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Wednesday, 10 October, 2001, 16:33 GMT 17:33 UK
Summary of targets so far
Pentagon photo of Bin Laden base before an attack...
Pentagon photo of Bin Laden base before an attack...
Pentagon photo of Bin Laden base after an attack
... and afterwards.
US air raids on Afghanistan continued into a fourth night on Wednesday.

Most of the information on what is happening within Afghanistan comes from regional media reports based on local sources, often Taleban officials, contacted by telephone from Pakistan.

There is no way to verify these. By definition, such reports tend to relate to attacks near major population centres.

But the Pentagon on Tuesday produced maps of the first two night's targets which include air defence sites and "terrorist camps" in more remote areas.

One of the first reports on Wednesday night's attacks was of a raid on a Taleban base at Shamshaad, a few miles from Torkham in the Khyber Pass, on the border with Pakistan. Sources said at least five explosions were heard.

Kabul

Parts of the capital have been attacked repeatedly, especially the airport to the north. The centre appears not to have been a target.

Anti-aircraft fire was heard on Wednesday evening as warplanes roared overhead.

Reports spoke of explosions from the airport and to the west of the city, where there are said to be training camps - at Rishkor and Kargha - run by Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.

People in the village of Deh Sabz, 20 miles (32 kms) north of Kabul, said the area was hit by a stray missile on Tuesday night. Several people were hurt and houses were damaged. The village was not known to be close to any military installations.

Wrecked UN office in Kabul
A cruise missile demolished this UN office, killing four staff
According to the United Nations, on Monday night a cruise missile hit a hill about one mile to the west of the city centre with a TV and radio transmitter on it - destroying the office of a UN mine clearance programme and killing four of its staff.

A Pakistan-based news agency said one bomb fell near the city's main, 400-bed hospital.

The Pentagon's maps showed six airfield targets, two air defence sites and four "command and control" positions in the vicinity of Kabul were attacked on Sunday. Another two airfield targets were hit on Monday.

The opposition Northern Alliance in Afghanistan said that American jets bombed Shakardara, about 15 miles (24 kms) north of Kabul, on Tuesday night.

Some reports say this was the first attack on Taleban positions in the front line with the Alliance. But there is also thought to be a military training camp in that vicinity.

Kandahar

The south-eastern city which is the Taleban's stronghold has been hit repeatedly.

Taleban sources said American planes bombed the airport on Wednesday for the third time in 24 hours.

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Witnesses said Monday's attacks also targeted the airport, as well as the military headquarters and homes of al-Qaeda fighters.

The Taleban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, reportedly spoke to military commanders by radio on Tuesday to say he had survived air strikes around his house.

An official at the US defence department said the compound which included Omar's home had been struck because it contained "command and control facilities as well as tunnelling and all kinds of efforts that we believe were legitimate military targets".

A US reconnaissance photo showed damage to what was said to be a surface-to-air missile site near Kandahar.

Maiwand, 44 miles (70 kms) to the west of Kandahar, was also reported hit.

A Pentagon target map appears to show a "terrorist camp" in that vicinity.

And one of the first pictures released by the Pentagon showed extensive damage to a "terrorist camp" named as Garmabak Ghar, near Kandahar. Officials declined to give the precise location.

Jalalabad

Taleban officials in the north-eastern city said their anti-aircraft guns had fired on planes in a third wave of attacks on Tuesday.

The airport was badly hit on Monday and officials said an ammunition dump had been destroyed.

On Monday night an explosion was also heard from the area of Farmada, 12 miles to the south, where there is said to be another Bin Laden training camp.

Camps and also air defence sites are shown in that area on the Pentagon's map of Sunday's targets.

At least three people were wounded in a cruise missile attack, including a Taleban soldier at the airport. The missile caused little damage, Taleban officials said.

They said two other missiles missed their target and landed up to a mile away from the airport, wounding two people, including a 14-year-old.

Mazar-e Sharif

The airfield at this northern town is regarded as strategically important and has been destroyed, according to the opposition Northern Alliance.

Pentagon reconnaissance photo showing damaged runways at Shindand
Pentagon reconnaissance photo showing damaged runways at Shindand
A US official said planes had attacked a concentration of Taleban armoured vehicles in the area on Monday night.

Other reports spoke of raids in or near Konduz to the east of Mazar-e Sharif, Sheberghan to the west, and Herat in the south west of the country - a target again on Tuesday night.

A Pentagon damage photo showed the military airfield at Shindand, in the west of the country, its runways and taxiways pockmarked by bombs.

'Dearth of targets'

On board the US aircraft carrier Enterprise, some planes have been returning from raids with bombs still on their wings.

F/A-18 prepares to launch
Carrier-borne fighter-bombers have found targets limited
Pilots said on Tuesday morning that they had made several direct hits, including a surface-to-air missile storage facility and a training camp.

The admiral of the Enterprise battle group said that, to avoid "collateral damage", the pilots were required to confirm all sites before firing.

The carrier's captain said planes had bombed "a couple" of Afghan aircraft on the ground overnight.

He added: "It's not a real target-rich environment."

But at the Pentagon, Donald Rumsfeld said that when planes were given a task of attacking "emerging targets" and none emerged, it was no surprise they returned with their bombs.

"We're not running out of targets, Afghanistan is," he said.

See also:

08 Oct 01 | South Asia
Taleban refuse to bow to US
09 Oct 01 | Americas
Bush's military countdown
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