Volume 95, Issue 48

Tuesday, November 27, 2001
 
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NEWS

Western support staff may strike

CHRW forgoes hygiene for cash

Brutal tales from Kunduz

Western must cover Games debt

Another tuition increase at Western?

Profs, store owners differ on economy

Western and Fanshawe get together

Vandalism and rolling stops

News Briefs

Brutal tales from Kunduz

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff


As Kunduz falls to the northern alliance, gruesome tales of unbridled violence are shedding light on a country in chaos.

While the United States has deployed Marines to the Taliban's last stronghold in Kandahar, the northern city of Kunduz has been seized by the northern alliance.

Anger boiled over Monday, following a two-week struggle for the market city of 100,000 people, as alliance fighters roamed the streets, shooting at wounded Taliban who lay crumpled against store awnings.

Alliance forces were going house-to-house, flushing out any Taliban forces who had not already fled or been killed, said alliance security official Rahman Ali.

At mid-Monday afternoon, on Kunduz's main street, one Afghan Taliban appeared to be trying to win over uniformed soldiers who had discovered him.

Within seconds, the man was down the ground. Alliance fighters stomped on his face as he lay writhing, then fired a shot into the air to drive back a curious crowd.

Fighters finally threw the man's body, inert, into the back of a truck.

Still, Kunduz's citizens seemed happy to see the arrival of the northern alliance.

"During the rule of the Taliban, we were prisoners. We were servants," said one man. "[Now] we are free."

In Washington, U.S. President George W. Bush prepared the nation for casualties as the U.S.-led ground invasion intensified.

"America must be prepared for a loss of life," he said. "Obviously, no president or commander-in-chief hopes anybody loses life in the theatre [of war], but it's going to happen."

A large number of Marines – numbering between 500-1,000 – have seized an airstrip near Kandahar and are expected to help seize the final Taliban outpost. They will then set their sights on rounding up Osama bin Laden and the Taliban's senior leadership.

–with files from Associated Press and Canadian Press






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