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Tuesday, 20 November, 2001, 08:52 GMT
Your questions on the war
Eive Tungstedt from Stockholm, Sweden, asks:

Is anything known about size of Taleban ammunition stock or sources of ammunition supply? For how long are the Taleban expected to be able feed their soldiers?

The BBC's defence correspondent Paul Adams writes:

Hard to know what the levels of ammunition were before the American bombing began. There is certainly no shortage of small arms ammunition: the place is swimming in Kalashnikovs and the bullets they use. And fighting in recent weeks has not been that intense, with a few, brief exceptions.

As for heavier equipment, the Taleban / al-Qaeda were thought to have some ageing Soviet-era tanks and planes, a fair bit of artillery and anti-aircraft systems (including some surface-to-air missiles).


Most of the Taleban's heavy armoury has been destroyed

Much of that has been destroyed - including things that were probably barely serviceable in the first place.

There have been almost no reports of significant firre being directed at coalition planes - we did see one missile being fired at an American jet, and missing. Much of the anti-aircraft fire we've seen on our TV screens has been ineffectual.

Food problems

Food is a problem for everyone in Afghanistan and evidence from reporters who crossed the front lines north of Kabul yesterday suggested that Taleban soldiers were on fairly meagre rations.

More important, perhaps, is that their lines of communication have been shattered, which probably means that soldiers on one front have no idea at all what soldiers elsewhere are doing. Without even the most rudimentary command and control, it's unlikely the Taleban can hold out much longer.

One point to remember though: al-Qaeda is a smaller, better motivated force and it's very hard to tell what damage has yet been inflicted on their fighters. This military business is not over.

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