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U.S. Set for Retaliation Operation against Afghanistan

Posted September. 15, 2001 08:36,   


The U.S. sources reported yesterday that the U.S. government is now preparing a massive retaliation operation against the Taliban government of Afghanistan, which was allegedly protected and supported Osama bin Laden who the U.S. pointed as the wire-puller of the terrorist activities in New York and Washington.

The military experts, according to the New York Times, said that the ultimate target of this operation would be overthrowing of the Taliban government by occupying Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, rather than retaliating against Bin Laden.

Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense declared that ``the goal of the military operation is not to arrest and punish the terrorists rather to erase the supportive groups or nations that provide refuges to the terrorists.``

A high official of the U.S. government remarked that the retaliation operation of the U.S. against the worst terror in history would be only the starting point of anti-terrorism war to punish the terrorist activities in the world that would last years from now on.

An anonymous high official stated, ``one or two military operation would not disable the terrorism. [the U.S.] will invest for years if it is necessary.``

The Department of State will send Richard Amitage the U.S. deputy secretary of State to Russia today to discuss the utilization of the Russian military bases and the mobilization of the Russian troops in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

According to the New York Times, Mr. Amitage will share the information about the location of bin Laden and the armed organizations with Russia.

The U.S. is now on the process of in depth negotiation with Pakistan about the passage of its territory and the use of airport for the U.S. military operation.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military in Europe and the Indian Ocean has got ready to carry out the attack operation and the U.S. Congress assigned 40 billion dollars for the `War against Terror`.

The U.S. government went on a war regime by moving the office of Vice President Dick Chaney to the Camp David the Presidential villa in Maryland.

George W. Bush is reviewing the proposal from the Department of Defense to call the State Guard and the National Reserve to support the pending military operation.

Colin Powell the Secretary of State pointed out Bin Laden as the wire-puller of this terror at the press conference. This is the first official remark that the U.S. government high officials pinpointed Bin Laden as the wire-puller of this incident.

Hong Seong-Chul sungchul@donga.com