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Divided loyalties
Governments, particularly in the west, have been supportive of US military action. But there have been anti-US demonstrations in many Moslem countries.


Saturday 3 November


Bin Laden denounces Arab 'infidels'

Osama Bin Laden in a recorded video address coutesy of Al-Jazeera television

The UK and the US dismiss the latest recorded video message by Osama Bin Laden, in which he calls on Muslims to defend their religion and the Afghan people in a holy war with Christianity. The White House says the comments are "an act of desperation". The US Defense Secretary meanwhile continues a tour of countries neighbouring Afghanistan.

 The BBC's Emil Petrie reports



Thursday 1st November

Blair in Middle East peace mission

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and British PM Tony Blair
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and British PM Tony Blair
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair toured Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan and Israel in a whistle stop tour. He finished in Gaza, for talks with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. He earlier called on Israel and the Palestinians to stop the cycle of bloodshed in the Middle East.

 The BBC's Jim Fish reports


Saturday 13th October

Peace movements stage marches

Around 5,000 people protesting outside the Swiss Parliament building in Berne
Around 5,000 people took part in a peace protest in Switzerland
Opinion polls in western countries show large majorities in favour of military action. But the first significant peace protests since the start of air strikes drew more support than expected. At least 20,000 people took part in a march in London; there were similar demonstrations in Germany and across Europe.

London Peace march
 The BBC's Daniel Boettcher reports
 Views from some of the protesters

Berlin Peace march
 The BBC's Fiona Werge reports


Wednesday 10th October

Islamic warning over attacks

Foreign ministers from Islamic countries discuss the US attacks
Foreign ministers from Islamic countries discuss the US attacks
The world's largest Muslim body has condemned the suicide attacks on the United States, but said the US-led military response in Afghanistan must be carefully targeted to avoid civilian casualties. Foreign ministers from the 56-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) discussed the US action at an emergency meeting in Qatar.

 The BBC's Jeremy Cooke reports


Monday 8th October

Mass protests in Pakistan

Thousands protest on the streets of Pakistan
Thousands protest on the streets of Pakistan
Thousands of Pakistanis have taken part in protests in cities across the country. President Pervez Musharraf tried to reassure the people that the military action in Afghanistan would be "short" and "targeted". But even as General Musharraf held his first news conference, the first protests were erupting in Quetta and Peshawar close to the Afghan border.

Angry Pakistanis riot as air strikes begin
 The BBC's Kim Barnes reports

Mass protests follow Friday prayers
 The BBC's Matt Frei reports


Saturday 22nd September

The West unites behind the attacks

President Chirac of France
President Chirac of France
Western leaders express their support for the US and British military strikes against targets in Afghanistan. The European Union said the Taleban and Osama Bin Laden were "facing the consequences of their action".

 The BBC's Gillian Ni Cheallaigh reports

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