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Afghanistan: U.S. Strikes Taliban Front Lines At Kabul

Kabul, 21 October 2001 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. planes today launched their heaviest attack to date on Taliban frontline positions north of Kabul. Three weeks of U.S.-led air strikes have included atacks on Taliban postions north of Kabul only during the last few days.

In northern Afghanistan, Northern Alliance General Baryalai said today that U.S. military advisors have met with the top anti-Taliban commander in northern Afghanistan -- General Abdul Rashid Dostum.

General Baryalai said the U.S. troops left after giving advice about Taliban positions at Mazar-i-Sharif as opposition troops prepare for an assault on the city.

The Taliban say today that Osama bin Laden and members of his Al-Qaeda group are still living safely in Afghanistan. The Taliban is distributing heavy weapons to villages and towns for defense against U.S. raids.