Today's Developments, 10/28

Military Action:

• Afghanistan's opposition movement, the Northern Alliance, said Sunday they were trying to improve coordination with U.S. forces to ensure that American air strikes were hitting targets belonging to the ruling Taliban, according to Reuters.

• Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said the Bush administration hasn't ruled out the use of ground troops. He told reporters the war is going as expected, saying "progress has been measurable and the air campaign has been effective."

• U.S. warplanes pounded the Taliban front lines in northern Afghanistan again Sunday, with more civilian casualties on the outskirts of Kabul. Witnesses blamed stray U.S. bombs for the deaths of at least 13 people. 

• British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said "military action may last indefinitely" in Afghanistan. Military commanders agree, saying Britain is in it for the "long haul." 

• U.S. airstrikes have caused many Afghan tribes to defect from the Taliban to the opposition, according to a U.S. naval commander. He estimates defections "in the thousands." 

• Iraq's deputy prime minister said that "it is just a matter of time" before Britain and the U.S. attack his country, and accused the Western allies of trying to remove Saddam Hussein's government under the pretext of a war on terrorism.

• Al Jazeera Television reported that after learning of Sunday's air attacks on villagers, Taliban leader Mullah Omar said "real war with America has not started yet."

• On the Muslim day of prayer, U.S. planes hit Kabul again at midday after an intense night of bombing. A Red Cross compound was reportedly hit for a second time this month.

• Britain said it would commit 200 special forces for possible ground ops in Afghanistan. Another 400 were on standby in Britain.

• A senior U.S. military officer insists the campaign in Afghanistan is not "getting bogged down."


• Terrorists stormed a Christian church service in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, Sunday morning and went on a rampage, killing 16 people and gravely wounding five. President General Pervez Musharraf expressed deep shock and sorrow over the killing of innocent people, condemning the attacks. Witnesses said six men armed with automatic weapons and bags full of ammunition stormed the 9 a.m. service at St. Dominic Church, where 45 to 50 were in attendance, and sprayed bullets into the congregation.

• Afghan opposition fighters mourned the loss of a key leader -- without a body for burial. Afghanistan's Taliban rulers have buried opposition leader Abdul Haq, who was hanged Friday by Taliban forces.

• Fox Israel confirmed that two Palestinian men opened fire in the center of Hadera as they drove through in a car, killing three Israelis and seriously injuring four others. The two men in the car were shot and killed by undercover police at the scene.

• Three people were killed and 18 wounded on Sunday when a bomb exploded on a bus in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta, police said.

• In a drive-by shooting, Palestinian gunmen gunned down an Israeli waiting at a bus stop on Sunday near Israel's border with the West Bank, Israeli security officials said. The man was killed.

• A former Afghan guerilla leader was executed by the Taliban after being accused of spying for the United States and Britain.

• Anti-U.S. protesters demonstrated peacefully in Pakistan by tens of thousands of people. They marched in Karachi to protest strikes on Afghanistan. 

The Anthrax Scare:

• The Centers for Disease Control and prevention confirmed that a female New Jersey postal worker has inhalation anthrax, the most serious form of the disease that has claimed three lives and prompted thousands to take antibiotics.

• A union threatens to sue the U.S. Postal Service under an environmental law, to force the closure of a New York mail site contaminated with anthrax. 

 • A Florida postal workers union official is calling for the closure of postal facilities in all states where anthrax has been found. 

 • Supreme Court officials said there's no evidence that the court building has been contaminated with anthrax. However, anthrax was found on a filter at a warehouse that screens mail headed to the court. 

 • The mayor of Washington and the U.S. postmaster general have joined mourners at the funeral of one of the two Washington postal workers killed by anthrax. President Bush says they died in the front line in the war on terror. 

 • Some conflicting reports about how many people didn't go to work today at a New York City mail processing center. It remains open even though the anthrax bacteria was found on several machines. 

• Sources say a second worker at the State Department's main mail center hasn't contracted anthrax. The worker had been tested for flu-like symptoms. 

•  The White House says the anthrax sent to Capitol Hill could have been produced by any Ph.D. microbiologist in a well-equipped lab.

The Home Front:

• The families of people killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack gathered for a memorial service in New York filled with prayer and song. Thousands of mourners rose from their chairs as Police Officer Daniel Rodriguez opened the service with "The Star-Spangled Banner." Cardinal Edward Egan delivered the invocation, standing at a podium draped in black.

• Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the Minnesota statehouse Saturday to protest the military response to the September attacks. Similar events took place in a number of U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and New York

• President Bush signed a new anti-terrorism law, promising vigorous enforcement. He said the measure gives police and the FBI weapons they need to fight the "modern terrorist." 

• Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered federal prosecutors to use new anti-terrorism powers to track down terrorists by intercepting their Internet and telephone communications and financial transactions

• Rumsfeld insisted the United States "will get" Usama bin Laden, wherever he might be. 

• Round-the-clock cleanup efforts at the World Trade Center site will be scaled back as winter approaches, but officials said they still expected to have the debris cleared within a year.

• First lady Laura Bush encouraged some college students who lost their fathers in the terror attacks to keep going to school. 

• The air around the World Trade Center is showing evidence of poisonous chemicals and metals.

• World Trade Center: City officials say 4,167 are missing and 454 bodies have been identified. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.