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by Patrick Wintour, Kamal Ahmed, Ed Vulliamy Was
Monday, Oct. 08, 2001 at 6:19 AM
The UK papers report on the upcoming war a little differently than in the US. Some reported details just don't qualify for spinning by US reporters.
It's time for war, Bush and Blair
Planes shot at over Kabul
Patrick Wintour, Kamal Ahmed, Ed Vulliamy Washington
and Ian Traynor, Jabal Saraj in Afghanistan
Sunday October 7, 2001
President George Bush and Tony Blair yesterday warned the
Taliban regime in Afghanistan in the starkest terms that
preparations for the war against them were complete and
attacks could be launched at any time.
In what amounted to a final warning to the Islamic
fundamentalist regime, which is accused of protecting Osama
bin Laden and his al-Qaeda terrorist network, Bush said: 'Full
warning has been given. For those nations that stand with the
terrorists, there will be a heavy price.'
He added: 'We're offering help and friendship to the Afghan
people. It is their Taliban rulers, and the terrorists they harbour,
who have much to fear.'
Bush's comments were echoed by Tony Blair, who was even
more outspoken in suggesting that an outbreak of hostilities was
imminent. He told journalists accompanying him as he returned
from three days of whirlwind diplomacy in Russia, Pakistan and
India: 'We are ready to go. Everything is in place.'
The warnings came as the Taliban made a desperate last-ditch
bid to avoid attack, announcing that it was releasing the British
journalist Yvonne Ridley and would negotiate the release of eight
foreign aid workers accused of being Christian missionaries if
America would halt its bellicose stance.
The offer was immediately rejected by a White House
spokesman, who said that the time for negotiation had run out.
He went on: 'The President has made clear from the beginning
that the Taliban need to release the aid workers and that it is
time for action, not negotiation.'
Responding to the Taliban's offer to release the eight aid
workers, he said there could be no negotiation with the Taliban
and the time for military action had arrived. Blair said: 'There are
strong important reasons for taking this action. An action is
going to be taken.'
Blair stressed his determination to see the removal of the
Taliban regime from power and added that the priority was now
to work towards replacing it.
He had seen new intelligence that convinced him of the
inseparable link between bin Laden and the Taliban. He said:
'They are enormous, they are intimately connected and totally
Blair also renewed fears that further attacks by bin Laden's
network were being planned, echoing comments by US
intelligence and military spokesmen - including those yesterday
of Nato Supreme Commander Joseph Ralston - that another
attack was '100 per cent likely'.
Blair made clear, however, that any military action would have a
tight focus and ruled out attacks on other states accused of
supporting terrorism. The mood among Blair's staff indicated
military strikes could take place this week, although there are
expected to be more meetings and visits during the week.
The warnings from Washington and London came as the Taliban
continue to reinforce their defences against the first wave of
attacks, expected to be cruise missiles launched from US and
British ships in the Gulf, and from high-flying B52 bombers.
In Kabul, fears that two high-flying aircraft seen above the city
yesterday were part of that first wave led to an intense burst of
anti-aircraft fire lasting 15 minutes.
As thousands continued to flee to border camps, it emerged that
the Taliban have doubled their fortifications along 10 miles of
front line to the north of the capital, Kabul, according to senior
opposition military officers who say they are in regular touch
with would-be defectors among the Taliban's field commanders.
The sources said yesterday that the Taliban have constructed a
second line of defences two kilometres behind the existing front
line to the north of the capital.
The alliance is endeavouring to present the new defensive lines
as a vain attempt by the Taliban leadership to boost morale
among its forces, but also concedes that the reinforcements
could frustrate their plans to storm Kabul should the US launch
air strikes. Intercepted radio traffic showed that the Taliban's
forward troops still included fearsome fighters from Pakistan and
the Arab world, they said.
'If the [Kabul] defences are manned by Arabs and Pakistanis,
they will be an important obstacle to us, because they are ready
to fight to the last, to the death,' said an opposition general.
'If they are Afghans, they won't be any obstacle. But there are
still Arabs there. We can hear them on the radios.'
With the media in neighbouring Iran yesterday predicting
imminent US strikes on the key Taliban cities of Kabul,
Kandahar in the south, and Jalalabad in the east, and warnings
from the Taleban that they would target neighboroughing states,
there were also growing signs of Northern Alliance forces
preparing for an offensive.
The opposition is constructing an airstrip 30 miles north of
Kabul. Some apparently new helicopters have been spotted in
the Northern Alliance Panjsheer Valley stronghold, north-east of
Kabul, hundreds of men have been called up, and General
Mohamed Fahim, the alliance commander, presided over a
parade of over 30 Soviet T-72 and T-55 tanks in the far north on
Friday. It was not clear if the hardware was from the existing
armoury or whether it was newly acquired from the million of
equipment promised by Moscow.
'Before the events in New York, the Taliban were ready and very,
very seriously preparing for a new round of internal war,' said a
senior Northern Alliance officer. 'But when faced with the
international challenge, they now feel very weak.'
Dr Abdullah Abdullah, the alliance's 'foreign minister", said the
Taliban headquarters in Kandahar had been completely
evacuated and that the Taliban's religious leader, Mullah
Mohamed Omar, had also moved from Kandahar. 'They've moved
everything to an unknown location.'
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