHERN ALLIANCE COMMANDER ASIF KHAN SARIF SAYING THE BOMBING IS ACCURATE 2.22 10. GV BOMBING EXPLOSIONS IN DISTANCE 2.31 11. PAN FROM COMMANDER TO EXPLOSION IN DISTANCE 2.40 12. GV/SLV/LV TWO VEHICLES COMING DOWN RIDGE CARRYING WESTERN LOOKING MEN IN FRONT AND ARMED GUARDS ON BACK (5 SHOTS) 3.29 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 22nd November 2001 12:00
- Location: SAYED, RABAT AREA (UNDER NORTHERN ALLIANCE CONTROL), AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Reuters ID: LVA4UVOVXGVUX6UHINW7C6TT2G91
- Story Text: The U.S. air assault on Afghanistan has moved into its
32nd day with sustained bombardment of Taliban frontline
positions in Rabat.
The Afghan opposition has said it moved troops forward,
appearing poised for an offensive, as the United States
blitzed the Taliban targets north of the capital, Kabul.
The U.S. has said it has doubled the number of American
forces inside Afghanistan to pinpoint air targets.
U.S. B-52 bombers pounded frontline positions of the
Taliban in Khanaqa facing the opposition Northern Alliance
north of Kabul on Wednesday (November 7), sending up huge
columns of smoke and hitting al Qaeda posts, witnesses and
Reuters Television filmed U.S. B-52 warplanes repeatedly
bombing frontline positions near Sayed in the Rabat area.
At least five waves of B-52 bombers flew over the front
line, on the first round dropping huge single bombs and then
pounding the entrenched Taliban positions with strings of
smaller blasts, said Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis.
While Northern Alliance fighters applauded the bombardment
of their foes from their observation posts, the planes
returned again and again to pound the area.
Local Northern Alliance commander Asif Khan said the
bombing was very accurate.
As the bombing started two vehicles were seen coming down
from an observation post with four Western-looking men in
front with four armed guards behind.
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said special
forces on the ground in Afghanistan had more than doubled from
fewer than 100 announced last week. More are ready to go in
when weather clears.
Rumsfeld said ground troops were spotting Taliban targets
near the front line with the Northern Alliance and supplying
the opposition with weapons, ammunition and food.
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