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New airstrikes Tuesday hit Afghanistan

An F/A-18 attack jet takes off from the USS Carl Vinson in Sunday night's raids.  


(CNN) -- Fresh explosions rocked Afghanistan's capital of Kabul and the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday, the latest in the second wave of U.S strikes that began on Monday night.

At least three explosions rattled Kabul Tuesday morning and several explosions were heard in Kandahar, the nation's second largest city in south-central Afghanistan.

U.S. officials said targets in Kabul, Kandahar and Jalalabad were on the attack list in the campaign to flush out suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and punish the Taliban for harboring him.

Planes and anti-aircraft fire were also reported in the western Afghan city of Herat.

CNN's Kamal Hyder reported Jalalabad airport was struck overnight and continued to burn Tuesday.

Some of the U.S. missiles fired had "NYPD" and "FDNY" written on them -- reminders of the New York police and firefighters killed in the September 11 terror attacks against the United States.

The strikes, which began Sunday, are the opening salvos of an anti-terrorist campaign Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned could last for years.

Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said U.S. warplanes and cruise missiles struck 31 targets in the first day of attacks and that no U.S. planes were shot down by Afghan anti-aircraft fire. The Taliban claimed to have downed a number of coalition planes Sunday.

Unlike Sunday, no British forces were involved in Monday's attacks.

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Myers said U.S. and British forces hit 31 targets by midnight Sunday.  

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce that it is immediately limiting all airline passengers to one carry-on bag and one personal article such as a purse or briefcase, an FAA official told CNN on Monday. Experts said the move would give screeners more time to examine bags and passengers closely. (Full story)

U.S. officials told the United Nations that its anti-terrorist campaign could lead to strikes on nations other than Afghanistan. (Full story)

U.S. stocks gave back earlier gains Monday afternoon after the United States launched a second retaliatory attack on targets in Afghanistan. (Full story)

Aid agencies held a crisis meeting Monday in the Iranian city of Mashhad to discuss how to deal with a potentially huge influx of refugees from Afghanistan. Iran closed its borders to refugees about three weeks ago, saying the country is already home to nearly 2.3 million Afghans who have fled their homes and that it cannot accept any more. (Full story)

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Strikes Day 2

Targets
Military runways, aircraft, surface-to-air missile sites, airports and terror training camps

Aircraft
2 long-range B-2 bombers from Whiteman AFB in Missouri

3 B-1 bombers from the British base Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean

10 carrier-based aircraft

Surface ships
USS McFaul (destroyer)

USS John Paul Jones (destroyer)

Submarine
USS Providence

Weapons
15 Tomahawk missiles fired from destroyers and submarine

Humanitarian aid
37,000 ready-to-eat meals dropped overnight

Source: U.S. Department of Defense
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President Bush said Monday the United States had opened a new front in the war on terrorism as he introduced Tom Ridge as the nation's new director of homeland security. (Full story)

Across Afghanistan's eastern border, anti-American demonstrators burned a movie theater in Quetta, Pakistan, on Monday and clashed with police in three other cities as Pakistan's president insisted his endorsement of U.S. attacks against terrorists in Afghanistan enjoyed wide support. (Full story)

The Pentagon gathered intelligence from satellites and other sources and was assessing the damage from Sunday's strikes. (Full story)

The U.S.-led airstrikes brought both damage and casualties to Kandahar, home of Afghanistan's ruling Taliban, sources told CNN on Monday. (Map) | (Details)

Two U.S. C-17 aircraft flew from Ramstein, Germany, and dropped emergency rations as a humanitarian relief effort over Afghanistan. They finished their mission and left Afghan airspace early Monday, Pentagon officials said. The airdrops will continue over the next few days, officials said.

Two Palestinians were killed Monday during demonstrations supporting bin Laden in Gaza City, Palestinian sources told CNN. They died after police clashed with about 150 demonstrators from the Islamic University. The Palestinian Authority has asked that Palestinians not show support for bin Laden. (Full story)

An American Airlines jet landed safely in Chicago on Monday, escorted by two F-16s requested by the pilot after a mentally impaired passenger tried to get in the cockpit, the FBI said. (Full story)

NATO Secretary-General George Robertson announced Monday that five AWACS surveillance planes and their crews would be sent to the United States so that American radar aircraft can be freed up for use elsewhere. (Full story)

The FBI has urged law enforcement agencies across the country to move to their highest state of alert. (Full story)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that the terrorists themselves provoked the military action that is being unleashed against them. Speaking to his Cabinet, Putin said, "This time, I think, they [terrorists] miscalculated."

European Union leaders strongly supported the U.S.-British strikes on the Taliban. (Full story)

Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, denounced Sunday's military action as an attack on the Muslim world. "If the Americans irrationally think that they will benefit from this action, then I think they have made a wrong assumption," he said. Through an interpreter, Zaeef said almost 20 people died in the attack in Kabul, "including women, children and elderly." The United States did not have immediate comment on the Taliban claim.

Mohammed Zahir Shah, the exiled king of Afghanistan, said Monday his principal concern "is the safety, integrity and dignity of the Afghan nation and territory." In a short statement, he stressed that "the Afghan nation must be given the right and opportunity to determine its political future, according to its free will."

A female British journalist captured by Afghanistan's ruling Taliban has been freed. Yvonne Ridley was taken to the Afghanistan border and turned over to Pakistani officials on Monday. (Full story)



 
 
 
 



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