President Bush has announced that air strikes have begun against targets in Afghanistan. Explosions are being heard in Kabul, Kandahar and Jalalabad, and appear to be concentrating on Taliban and al-Qa’ida installations, and communications and power systems.
The electricity was off in most of the country until approximately 10:00PM Sunday Afghan time, when electricity returned in some areas of Kabul.
It is believed that both US and British forces are involved. Military sources are saying that we are ‘going downtown,’ slang for a heavy attack. (Ed. Note: If 40-50 aircraft are all that are in use, the attack is not all that heavy, but rather involves very precise targeting.)
The US first wave involved cruise missiles, followed by B-52 and B-1 bombers. F-14 ‘Bombcats’ were delivering high-precision glide bombs into urban areas. These bombs are highly accurate and capable of penetrating hardened bunkers.
British Tornados are flying off the aircraft carrier Illustrious. The British base at Diego Garcia is also in use, as are missile-firing submarines.
The President also warned that retaliation is probable, and that US security, intelligence and police forces are on high alert.
It is believed that humanitarian airdrops to Afghan refugees will begin shortly.
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