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The world at war
By Aaron Wherry
The scope of America's bioterrorism crisis continues to widen, while bombs and words flew in the war on terrorism.
The anthrax death toll appears to have reached three after two Washington-area postal workers passed away from presumed infection with the inhalation form of the infamous disease.
Monday, officials confirmed two other employees from the same postal facility have tested positive for inhalation anthrax and said the two suspicious deaths are under further investigation.
United States Surgeon General David Satcher said anthrax was the likely cause of death in both cases.
"It does seem highly probable that those two deaths were related to inhalation anthrax," he told CNN.
Washington health officials also indicated an additional nine cases have aroused concern and are being investigated
Over the past few weeks in the U.S., four individuals have contracted inhalation anthrax, resulting in one death.
Six cases of skin anthrax have been identified and 37 people have tested positive for exposure to anthrax.
In Afhganistan, U.S. warplanes struck Taliban forces north of Kabul.
The latest round of attacks targeted Taliban troops, air fields, command-and-control centres and armoured vehicles, said Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Richard Myers.
Taliban officials claim to have shot down two U.S. helicopters and seized prisoners, but U.S. officials denied those reports.
Speaking from Pakistan, Taliban ambassador Abdul Salam Zaeef claimed U.S. and British jets struck an Afghan hospital, killing more than 100 people. The report could not be independently verified.
U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the U.S. had no evidence of any such incident.
A helicopter crash in Pakistan, which killed two American soldiers, is still under investigation, U.S. officials said.
In Canada, a group calling itself the September Eleventh Peace Coalition is urging anti-war and anti-globalization groups to participate in a cross-country day of non-violent protest on Nov. 17.
The coalition wants the federal government to withdraw Canadian Forces from the war on terrorism.
"We demand that the Canadian government end Canadian military participation in the war and pursue a political solution to the crisis," said coalition co-chairwoman Deborah Bourque.
with files from Associated Press and Canadian Press