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Key Afghan Command Sites Reported Destroyed - 2001-10-07

Reports from the Afghan cities of Kabul, Kandahar and Jalalabad say air attacks, which began late Sunday, have destroyed several key command and control positions near airports.

Eyewitness reports from the city of Kandahar say there was some panic in the city as the attacks began. Kandahar is the home of the Taleban's supreme leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, and many others in the Taleban leadership.

The attacks began late Sunday on Kabul, and later spread to other parts of the country. Taleban authorities on Sunday reportedly moved thousands of troops north to frontlines against the opposition northern alliance.

In Pakistan, several organizations that support the Taleban immediately criticised the attacks. A spokesman for the militant group Harakat-ul-Mujahadeen, which U-S officials recently declared a terrorist organization, denounced the attacks. A number of religious clerics have also criticized the military action.

Pakistan's president, General Pervez Musharraf, is scheduled to address the nation later Monday morning. Over the past several days, General Musharraf has said evidence the United States provided to Pakistan indicated that Osama bin Laden and members of his al-Qaida organization were involved in terrorism.