The UK Ministry of Defense refuses to discuss reports that a Special Air Service (SAS) Reconnaisance Unit disturbed Taliban soldiers a few miles from Kabul and exchanged fire with them.

The Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Times are reporting that a four man SAS unit escaped unhurt after the clash. Both papers are also reporting that the SAS has been in Afghanistan for five days and has already linked up with the Northern Alliance.

A Royal Navy fleet of 13 ships has passed through the Suez Canal. Meanwhile, US military planes have landed in Uzbekistan on Afghanistan’s northern border, and both countries are massing air and sea power in the region.

In a separate story, Taliban leaders have said that Osama bin Laden is ‘missing.’ They claim that they have been attempting to deliver a letter to him asking him to leave the country, but have been unable to find him.

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