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Warplanes intensify attacks on Taliban positions
13 civilians die in dispensary bombing

Rabat/Kandahar, October 31
US warplanes today intensified attacks on Taliban frontline positions north of the capital Kabul, carpet bombing two locations near the opposition-held airport of Bagram.

A large bomber trailing four white plumes from its engines released dozens of bombs, creating a wall of orange flashes and clouds of dust and smoke rising from the ground.

Witnesses said it was a B-52 bomber, which first hit just west of the airport and then on the Tutakhan hills further east from where the Taliban looks down on Bagram’s airstrip.

At least 30 blasts could be seen from each of the two passes. Opposition mujahideen at the frontline base of Rabat watched with glee as the massed US bombs hit the enemy.

The step-up in attacks followed Afghan Opposition statements that they were pushing the USA to hit the Taliban harder and clear the way for a ground offensive towards Kabul in four to five days.

Thirteen civilians including five women and children, were killed here this morning when a US jet bombed a medical dispensary and a neighbouring house, an injured doctor said.

The Afghan Red Cresent Society clinic and the house were destroyed in the attack, one of two waves of bombing raids over the Taliban’s southern bastion around dawn.

Dr Syed Abbas, who was slightly injured in the attack, told a group of foreign journalists that 13 persons were killed in the house and five doctors were injured in the dispensary.

The USA has hijacked Taliban radio frequencies in the militia’s headquarters city of Kandahar and started broadcasting messages and music, the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) reported today.

US propaganda broadcasts had warned people in the region to keep away from the Taliban and told Taliban soldiers to leave the militia because “they would risk death,” the Pakistan-based AIP said from Kandahar.
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