FILE PHOTO OF TALIBAN MILITIA HOLDING STINGER MISSILES.
Taliban militiamen hold U.S.-made Stinger surface-to-air missiles as
they pass close to a hijacked Indian Airlines plane at Kandahar airport
in southern Afghanistan December 30, 1999. U.S. President George W.
Bush said October 7, 2001 that the United States and Britain had begun
strikes against military installations of Afghanistan's ruling Taliban
and training camps of Islamic militant Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda
network. The attacks followed the Taliban's refusal to turn over bin
Laden, suspected of masterminding the September 11 attacks on the
United States. U.S. officials said the attacks included cruise missile
strikes and were launched against Taliban military positions in both
the capital Kabul and the southern city of Kandahar.