Volume 95, Issue 49

Wednesday, November 28, 2001
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Tories receive poor marks

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U.S. makes disturbing discovery

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U.S. makes disturbing discovery

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

United States military officials now believe Osama bin Laden loyalists used more than 40 sites in Afghanistan to conduct research into chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

According to Army Gen. Tommy Franks, these sites are now under control of anti-Taliban forces. U.S. authorities will now be checking the dozens of locations for evidence of such weapons of mass destruction.

"We'll perform the tests that need to be performed at every possible facility," Franks said.

Bin Laden has claimed to possess biological, chemical and nuclear weapons and the Bush administration officials have taken such claims seriously.

U.S. marines continue to flood into Afghanistan to help restore order and snuff out remaining Taliban forces. Military officials said about 1,000 marines will be involved – the largest number on the ground in a war zone since the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

The marines are currently operating from an airstrip in southern Afghanistan near the Taliban's birthplace and final stronghold – Kandahar.

Ground forces are also expected to help seal off the potential escape routes of fleeing Taliban and al-Qaida leaders, including bin Laden.

Northern alliance, U.S. and British forces claimed to have quashed an uprising by Taliban prisoners of war at a fortress prison in Mazar-e-Sharif.

Meanwhile, journalists remain under fire in Afghanistan. A week after four journalists were ambushed and killed by suspected Taliban forces, a Swedish TV cameraman was killed Tuesday – the eighth member of the media to die during the war.

A Montreal freelance reporter – on assignment for the alternative weekly Montreal Mirror – was reportedly taken hostage by the Taliban near Kandahar.

–with files from Associated Press and Canadian Press

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