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Pentagon: Some Top Leaders Killed

November 15, 2001

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ U.S. airstrikes on two buildings in Afghanistan killed some senior leaders of the Taliban militia and al-Qaida terrorist network, the Pentagon spokeswoman said Thursday.

``One of our primary objectives over the last few days has been to go after command and control _ Taliban and al-Qaida leadership,″ said Victoria Clarke, spokeswoman for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Speaking with reporters, she said the strikes on buildings near Kabul on Tuesday and Kandahar on Wednesday had resulted in the deaths of senior members of both groups.

``There was some senior leadership. ... No evidence that it was Osama bin Laden,″ she added.

The spokeswoman said she had no numbers or identities of those killed.


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