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After Taliban Abandon Afghanistan's Cities, Will U.S. Be Drawn into a ...

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Retired Rear Admiral Eugene Carroll of the Center for Defense Information, who assesses the quick turn of events in Afghanistan and how this may affect the U.S. goal of capturing Osama bin Laden and dismantling his Al Qaeda terror network believed to be responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks.
After Taliban Abandon Afghanistan's Cities, Will U.S. Be Drawn into a Protracted Guerilla War?
Interview by Between the Lines' Scott Harris.

After four weeks of relentless bombing of Taliban government targets by U.S. planes and missiles, the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance advanced at a rapid pace, taking over the key cities of Mazar-e-Sharif, Harat and finally the capital city of Kabul. Although the Taliban described their change in fortune as a strategic retreat, U.S. government and Pentagon officials expressed delight and surprise at their allies' rapid march south. Many observers warn that the Taliban may be abandoning the cities in order to prepare for what could be a brutal guerilla war.

In capturing Kabul, the Northern Alliance disregarded their agreement to remain outside the capital city until the U.S. could hammer out a plan to establish a stable post-Taliban government that was inclusive of all of Afghanistan's competing ethnic groups. As the U.S.-backed force overtook fleeing Taliban soldiers, there were many press accounts of executions, torture and looting by Northern Alliance militia.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Retired Rear Admiral Eugene Carroll of the Center for Defense Information, who assesses the quick turn of events in Afghanistan and how this may affect the U.S. goal of capturing Osama bin Laden and dismantling his Al Qaeda terror network believed to be responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.(A RealAudioVersion of this interview may be found At www.btlonline.org) .

Contact the Center for Defense Information by calling (202) 332-0600 or visit their Web site at www.cdi.org

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