Today's Developments, 10/8

Military Action: 

• A second wave of attacks on terrorist targets inside Afghanistan began Monday night Kabul time. 

• Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Sunday's rounds of strikes in Afghanistan hit between two and three dozen "typical military targets." He dismissed Taliban claims that civilian areas were hit, adding that the Taliban's air force never made it "off the runway." 

• Admiral Michael Boyce, British defense chief of staff, said 30 targets were attacked in Afghanistan. Boyce said three targets were in Kabul, four were near other inhabited areas and the other 23 were in remote, uninhabited areas. Fifteen bombers, 25 other aircraft and 50 cruise missiles were used. 

• The Afghan news agency said that a Taliban emergency cabinet meeting ended with no change in policy on Usama bin Laden and support for the clerical declaration of holy war in case of attack. 

• The U.S. warned the U.N. Security council Monday that it may have to launch military strikes on other countries and groups beyond Afghanistan and bin Laden's Al Qaeda network. 

• An Air Force spokesman said two military cargo planes successfully dropped food, medicine and other humanitarian aid to starving Afghans, including some 37,000 meals. 

• A Pentagon official said the U.S. also will conduct secret operations inside Afghanistan, an apparent reference to the use of special-operations ground forces. Such units from both the U.S. and Britain, and possibly also from Germany and Russia, were believed to already be in country at the end of last week. 

• The Taliban said Monday that detained British journalist Yvonne Ridley had been released and was being escorted from Kabul to the Pakistani border. 

• Abdullah, foreign minister of Afghanistan's opposition Northern Alliance, said Monday that Anglo-American strikes against Taliban targets had seriously damaged anti-aircraft defenses. He said a Northern Alliance assault on Kabul was "possible" within one week. 

• Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and Usama bin Laden survived the attacks, The Associated Press reported.

• Before the attacks began, Washington rejected an offer by the Taliban rulers to "take steps" to release two American and six other foreign aid workers on trial for allegedly preaching Christianity if the U.S. halted what the Taliban called its "massive propaganda campaign." 


• British officials said Prime Minister Tony Blair would appear Monday on Qatar's al-Jazeera satellite television news channel, widely watched in the Arab world, to drive home his message that Britain and the U.S. were not leading a crusade against Islam. 

• Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf purged the military of top officials thought to be sympathetic to the Taliban and Islamic militants, one day after Musharraf's three-year term as army chief of staff was extended to give him time to restore democracy. 

• Pakistani police clashed with pro-Taliban demonstrators in the city of Quetta Monday, killing one and injuring 17. Rioters set fire to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) building in Quetta. 

• Palestinian police killed two demonstrators in a pro-bin Laden demonstration Monday. Thousands were in attendance at the Gaza event called by the Islamic militant group Hamas. This is the first time Palestinians have been killed by their own security forces since the start of the anti-Israel revolt more than a year ago. 

• The U.N. Security Council will meet today at the request of the U.S. and Britain to discuss yesterday's air strikes. 

• The State Department issued a "worldwide caution" warning of "strong anti-American sentiment and retaliatory actions against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world." 

• German authorities have increased patrols around U.S. installations and businesses, and around synagogues, mosques and other Jewish and Islamic buildings. 

• Pakistan, Russia, Israel, and Japan issued statements backing the U.S.-U.K. airstrikes, while China gave its conditional support but hoped that there would be no civilian casualties. 

• Iran called the attacks "unacceptable" and repeated that American and British planes may not use Iranian airspace. Iraq also protested. 

• Pakistani Muslim leaders denounced the U.S.-U.K. attacks and asked Muslims to rally to the cause of their "Afghan brothers." 


• French police on Sunday detained four Muslim fundamentalists suspected of involvement in a support network for Islamic insurgents in Algeria. 

• Authorities in Norway raided four Somali aid groups Sunday and arrested seven people on suspicion of laundering money for terrorist groups. 

• A former French Defense Ministry official says he believes police have found a notebook belonging to a suspected member of a terrorist group containing codes that could be used to decipher messages within Usama bin Laden's network. 


• Stocks fluctuated on Monday as Wall Street braced for the worst corporate earnings season in a decade amid investor worries about the cost and duration of U.S. air strikes against Afghanistan.

• Gasoline prices fell by nearly eleven cents per gallon in the past two weeks, to an average of $1.43. Analysts think the bombing of Afghanistan might send prices higher. 

• Morgan Stanley said Monday it would sell a new 32-story midtown Manhattan office tower to the rival securities firm Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., becoming one of the first Wall Street firms to unload a large piece of real estate after September's attacks. 

The Home Front: 

• The FBI is investigating the possibility that anthrax bacteria found in two Florida men is a result of terrorism, Attorney General John Ashcroft said Monday.

• Tom Ridge, governor of Pennsylvania until a few days ago, was sworn in as director of the Office of Homeland Security as President Bush watched. 

• The FBI urged law enforcement nationwide to move to the highest level of alert. Authorities were concerned about the possibility of additional terrorist attacks, but said they have received no specific threats. 

• The Coast Guard went on a high state of alert at more than 300 U.S. ports. A spokesman said ships now are required to give 96 hours' notice before entering port. 

• NATO AWACS surveillance planes began patrolling over U.S. skies to scout for terrorist activity. 

• Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta ordered airlines to strengthen cockpit doors within 30 days. Several, including United and American, have already started. 

• Starting Monday, United Airlines will restrict carry-on items to one bag per person, plus one personal item such as a briefcase or pocketbook. 

• Commuters will no longer find trash cans and recycling bins in certain areas of Washington's Metro subway system. The receptacles between Metrorail fare gates and station platforms will no longer be allowed for security purposes. 

• The United States is dramatically ramping up intelligence operations as part of its war on terrorism, with officials warning lawmakers that another major attack on U.S. targets appears highly likely. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report