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B-52s Pound Front North of Kabul

November 2, 2001

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ Heavy B-52 bombers pounded the front line north of Kabul on Friday in what opposition forces called one of the fiercest bombardments yet, unleashing more than 15 bombs in the space of hours.

American military advisers on the ground in opposition territory appeared to be directing the fire, opposition official Saeed Hussain Anwari said in Gulbahar, on the front.

Plumes of black smoke rose over the Shomali Plain about 30 miles outside the city as the bombs hit.

One of the U.S. munitions apparently was a cluster bomb. Booms from its scores of smaller bombs exploded seconds apart, in concussions that could be heard in the town of Jabal Saraj, about 7 miles away.

Over Kabul, U.S. jets returned to bombing runs after a four-day lull, battering the northern outskirts late Thursday night.

B-52s patrolled the skies over the capital Friday morning, drawing ineffective fire from Taliban artillery gunners about 6 miles below.

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