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Afghanistan: Opposition Wants To Attack Taliban With U.S. Help

Dushanbe, 20 September 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Afghanistan's opposition Northern Alliance says the time is right for it to attack the country's ruling Taliban -- if it can coordinate its action first with the United States. Alliance military official Soleh Muhammad Registani made the remark in an interview with Reuters in Dushanbe. He spoke before Afghan clerics issued a resolution asking suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden to leave their country.

Registani said the Alliance has a good opportunity to attack as the Taliban are worried about retaliatory strikes from the United States in the wake of last week's terror attacks. Bin Laden has been named by the U.S. as being the prime suspect in those attacks.

The Alliance's government, led by Burhanuddin Rabbani, is recognized by the UN and nearly all world governments.