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banner Wednesday, 24 October, 2001, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Week One October 7-13
Plane on bombing mission
Four weeks after the terror attacks on New York and Washington, the US begins its military campaign against Osama Bin Laden and the Taleban.


Saturday 13 October

US admits hitting civilian target

A group of Kabul residents preparing to leave the city
A group of Kabul residents prepare to leave the city

The Pentagon admits one of its bombs has hit a residential area killing up to four people. It was supposed to hit Kabul airport, a mile away. The Taleban rejects President Bush's offer to halt the bombing if Osama Bin Laden is handed over, saying it is a holy war and they will fight to the last breath..

 The BBC's Ben Brown reports


Friday 12 October

Attacks on hold for day of prayer

An aerial photograph of Herat airfield after it was attacked
A photograph released by the Pentagon showing damage to an airfield at Herat

The US said it was calling off any pre-planned attacks out of respect for the Moslem day of prayer. The Pentagon also released video showing some of its missiles hitting their targets. The Taleban continued to report civilian casualties, saying 300 had been killed.

 The BBC's David Shukman reports


Thursday 11 October

The most intense bombardment

US B2 bomber
US B2 bomber

The US launches a fourth night of military attacks on the Afghan capital Kabul. In what is said to be the most intense bombardment of the campaign so far, the fire power includes the introduction of "bunker busting" bombs.

 The BBC's Bridget Kendall reports


Wednesday 10 October

US claims command of the skies

Washington claims it has wiped out Taleban air defences
Washington claims it has wiped out Taleban air defences

Washington says its destruction of Afghan air defences means it now has complete air supremacy. The Taleban authorities deny their military capability is weakened and say a number of civilians have been killed in the attacks.

 The BBC's James Robbins reports




Tuesday 9 October

UN workers killed by bombing

A UN building is destroyed in the second wave of bombing
A UN building is destroyed in the second wave of bombing
The United Nations has confirmed that four Afghan employees were killed in overnight bombing of the capital Kabul. The four civilians, who worked for a UN-affiliated mine clearing agency, died during the second night of air strikes on Afghanistan.

 The BBC's James Robbins reports



Monday 8 October

US warns of more air strikes

Three major Afghan cities are hit in the 'first wave'
Three major Afghan cities are hit in the 'first wave'
The United States says air strikes against Afghanistan are to continue for several nights. The United Kingdom which took part in the first night of attacks says very considerable damage was done on the targets. The Taleban says at least 20 civilians were killed in the attacks.

 The BBC's James Robbins reports


Sunday 7 October

US begins military action

USS Enterprise in the Arabian Sea
Combat missions are being flown from US aircraft carriers
Waves of attacks by aircraft and cruise missiles fired from submarines hit key towns held by the Taleban. Among the targets were the airport and defence ministry in the capital, Kabul; the airport in the Taleban stronghold, Kandahar; and training camps in the eastern town of Jalalabad.

 The BBC's Stephen Sackur reports

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