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Developments in Attacks Probe

October 20, 2001

Developments Friday related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:

_ U.S. ground forces operate in Afghanistan, opening a new phase of the war on terrorism after nearly two weeks of fierce airstrikes.

_ Refugees stream toward Afghanistan’s borders by the thousands, taking advantage of an easing in airstrikes to escape Kandahar.

_ Taliban ambassador to Pakistan says Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network and the Taliban have survived air strikes without a single casualty in leadership and disputes claims of defections.

_ President Bush urges wavering Asian nations to stand up to terrorists. Chinese President Jiang Zemin declares support, but says war on terrorism should have clearly defined targets and avoid innocent casualties.

_ Germany issues arrest warrant for Moroccan suspected of helping plot the attacks, saying he was part of the same Hamburg cell that included three hijackers.

_ The U.S. Customs Service charges two men with smuggling $140,763 cash aboard airlines in boxes containing honey destined for Yemen, a suspected base of bin Laden’s network.

_ U.S. officials charge a college student with lying about his relationship to two suspected hijackers.

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