-- The weather's terrible in the mountains of eastern
Afghanistan, but Operation Anaconda is continuing. U-S and Afghan
forces have stepped up their attacks on holed-up al-Qaida fighters
as snow continues blanketing the area. U-S troops came under fire
again early today in part of the battle site. A U-S official
describes the fighting in that sector as heavy, with "lots of
casualties" among al-Qaida forces.
-- Defense Secretary Rumsfeld is backing off his predictions
that Operation Anaconda could be over this weekend. But he told Fox
News it's still a matter of days, not weeks.
-- One of the American soldiers injured recently in Afghanistan
says the rebel fighters are putting up strong resistance.
Specialist Wayne Stanton says the al-Qaida and Taliban fighters are
using their caves and cubbyholes effectively.
-- Pakistan's president says slain Wall Street Journal reporter
Daniel Pearl was "over inquisitive" and got "over involved" in
pursuing his story. General Pervez Musharraf says the Pearl case
shows the dangers facing journalists.
-- President Bush has announced an additional aid package for
New York City that will bring the total federal assistance to more
than 21 (b) billion dollars.
-- Final rules for distributing money to victims of the
September eleventh attacks will expand the federal fund to cover
more people and give them more money than under draft guidelines
released in December.
ON THE WEB:
-- Executive order establishing tribunals:
-- American Bar Association: http://www.abanet.org/home.html
-- U-S Central Command: http://www.centcom.mil/default.asp
-- Victims Compensation Fund:
-- State Department's Diplomatic Security Service terrorists
-- State Department rewards page:
-- FBI's 10 most wanted page for bin Laden:
TERROR ATTACKS STATISTICS
NEW YORK: 2,830
World Trade Center: City officials say 158 are missing. The
medical examiner's office has issued 753 death certificates. An
additional 1,919 death certificates have been issued without a
body, at the request of victims' families.
Includes all passengers and crew on hijacked planes:
American Airlines Flight 11: 92
United Airlines Flight 175: 65
American Flight 77: 64 passengers and crew
United Flight 93: 44 passengers and crew
As of Thursday, an Associated Press list of September eleventh
victims included 3,021 names. Unlike the official count, the AP
count does not include the 19 hijackers on the four planes. (List
based on data from DOD, coroners, courts, AP foreign bureaus,
companies, families, member newspapers, mortuaries and places of
-- Nothing new.
ON THE WEB:
-- CDC bioterrorism site: http://www.bt.cdc.gov
ANTHRAX STATISTICS (according to C-D-C)
-- Nationwide deaths due to inhalation anthrax: 5
-- Others diagnosed with inhalation anthrax: 11
-- Number diagnosed with skin anthrax: 7
-- Number of U-S cases of inhalation anthrax, past 100 years: 18