Today's Developments, 10/11

Military Action:

•   Hours after the first daylight attack on the area around Kabul, U.S. planes returned to work in the night skies. Several strong explosions were heard in the east of Kabul near the Taliban military academy and in the area of the Taliban stronghold Kandahar.

• Operation Enduring Freedom saw its first American fatality. Military officials said Air Force Sergeant Evander Andrews was killed in a forklift accident in Qatar.

• Over 140 people were killed during U.S. raids on Afghanistan in the last 24 hours, including dozens in one strike on a village near Jalalabad, the Afghan Islamic Press reported.

• U.S.-led air strikes hit 40 Taliban targets in four days of bombing in a military campaign in Afghanistan expected to last at least a year, British defense officials said.


• President Bush said he's willing to give Afghanistan's Taliban rulers another chance to surrender Usama bin Laden. Bush said the U.S. will reconsider what it's doing if the Taliban "cough him up."

• Bush asked America's children to help the children of Afghanistan. He ended his first prime-time news conference Thursday night by asking every child in America to send a dollar to a special fund that will get food and medicine to children in Afghanistan. Bush said one in three Afghan children is an orphan, and almost half are malnourished. Money can be sent to "America's Fund for Afghan Children" at the White House.

• Afghanistan's former king was pushing ahead with plans for a gathering of tribal leaders to select a new head of state. An aide said no date has been set, but former King Mohammad Zaher Shah was working to convene the assembly in the Afghan capital if a cease-fire could be secured.

• Iraq said it has been warned by the United States to expect a "crushing" reply if it tries to exploit any instability following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

• Thousands of Muslim students and activists took to the streets in eight Indonesian cities on the fourth day of protests against U.S.-led airstrikes in Afghanistan.

• The shooting death of a Canadian and the wounding of his Filipina companion in Kuwait appears to have been a preplanned attack possibly linked to U.S.-led strikes on Afghanistan, Western diplomats and officials said.

• The head of the Taliban opposition said his small forces remain the key to defeating the Taliban, even as international forces unleashed their military might in Afghanistan.

• The Taliban envoy to Pakistan said, "When the Americans enter Afghanistan, here will start the real war."

• Some 500 conservative Iranian students staged an all-night vigil in front of the United Nations' headquarters in Tehran to protest U.S.-led air strikes on Afghanistan, witnesses said.

•  A Saudi prince gave New York City a $10 million check for relief efforts and called the Sept. 11 attacks "a tremendous crime." But in a statement distributed by an aide, he criticized American policies and said that certain U.S. foreign policy questions need to be addressed.

• French President Jacques Chirac defended a French reporter arrested by the Taliban and accused of spying after entering Afghanistan disguised as a woman.

• Pakistan's largest Islamic party said it would launch a campaign to force the military government either to revise its support for U.S.-led attacks on neighboring Afghanistan or give up power.


• The Senate gave the Bush administration a major victory by giving law enforcement new powers in the fight against terrorism. The Senate's new anti-terror bill expands the FBI's wiretapping authority, allowing it to keep tabs on an individual and not just a specific phone.

• FBI investigators and health officials searched a Florida office building in a criminal investigation into how the building was contaminated with anthrax. The third person found to have been exposed was being treated with antibiotics and health officials said she wasn't showing any flu-like symptoms.

• A published report said some of the hijackers in last month's terror attacks took so-called "scouting flights" before Sept. 11. The Boston Globe quoted an unnamed senior law enforcement official and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts as saying the test runs were made from "various points, including Boston."

• German police said they were investigating several suspicious envelopes found in mailboxes in case they contained deadly germs.

• Federal officials said they have launched a criminal investigation into the source of anthrax contamination at a supermarket tabloid after learning a third employee was exposed.

• An Algerian pilot who British prosecutors said provided flight training for terrorists in the Sept. 11 attacks was indicted by a grand jury in Arizona on charges of making false statements on documents for his pilot's license.

• The U.S. government said that at least nine of the 19 hijackers were in the United States legally at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks.

• One of the hijacking suspects who crashed a plane into the Pentagon took intensive English classes and briefly attended flight school in the San Francisco Bay area in 1996.


• Stocks rallied, erasing their loss in the month since the deadly Sept. 11 attacks, as positive earnings from companies like General Electric Co. sparked hopes for better days ahead in an otherwise dismal earnings season.

• The average number of newly laid-off workers over the past month hit a 10-year high and consumers retrenched as the terror attacks damaged the teetering economy.

The Home Front:

• In his first prime-time news conference, President Bush said bin Laden and his associates are "on the run"' after five days of punishing airstrikes on their Afghanistan hiding place. Bush said he wants bin Laden "brought to justice" for the Sept. 11 attacks. But the president told the news conference it could take "a year or two."

• Bush said he hopes that an FBI warning of more possible terrorist attacks is "the last" such warning. But he said "given the attitude of the evildoers, it may not be." The FBI said it had received information there may be terrorist attacks inside the United States or abroad in the next several days.

• Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said U.S. airstrikes were targeting leaders of the Al Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban government that is harboring them in Afghanistan.

• Bush attended a memorial service at the Pentagon for the 189 victims of the attack there a month ago. Thursday evening, he was scheduled to attend a prime-time news conference in the White House East Room.

• Attorney General John Ashcroft said Americans should act as if another wave of terrorism could come at any time.

• Democratic mayoral hopefuls Mark Green and Fernando Ferrer made last-minute appeals to voters as they headed into New York City's first mayoral runoff in 24 years, a race that took a drastic shift after the terrorist attacks.


• One month after the Sept. 11 attacks, officials announced that 5,451 people were killed or still missing and presumed dead. The figure included bodies found but not yet identified. The number of those reported missing in the New York attacks was 4,776, Mayor Giuliani said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.