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US identifies camps for strikes

WASHINGTON (Agencies): US intelligence agencies have identified 23 militant bases in Afghanistan as well as some Taliban military forces, as targets in President's campaign against terrorism, the Washington Times reported on Wednesday.Citing U.S. officials, the newspaper said the 23 training camps were located throughout the central Asian nation and included sites near the cities of Kabul and Jalalabad.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told a group of former U.S. government officials last week that numerous ``high-value'' targets inside Afghanistan had been targeted, the Washington Times said.

The newspaper said officials provided no further details about the location of the camps that have been targeted by U.S. military forces mobilizing in the region.

The United States and Britain have mounted a major military buildup near Afghanistan.

Aircraft carriers, more than 300 warplanes, ships armed with cruise missiles and special forces troops have gathered within striking range.

Russia has told the United National Security Council that Osama bin Laden has 55 camps, offices and in Afghanistan.

Defense officials were quoted as saying other targets include some military forces of Afghanistan's ruling Taliban, which has been harboring bin Laden.

-- Martin Thompson (, October 04, 2001


Although it would be very expensive, and, even if all the camps were empty, carpet bombing by B-52's would send quite a message. The terrorists would have to start all over again--from scratch.

-- Uncle Fred (, October 04, 2001.

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