Volume 95, Issue 53

Wednesday, December 5, 2001
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War at home and abroad

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

While the war on terrorism rages overseas, Americans are being reminded the war at home may never end.

The battle for Afghanistan is now centered around the city of Kandahar – the Taliban's birthplace and last stronghold – but anti-Taliban forces are clashing with al-Qaida forces in the White Mountains south of Jalalabad.

Hundreds of anti-Taliban fighters have entered the mountain region in hopes of finding Osama bin Laden and hundreds of his loyalists who are reported to be hiding in the Tora Bora area.

U.S. Defence Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld would not discuss whether American ground troops were actively involved in the hunt for bin Laden near Jalalabad. But, he said, Americans "have been actively encouraging Afghan elements to seek out" al-Qaida leaders.

Monday, U.S. officials renewed their call on Americans to be on "the highest alert" for potential terrorist threats. Tom Ridge, the U.S. homeland security director, said the convergence of Christmas and Ramadan this month may spark new attacks. Terrorists have a history of attacking around religious holidays, he said.

At least one expert, who met bin Laden in 1997, says the prime suspect in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will likely strike again soon.

"I don't think you have to be an alarmist to be very concerned," Peter Bergen, a terrorism analyst for CNN and author of new book on bin Laden, told Canadian Press.

Bergen predicted bin Laden may attempt to strike on the 27th night of Ramadan – in mid-December this year – which is known as the "night of power." The al-Qaida leader has planned attacks for that night in the past.

–with files from Associated Press and Canadian Press

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