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September 11 News.com - November 2001 Daily Timeline - Timeline & chronology of events since the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on America.
An Afghan man prays as Ramadan begins on November 16th. Click on the photo for a larger image.
Ramadan Begins
November 2001 Daily Timeline & Daily Images.
A Daily Chronology and Timeline of Events
From November 1, 2001 to November 30, 2001.

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Click on the Afghan woman in a burqa and a Northern Alliance tank for a larger image.
Woman in a Burqa

Nov. 1
: The FBI announces it has alerted law enforcement agencies in eight Western U.S.
states that it has unconfirmed information terrorists may be targeting suspension bridges on the
West Coast. Pakistani press sources say the Taliban have arrested 25 followers of tribal leader
Hamid Karzai, and plan to execute them. American warplanes attack Kabul for the first time in
four days, striking targets in the northern edge of the capital. In a letter sent to Al-Jazeera TV,
Osama bin Laden urges fellow Muslims to rise up against the "Christian Crusade." The fear of
anthrax spread to the Midwest with a finding of contamination at a Kansas City postal facility.
Click on the November 1st photo of Taliban soldiers in Kandahar for a larger image.
Taliban in Kandahar
Nov. 2: Homeland Defense Secretary Tom Ridge issues an "indefinite" high alert against an
undefined terrorist attack. Hundreds of New York firemen march to Ground Zero in an emotional
protest over Mayor Giuliani's decision to scale back the number of workers searching for
victims. U.S. B-52 bombers continue carpet bombing front line Taliban troops. Hamid Karzai,
previously announced as captured, allegedly escapes the custody of the Taliban. A U.S. special
forces helicopter crashes in bad weather in Afghanistan. The injured crew members are rescued
by another helicopter on the same mission. The downed chopper is later destroyed by F-14 jets.
Click on the November 2nd B-52 bomber photo for a larger image.
B52 Carpet Bombing
Nov. 3: Senior British officials say that coalition forces are about to mount the first significant
ground offensive in an attempt to establish a "humanitarian bridgehead" in a corridor from
Uzbekistan through enemy positions in northern Afghanistan "in support" of Northern Alliance
forces.  U.S. jets continue to blast Taliban strongholds on Afghanistan's two main battle fronts.
Al-Jazeera TV broadcasts another taped message from Osama bin Laden, in which he warns
Arab leaders not to back the efforts of the United Nations. Bin Laden says any Muslim who
supports UN initiatives will renounce his faith and will become an "infidel."
Read excerpts from the text of Osama bin Laden's November 3rd Al-Jazeera TV broadcast.
Click on the Osama bin Laden Al-Jazeera photo of November 3rd for a larger image.
Bin Laden TV Nov. 3
Nov. 4: U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld discusses a dramatic enlargement of U.S.
troops to be deployed in Central Asia with leaders from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan during
weekend talks. Rumsfeld's travels take him over Afghanistan, on a day that coincided with
the heaviest bombing of the Taliban front line to date. An Islamic Jihad gunmen opens fire on
an Israeli bus in Jerusalem. Amr Moussa, the Secretary-General of the Arab League denounces
bin Laden's TV statement, saying he "does not speak in the name of Arabs and Muslims."
Egypt's Foreign Minister described bin Laden as being at war with the "whole world."
Click on the Afghan woman in a burqa and a Northern Alliance tank for a larger image.
Burqa & NA Tank
Nov. 5: The U.S. begins attacking the Taliban with the biggest conventional bomb in the air
force arsenal. The bomb, known as a BLU-82 or Daisy Cutter, is a 15,000 pound weapon
that drops by parachute and explodes just above the ground. The Pentagon releases copies of a
leaflet dropped over Afghanistan which urges the people to report the location of Taliban leader
Mullah Mohammed Omar. U.S. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld says there are more commandos in
Afghanistan. Rumsfeld said, "we're in four - maybe more" locations. Rumsfeld also disclosed
that U.S. helicopters had rescued Hamid Karzai. Anthrax is found in a Pentagon post office.
Click on this November 5th photo of Northern Alliance troops for a larger image.
N. Alliance Troops
Nov. 6: U.S. President George W. Bush issues a warning of a potential threat "to civilization
itself" in a satellite speech to eastern and central European countries. Bush added that the
coalition must prevent Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network from acquiring weapons of
mass destruction, including nuclear weapons. British PM Tony Blair said that the al-Qaeda have
"virtually merged" with the Taliban regime, thus negating the chance for negotiations. For the
first time since the Second World War, in a cause beyond peace-keeping, Germany commits
3,900 soldiers to the war on terrorism. The Northern Alliance claims the capture of strategic
areas near the northern Afghanistan city of Mazar-e-Sharif. The FBI says the intelligence
behind the warnings that terrorists might attack U.S. West Coast bridges was not credible.
Click on this Reuters graphic of the Daisy Cutter bomb for a larger image.
Daisy Cutter / BLU82
Nov. 7: British PM Tony Blair flies on the Concorde and meets with U.S. President George W.
Bush. At a Washington press conference Blair says, "the strategy has to encompass more than
air strikes...there are other operations we will mount." Bush added, "slowly but surely the
Taliban is crumbling." The anti-Taliban Northern Alliance claims new victories in the battle for
the northern Afghanistan city of Mazar-e-Sharif. A Northern Alliance spokesman said, "We hope
to reach the gates of Mazar tonight." U.S. government officials release a photo of the "We Are
Watching" leaflets dropped over Afghanistan. A 911 call from a dying postal worker is released.
Click on this US leaflet photo for a larger image.
"Watching" Leaflets
Nov. 8: U.S. air strikes reportedly kill 85 Islamic militants and a Taliban commander near
Mazar-e-Sharif. U.S. commander, General Tommy Franks, said a "big fight" was continuing
for the strategic northern stronghold. The fall of Mazar, with its supply routes and large airfield,
could trigger the arrival of U.S. ground forces for a northern bridgehead. President Bush tours
the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, and in a nationally televised speech he said
"This great nation will never be intimidated." Bush closed with, "My fellow Americans, let's roll."
Go to President Bush in Atlanta for the full text and images of his November 8th speech.
Click on this photo of bombs near Kandahar on Nov. 8th for a larger image.
Kandahar Bombing
Nov. 9: In the biggest victory of the month long war, anti-Taliban forces capture the northern
Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif. Taliban officials in Kabul confirmed they had lost control of the
strategic city. The northern Alliance said the attack began at 7 a.m., with troops and tanks first
taking the airport, and then capturing the city center by 6 p.m. Reports of casualties are 90 to
250 Taliban and 12 Alliance, and 200 - 500 Taliban prisoners. President Bush meets with Indian
PM Vajpayee in Washington. Anthrax spores are found in four New Jersey postal facilities.
Click on this November 9th photo of India's PM Vajpayee and President Bush for a larger image.
Vajpayee & Bush
Nov. 10: The Northern Alliance says that Mazar-e-Sharif "is quite" and "the Taliban are gone."
Taliban military officials said, "We did not want to risk our soldiers or have the city destroyed,
so we left.'' U.S. warplanes, including B-52 bombers, strike Taliban positions in areas north of
Kabul. A Northern Alliance commander says an attack on Kabul will begin in three days. U.S.
President Bush tells the UN that all countries share an urgent obligation to battle terrorism. "For
every regime that sponsors terror, there is a price to be paid and it will be paid ... the time for
action has now arrived.'' After receiving a scolding from Saudi Arabia, Bush continues to reject
a meeting with Yasser Arafat while the two are in New York for Bush's UN address. Pakistan's
largest newspaper publishes an interview with Osama bin Laden. "If America used chemical and
nuclear weapons against us, then we may retort with chemical and nuclear weapons. We have
the weapons as a deterrent," claims bin Laden. When asked where he allegedly got the nuclear
weapons, bin Laden replied, "Go to the next question.'' A video from late October shows Osama
bin Laden saying the WTC was a "legitimate target", and the hijackers "were blessed by Allah."
Go to President Bush at the UN for the full text and images of his November 10th speech.
Click on this November 10th photo of a Northern Alliance cannon for a larger image.
Northern Alliance
Click on this November 10th photo of President Bush speaking at the UN for a larger image.
Bush Speaks at UN
Nov. 11: Leaders of several countries join U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and President
George W. Bush for a memorial service honoring countries who had casualties in the WTC
attacks. The two month anniversary of the September 11 attacks falls on a day most of the
western world remembers their war veterans (U.S. - Veterans Day, Canada/UK - Remembrance
Day). Despite the U.S. advising the Northern Alliance not to attack Kabul, Alliance forces
continue to make advances in Northern Afghanistan, and move towards the capital city. Taliban
militiamen ambush an Alliance convoy killing three journalists. View Ground Zero on Nov. 11th.
Click on this November 11th image of Kofi Annan and George Bush at a WTC gathering of leaders.
Bush & Annan WTC
Nov. 12: American Airlines Flight 587 flying from NYC's Kennedy Airport  to the Dominican
Republic crashes into a residential neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., only minutes after takeoff.
All 260 passengers and crew are killed, and six people on the ground are missing. Flight 587 left
the airport at 9:14 A.M., over 70 minutes late. The early indications lead NTSB investigators to
announce the likely cause was mechanical failure, and not another act of airline terrorism.
Eyewitnesses say that the engines and other plane parts appeared to have exploded and then
fell off prior to the crash. The engines are found blocks from the main crash site, and the tail
section is retrieved from the waters in Jamaican Bay. President Bush tells the American people,
"New York people have suffered mightily, they suffer again, but there is no doubt in my mind
that New Yorkers are resilient and strong and courageous people and will help their neighbors
overcome this recent incident." When NY Mayor Giuliani heard of the plane crash he said, "Oh,
my God. We are just being tested one more time and we are going to pass this test too."
Ironically the plane crashes into a neighborhood where many firefighters and policemen lived,
and who were involved in the September 11th WTC rescue efforts. The community where Flight
587 crashed had already lost over 70 people in the WTC attack weeks before.

Taliban forces unexpectedly desert the capital of Kabul at dawn, after a series of stunning
military victories by opposition forces in the north over the past several days. Residents of
Kabul were seen shouting and cheering as the Taliban departed in columns and vehicle convoys
heading south. Images of western soldiers were seen with Alliance fighters on the Kabul front
lines. The Alliance now claim control of over 50 per cent of Afghanistan. Reports indicate that
up to 600 Taliban supporters were executed after the Alliance takeover of Mazar-e-Sharif. The
U.S. and the United Nations speed up the efforts to form a new government in Afghanistan.
Click on the November 12th photo of the crash of Flight 587 for a larger image.
Flight 587 Crashes
Click on the November 12th photo of the crash of Flight 587 for a larger image.
AA 587 Tail Section
Click on the November 13th photo of Northern Alliance troops entering Kabul for a larger image.
Alliance Enter Kabul
Nov. 13: U.S. coalition forces narrow the search for Osama bin Laden as the Taliban continue
to abandon swathes of territory. A U.S. official said, "Things are not looking good for the
Taliban at the moment." Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar's radio commands to his
fighters hinted at massive chaos within their ranks. Omar reportedly said, "I order you to
completely obey your commanders. Omar added, "Any person who goes hither and thither is
like a slaughtered chicken." Former South African President Nelson Mandela meets with U.S.
President Bush and expresses "grave concern" that the President will not meet with Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat. President Bush and Russian President Putin meet in Washington to discuss
the slashing of their nuclear weapons arsenals. Bush spoke to reporters after their three hour
meeting, saying, "Together, we're making history as we make progress, we're transforming our
relationship from one of hostility and suspicion to one based on co-operation and trust." Putin
added, "We no longer have to intimidate each other to reach agreements."
Click on the November 13th photo of Northern Alliance troops in the city of Kabul for a larger image.
Kabul In NA Control
Nov. 14: In the haste of the Al-Qaeda departure from Kabul, documents are left behind clearly
indicating Osama bin Laden's network is actively attempting to develop nuclear devices. The
Taliban's birthplace and final stronghold comes under attack as the Northern Alliance's lightning
sweeps across Afghanistan reach Kandahar, where rebels reportedly captured the airport. The
investigators of the crash of Flight 587 suspect that the plane took off sooner than approved and
may have been caught in the "wake turbulence" of another plane. U.S. President Bush plays
host to President Putin at Bush's 640-hectare Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford Texas.
Click on the November 14th Reuters graphic for a larger image of the territory seized to date.
NA Takes Territory
Nov. 15: Eight aid workers, held captive in Afghanistan since August for teaching Christianity,
are flown to Pakistan by U.S. Special Forces after being abandoned by the fleeing Taliban. The
captives feared the Taliban were preparing for their executions, and called their rescue "a
miracle." The Northern Alliance claim the capture of senior Taliban officials. A U.S. official said,
"We may have come into possession of some Taliban leadership." U.S. warplanes strike the
Taliban lines around Kunduz. In the southern city of Kandahar, the Taliban continue the fight
with Pashtun tribal guerillas aided by U.S. Special Forces. In an ominous threat to the United
States, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar tells BBC Radio, "The plan is going ahead and,
God willing, it is being implemented. But it is a huge task, which is beyond the will and
comprehension of human beings. If God's help is with us, this will happen within a short period
of time. Keep in mind this prediction." Omar also admitted that 80 per cent of Afghanistan's
territory had been lost. The commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, General Tommy
Franks said, "We are tightening the noose. It's a matter of time."

Presidents Bush and Putin conclude talks without an agreement on reducing nuclear
stockpiles or the future of missile defense systems and the ABM treaty. Russian President Putin
flies to New York and tours Ground Zero with NY Mayor Giuliani. Colin Powell agrees to get
involved in Middle East peace talks. Flight 587 investigators say the flight data recorder indicates
the A300 jet had two "wake encounters" during the three-minute flight. The FAA prepared to
order inspections for all Airbus A300s, focusing on the tail. United Airlines announces it will place
Taser stun guns for their pilots in the cockpits of their 500 plane fleet.
Click on the November 15th photo of the arrival of aid workers in Pakistan for a larger image.
Aid Workers Freed
Click on the November 15th photo of a Northern Alliance tank and soldier in Kabul for a larger image.
NA Tank in Kabul
Click on the November 15th photo of President Bush and President Putin in Crawford Texas for a larger image.
Bush/Putin in Texas
Nov. 16: U.S. air strikes reportedly killed Mohammed Atef, a key lieutenant to Osama bin
Laden and the al-Qaeda network. Atef was a close personal friend of bin Laden, and Atef's
daughter was married to bin Laden's son. An Iranian radio report claims Osama bin Laden has
slipped into Pakistan. Pakistani officials say this claim is "preposterous and "mischievous", and
U.S. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld responded, "I suspect he is still in the country." U.S. jets
strike sites in Kandahar and Kunduz while Mullah Mohamad Omar hints at an agreement to pull
out of Kandahar. Pentagon sources said it was still unclear who controlled parts of Afghanistan,
and there were ongoing battles with pockets of Taliban forces in Jalalabad and Ghazni. The
Northern Alliance leadership warns British forces that it does not want foreign forces in Kabul.
The Northern Alliance began broadcasting on Radio Kabul, and have occupied the important
government offices including the defense, interior, and foreign ministries.

Muslims around the world recognize the first day of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. The U.S.
Congress approves a federal takeover of air security, and National Guard troops will soon
screen bags until mandated screening machines arrive. A man running through security, to
catch a flight, causes chaos and turmoil at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport, and the
world's busiest airport is shut down for over three hours. Investigators find an anthrax tainted
letter addressed to U.S. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy. The letter is found in a quarantined
batch of unopened Capitol Hill mail. The handwriting on the letter is similar to to the letter sent
to Tom Daschle.
Click on this undated photo of Osama bin Laden and Mohammed Atef for a larger image.
Laden & Friend Atef
An Afghan man prays as Ramadan begins on November 16th. Click on the photo for a larger image.
Ramadan First Day
Click on the anthrax tainted letter to Patrick Leahy for a larger image.
Anthrax to Leahy
Nov. 17: The LA Times reports that Osama bin Laden built a shadow air force using the national
airline of Afghanistan, a smuggled U.S. Air force jet, clandestine charters, and the private jets
of Middle East dignitaries. Western defense sources say that British and American Special Forces
have narrowed their search for Osama bin Laden to a hilly area of just 80 square kilometers in
southern Afghanistan. British SAS and American troops are near the southern city of Kandahar
to prevent his escape to Pakistan. Former Afghanistan President, Burhanuddin Rabbani returned
to Kabul assuming a fragile position as head of state. Rabbani said, "We came to Kabul for
peace." Laura Bush spoke in place of U.S. President Bush for the weekly White House radio 
address. The First Lady said the war was "a fight for the rights and dignity of women."
Click on the November 17th photo of a US FA18 jet flying over the USS Theodore Roosevelt for a larger image.
FA18 / T. Roosevelt
Nov. 18: The Taliban leadership declares that Osama bin Laden is no longer a "guest" and will
not have Taliban protection or help. Hundreds of American and British forces continue searching
for bin Laden in the rugged mountains of southern and eastern Afghanistan. With bin Laden on
the run, American bombers continue pounding suspected safe-houses and caves. Abdul Salem
Zaeef, the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, and one of the last Taliban officials said, "I do not
know where he (Osama) is," perhaps "he has left Afghanistan." The stepped-up hunt for bin
Laden comes as the Northern Alliance agrees to talks with other Afghan factions, on the creation
of a broad-based post-Taliban government. Taliban forces in Konduz offer to surrender if the
Northern Alliance spared the lives of foreign forces loyal to bin Laden. In Kandahar and Konduz,
al-Qaeda forces clash with moderate Taliban commanders. The planned deployment of a full
brigade of British troops in Afghanistan stays in doubt as the Northern Alliance continue to
disagree with the role of foreign troops.
Click on the November 18th image of Taliban Ambassador Zaeef for a larger image.
Zaeef "Osama Left"
Nov. 19: U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld delivers an ultimatum to the Taliban in
Kunduz to surrender or die. Rumsfeld said he would do "everything he could to prevent"
al-Qaeda from leaving Afghanistan "to destabilize other countries or engage in terrorist attacks
on the United States." Rumsfeld added, "My hope is that they will be either killed or taken
prisoner." After 800 Taliban forces are killed in in Konduz, and B-52's continue pounding areas
near Konduz, the Taliban agrees to surrender under certain conditions, including giving up under
United Nations supervision. Pakistan officially severs ties with "whatever is left of the Taliban
government." Four international journalists are ambushed and killed by gunmen in a mountain
pass on the road to Kabul. The four were among more than a dozen international journalists
traveling in a convoy from the eastern city of Jalalabad to the capital city of Kabul. A Kabul
movie theater opens for the first time in five years. U.S. President George W. Bush signs the
new air security bill federalizing airport inspectors.
Click on the November 19th image of President George W. Bush for a larger image.
Bush Signs Air Bill
Nov. 20: The United Nations announces upcoming talks in Bonn, Germany, to forge a
post-Taliban government in Afghanistan. The Northern Alliance agree to attend the Berlin talks.
At a conference in Washington, attended by 21 countries to discuss the reconstruction of
Afghanistan, Colin Powell said, "We are going to have an enormous obligation ... to not leave the
Afghan people in the lurch, and not walk away as has been done in the past." U.S. bombers
continue to strike the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, and the Northern Alliance give the Taliban
three days to to surrender in Konduz or face a military assault. The Pentagon moves hundreds
more U.S. Marines on amphibious vessels to the region to help in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
The U.S. military drops leaflets into Afghanistan offering a $25 million reward for Osama bin
Laden and his associates. An elderly Connecticut women is hospitalized with inhalation anthrax.
Click on the November 20th photo of the Osama bin Laden reward leaflet for a larger image.
Reward $25Million
Nov. 21: The U.S. Justice Department determines that all 19 hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks
entered the U.S. legally, on temporary visas issued at U.S. consulates in the Middle East and
Europe. Speaking to 10,000 cheering U.S. paratroopers of the 101st Airborne in Fort Campbell
Ky., U.S. President Bush said, "Afghanistan is just the beginning on the war against terror ...
Across the world and across the years, we will fight these evil ones, and we will win." The
Taliban agree to give up the city of Konduz. But the Taliban vowed to fight to the death to hold
on to their spiritual birthplace of Kandahar. Syed Tayyab Agha, the 28 year-old protege of
Supreme leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, said "We will not give any chance to anybody to
disturb our Islamic rule in Kandahar." Speaking to dozens of international journalists Agha
continued, "You should forget the Sept. 11 attacks because now there is new fighting against
Islam. We hope mighty Allah will break America." On the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden,
Agha replied, "We have no idea where he is, there is no relation now, there is no
communication." A 94 year-old Connecticut widow, who rarely left her home, becomes the fifth
anthrax fatality. Health officials are confounded by the death and had no immediate clues.
Click on the November 21st photo of Northern Alliance tanks in Kunduz province for a larger image.
NA/Konduz Province
Click on the November 21st photo President Bush speaking to U.S. paratroopers for a larger image.
Bush - Ft. Campbell
Nov. 22: Despite reports of an imminent Taliban surrender in Konduz, advancing Northern
Alliance troops are hit with a sustained volley of Taliban artillery shells. The Alliance responded
with a barrage of long-range rockets. As Americans welcome Thanksgiving Day, U.S. forces
continue to bomb Taliban front line positions in Konduz. Contradictions continue as Alliance and
Taliban commanders, meeting in Mazar-e-Sharif, say both the Afghan and the foreign Taliban
fighters will lay down their arms. Amidst the turmoil and confusion, aid agencies in Afghanistan
attempt to move in supplies for millions of war weary civilians, as winter draws near.
Click on the November 22nd TV photo of Northern Alliance and Taliban commanders, meeting to discuss Kunduz, for a larger image.
NA & Taliban Meet
Nov. 23: Amidst sporadic gunfire, advances continue by Northern Alliance forces surrounding
Konduz, the Taliban's last stronghold in northern Afghanistan. Contradictory reports continue on
whether several thousand foreign fighters, mainly from Pakistan, would give up. Pentagon
officials have told the Alliance that they oppose any deal with foreign fighters because many of
the foreign fighters belong to the al-Qaeda network. Hundreds of American and British special
forces continue undercover operations in search of al-Qaeda members. Referring to the U.S.
special forces, a Bush administration official was quoted as saying, "They have killed in the
hundreds. There have been no deaths on our side. They're not leaving a footprint. When these
guys go to sleep, they sleep on the ground. They don't have a fixed base camp." The Red Cross
said 1,500 tonnes of food arrives in Mazar-e-Sharif via Turkmenistan. Anthrax tests on the mail
and home of an elderly woman who died from anthrax all prove negative. 
Click on the November 23rd photo of Northern Alliance troops praying in Konduz province for a larger image.
NA Prayer Konduz
Nov. 24: More than 1,000 defecting Taliban fighters are embraced by Northern Alliance soldiers
on the front lines near Konduz. With the northern Afghanistan city of Konduz on the brink of
surrender, the allies focus on the Taliban's spiritual center of Kandahar. According to U.K. news
sources, British paratroopers are on 48 hours notice, and will join some 25,000 elite American
paratroopers from the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions, who intend to encircle the city of
Kandahar. A senior Taliban official, Mullah Mohammed Khaqzar, appeared in the capital of Kabul
and announced he was defecting. Khaqzar said, "The Taliban did not concentrate on peace."
Click on the November 24th photo of Northern Alliance troops marching in Konduz province for a larger image.
NA  Konduz Road
Nov. 25: Foreign Taliban prisoners overpower their Northern Alliance guards at a prison near
Mazar-e-Sharif, triggering a fierce gun battle that killed hundreds and was put down only after
U.S. air and ground forces were called in. An Alliance spokesman said the prisoners "were all
killed and very few were arrested."  Washington officials confirm that a CIA official was wounded
in the jailbreak attempt. The Northern Alliance claim to have seized control of Konduz, the
Taliban's last stronghold in northern Afghanistan. Hundreds of U.S. marines land by helicopter
near the southern city of Kandahar, and are reportedly to be followed by hundreds more from
navy ships in the Arabian Sea. In an interview President Bush talked about steps beyond
Afghanistan and singled out Iraq's Sadam Hussein. Bush said "Sadam is evil. I think he's got
weapons of mass destruction, and I think he needs to open up his country to let us inspect."
Bush also cited Syria as a state that needed to "take a hard look at some of the groups in their
country." Bonn Germany prepares for UN-sponsored talks with Western diplomats and key
Afghani leaders on the make up of the post war Afghanistan government. Burhanuddin Rabbani,
former Afghan president and leader of the Northern Alliance, suggested there may be a place
for the Taliban in the future Afghan government.
Click on this November 25th photo of a wounded Northern Alliance soldier escaping the jailbreak gunfire for a larger image.
 Escaping Gunfire
Click on this November 25th photo of Taliban prisoners driving by the NA front lines for a larger image.
Taliban Drive By NA
Nov. 26: Tapes are released revealing the last minutes of Flight 93. The hijackers are heard
screaming at each other while the sounds of plates and metal trays crash repeatedly against the
cockpit door. The hijacker at the controls tried to knock the passengers of their feet by putting
the plane into a steep dive. Flight 93 crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after the hijackers were
rushed by heroes aboard the flight. After a 12 day siege, and summary executions of Taliban
soldiers, Konduz is finally in the hands of the Northern Alliance. Several Taliban troops
reportedly escaped westward from Konduz. Five hundred U.S. marines fly into southern
Afghanistan by helicopter, and seize an airstrip within striking distance of Kandahar, the
Taliban's last stronghold. U.S. air strikes pound a convoy of Taliban troops and vehicles near the
U.S. desert base near Kandahar. Captured Taliban forces continue to battle with Northern
Alliance guards inside a fort in Mazar-e-Sharif. Five American soldiers are injured by an errant
bomb that lands near the fort. Over 200 Russian personnel arrive at Bagram airport near Kabul
to establish a "humanitarian center." The FBI plans to acquire DNA samples from Osama bin
Laden's relatives. Talks on Afghanistan's future continue at a hilltop hotel near Bonn, Germany.
Click on the November 26th photo of Afghan spokesman Fawzi in Bonn for a larger image.
Afghan Talks Bonn
Click on the November 26th photo of NA tanks in Taloqan for a larger image.
NA Tanks in Taloqan
Nov. 27: In the bloodiest engagement of the war in Afghanistan, imprisoned foreign Taliban
soldiers, in a mud-brick fort outside of Mazar-e-Sharif, are all killed. The death toll includes
scores of Northern Alliance soldiers and a CIA operative, who was questioning the Taliban at the
time of the prison uprising on Nov. 25th.  Speaking at an Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida,
Defense Secretary Rumsfeld said the U.S. military bombed a compound near Kandahar used by
Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network. "It clearly was a leadership area. Whoever was in there is
going to wish they weren't," said Rumsfeld. U.S. Army General Tommy Franks indicated the
search for Osama bin laden had been narrowed to two key locations. Franks said, "Two areas
are very interesting to us, one of them for the leadership of the Taliban ... in the vicinity of
Kandahar ... the other is in an area between Kabul and Khyber, to include the Jalalabad area
and down toward Tora Bora." Pakistani intelligence officers are sent to Afghanistan to assist in
the manhunt for Osama bin Laden. Talks continue in Bonn with at least four Afghan factions,
including the Northern Alliance, ethnic Pashtun groups, and those loyal to the former king.
Click on the November 27th photo of a U.S. Marine helicopter in southern Afghanistan for a larger image.
Marines Afghanistan
Click on the November 27th photo of Donald Rumsfeld at a Tampa AFB for a larger image.
Rumsfeld Fla. AFB
Nov. 28: The CIA identifies Michael Spann as the operative killed in the Mazar-e-Sharif prison
uprising. Spann officially becomes the first American combat death in the Afghan war. The
Pentagon says the Taliban leadership has lost control of their troops. U.S. forces concentrate
their attacks on a deep mountain bunker where they suspect Osama bin Laden may be holed up.
The bunker is near a complex in Tora Bora. A Pentagon spokesmen said, "We're now convinced
this is where he is and where 1,000 or so al-Qaeda fighters with him will make their last stand."
More than 150 captured Taliban soldiers are reportedly executed by Pashtun opposition forces in
Takteh Pol. In a radio address to Taliban forces, Taliban spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad
Omar, calls on his fighters to "Stick to your positions, and fight to the death." The Northern
Alliance tells the UN-sponsored conference in Bonn that there is no need for an international
military force in Afghanistan. The leader of the Alliance delegation, Younus Qanooni, said, "We
have our own qualified security forces and there is full security in Afghanistan."
Click on the November 28th photo of U.S. Marines in southern Afghanistan for a larger image.
Marines Afghanistan
Nov. 29: The Northern Alliance and a group of exiles loyal to the former king, agree to a
transitional government to rebuild Afghanistan, until more conclusive talks can be convened in
the spring. The Northern Alliance also softened their stance on foreign troops in Afghanistan,
saying if the need for help becomes "inevitable" then the Alliance would not oppose an
international force. American warplanes continue to bombard the Taliban's final stronghold in
Kandahar. The U.S. bombing is described as some of the most punishing air strikes in the war.
Click on the November 29th photo of U.S. Marines in southern Afghanistan for a larger image.
Afghan Desert
Nov. 30: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visits Ground Zero with New York Mayor Giuliani.
Sharon said, "I can assure you that democracies will defeat the terror." An anti-Taliban force of
Pashtun fighters captures a strategic peak near Kandahar's airport without a fight. A Pashtun aid
said, "Soon you will hear we are advancing on Kandahar. When we are ready, we will make our
way north slowly, and in a week or 10 days, we will have the city." Capture of the high ground
near Kandahar would ease access to the city for a contingent of U.S. Marines who set up a base
80 kilometers southwest of Kandahar. United Nations negotiators in Bonn said they are making
progress in shaping an initial cabinet of about 20 members and a legislature of 200. The newly
formed government would hold power until spring when it would summon a "loyal jirga" (national
assembly) to form a more lasting interim government that would hold elections in about two
years. At the U.S. Marines forward base in southern Afghanistan, American troops raise a
bamboo pole with an American flag and a flag of New York City. The NYC flag was given to the
Marines by New York City firefighters to honor the victims of the World Trade Center attack.
Click on the November 30th photo of Israeli PM Sharon at Ground Zero for a larger image.
Sharon at WTC
Click on the November 30th photo of U.S. Marines raising the NYC and USA flags for a larger image.
Marines-NYC Flag
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