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OCTOBER 1, 2001
President Bush says $6 million in assets has been blocked and 50 bank accounts frozen as countries join the U.S. effort to stop the flow of money to terrorist networks.

New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani tells the United Nations that there is no room for ``neutrality'' in the global fight against terrorism

The anti-Taliban alliance in northern Afghanistan and the former Afghan king agree to convene an emergency council as a first step toward forming a new government. The Taliban, who rule Afghanistan, say the effort will fail.

The USS Kitty Hawk heads to the Arabian Sea, becoming the fourth aircraft carrier dispatched to the region near Afghanistan

City officials say 5,219 people are missing at the World Trade Center, while 344 were confirmed dead and 289 dead were identified.



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OCTOBER 2, 2001
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld prepares for visit to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt and Uzbekistan to talk with leaders about war on terrorism and meet with U.S. troops.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair says Afghanistan's Taliban regime must surrender the terrorists or ``surrender power.'' Taliban again rejects calls to turn over suspected terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

NATO secretary-general says United States has provided its 18 NATO allies with ``clear and compelling'' evidence of bin Laden's involvement in the attacks

Faced with a U.S. economy unsettled by the attacks, Federal Reserve cuts key interest rate by a half-point to a level not seen since 1962.

Authorities say 5,219 people missing at the World Trade Center and 363 confirmed dead. Death tolls unchanged at Pentagon (189) and at Pennsylvania crash site (44). 



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OCTOBER 3, 2001
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrives in Saudi Arabia for meetings with defense minister and other leaders. He also plans to visit Oman, Egypt and Uzbekistan -- key nations in the fight against Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida organization

FBI says passengers aboard United Flight 93 probably saved the lives of people on the ground by rushing their captors. The hijacked plane crashed in Pennsylvania

Bush administration officials say some of the terrorists involved in the attacks also took part in the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen a year ago and the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa.

Authorities say 4,986 people missing at the World Trade Center and 369 confirmed dead. Death tolls unchanged at Pentagon (189) and at Pennsylvania crash site (44). 



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OCTOBER 4, 2001
British government releases a dossier that lists evidence against Osama bin Laden. According to the documents, bin Laden spoke of a "major attack on America'' and warned associates to return to Afghanistan by Sept. 10. Prime Minister Tony Blair says at least three of the 19 hijackers were ``known associates'' of bin Laden

New York City Comptroller Alan Hevesi says the World Trade Center disaster will cost the city's economy as much as $105 billion over the next two years. He said the trade center's destruction cost $6.7 billion; $12 billion was lost in computers and other office equipment; rebuilding the complex will cost $5.3 billion; and the city's economy will lose $11 billion in spending by the thousands of trade center victims.

NATO allies grant United States access to airfields and seaports, agree to deploy ships and radar planes in war on terrorism, Pakistan says there is sufficient evidence to indict bin Laden for the attacks, the strongest such statement from a Muslim country.



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OCTOBER 5, 2001
U.S. Army dispatches 1,000 soldiers to former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan, which borders Afghanistan. The 10th Mountain Division force is the first regular U.S. ground troops acknowledged by the Pentagon to have deployed to Central Asia

Taliban soldiers reportedly take heavy weapons into Afghanistan's mountains to await any American assault.

President Bush urges Congress to pass $60 billion in tax cuts to help revive U.S. economy. Congress has already approved $55 billion in emergency spending for reconstruction and businesses.

Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta orders airlines to strengthen cockpit doors within 30 days. Several, including United and American, already have begun the work.

Coast Guard begins clamping down on ship traffic on the nation's inland waterways, adding gunboats and mandatory inspections.

New York holds first memorial service for the 23 police department employees killed in the World Trade Center attack.

Authorities say 4,986 people remain missing at the World Trade Center and 380 confirmed dead. Death tolls unchanged at Pentagon (189) and at Pennsylvania crash site (44).



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OCTOBER 6, 2001
President Bush warns Afghanistan's ruling Taliban that ``time is running out'' to surrender terrorists and close their operations

Taliban leaders offer to release eight imprisoned foreign aid workers if United States halts ``massive propaganda campaign'' and ensures Afghan people will not be the target of any attack. White House dismisses offer.

Pakistan's military regime orders 89 people working for Islamic relief agencies deported, a move apparently aimed at severing possible links to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network

British Prime Minster Tony Blair and his Indian counterpart call for a stable government in Afghanistan that represents a ``broad base of all ethnic groupings

The last federal rescue crew leaves the World Trade Center



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OCTOBER 7, 2001
Missiles and warplanes rock at least three cities as the United States and Britain launch military strikes in Afghanistan

In a videotaped statement aired after the strikes, Osama bin Laden praises God for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says strikes were designed to eliminate the Taliban's air defenses and destroy their military aircraft. Officials say strikes will last days or longer

Several Muslim leaders in Pakistan call U.S.-Britain military attacks in Afghanistan brutal and unwarranted. Moderate Arab countries are slow to comment.

FBI urges law enforcement agencies nationwide to move to their highest level of alert, Vice President Dick Cheney taken to an undisclosed secure location, security stepped up around the U.S. Capitol and government nuclear weapons labs are placed on higher alert

U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo planes begin dropping food and medical supplies inside Afghanistan to aid displaced Afghan civilians.

France and Canada say they have agreed to President Bush's request to contribute forces, Afghanistan's former king says he recognizes the United States' ``legitimate right'' to pursue those responsible for the attacks but urges that innocents be spared. King Mohammad Zaher Shah has been working to select a new government for Afghanistan.

The Emmy Awards telecast, delayed three weeks by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, is canceled after military strikes begin.

Authorities say 4,979 people remain missing at the World Trade Center and 393 confirmed dead. Death tolls unchanged at Pentagon (189) and at Pennsylvania crash site (44).



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OCTOBER 8, 2001
U.S. forces strike Afghanistan for second night in a row, using bombs and missiles to target military installations of ruling Taliban and al-Qaida network of suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden. No immediate word of results.

Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says 31 targets struck Sunday, including radar, ground forces, al-Qaida infrastructure and aircraft, Taliban says Sunday's attacks missed their mark and claims women and children were among about 20 people killed; bin Laden survived

Thousands riot in Quetta, Pakistan, denouncing United States, lobbing firebombs and praising bin Laden. At least one person is killed. In Gaza Strip, protesters of U.S. air strikes wage gun battle with police. Two people are killed and 50 injured.

FBI steps in to investigate second case of anthrax exposure in Florida following anthrax death of 63-year-old year-old man. Scores of people line up for tests, antibiotics

Federal authorities limit U.S. airline passengers to one carry-on bag and one pocketbook or briefcase each

Authorities say 4,815 people remain missing at the World Trade Center and 417 confirmed dead. Death tolls unchanged at Pentagon (189) and at Pennsylvania crash site (44). 



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OCTOBER 9, 2001
U.S. forces strike Afghanistan for third straight night and in daylight for first time. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he is confident strikes have taken toll on al-Qaida terrorist network and ruling Taliban militia

Taliban says supreme leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden survived. Bin Laden's spokesman calls for a holy war against U.S. interests everywhere and praises hijackers for their ``good deed.''

Air strikes spark violent protests in Pakistan, Gaza Strip and Indonesia

New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani predicts city could lose 100,000 jobs and $1 billion in revenue by July.

Authorities say 4,815 people remain missing at the World Trade Center and 417 confirmed dead. Death tolls unchanged at Pentagon (189) and at Pennsylvania crash site (44).



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OCTOBER 10, 2001
Military forces strike targets in Afghanistan for fourth consecutive night. Taliban says leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and terrorism suspect Osama bin Laden are alive

President Bush unveils list of 22 most-wanted terrorists, including bin Laden and several associates, Bush administration urges caution by media networks in broadcasting prerecorded communications from bin Laden and associates in case they contain coded instructions for fresh strikes

Violent anti-U.S. protests hit Indonesia for third consecutive day. Protesters also march in Karachi, Pakistan

Justice Department plans task force that will handle prosecutions of terrorists and gather information to prevent further attacks, instead of leaving cases to U.S. attorney's offices

U.S. water system operators ask for $5 billion from Congress to protect drinking water and wastewater plants from terrorism.

Federal authorities say a third person in Florida has tested positive for anthrax and a criminal investigation is under way.



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OCTOBER 11, 2001
President Bush holds prime-time news conference at White House, says it may take ''a year or two'' to track down Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network in Afghanistan, but asserted that after a five-day aerial bombardment, ``we've got them on the run.''

Earlier, Bush attended somber ceremony at the Pentagon to mark one-month anniversary of the attacks. Workers in the rubble of the World Trade Center pause to honor the dead.

Military forces bomb Afghanistan's capital in daylight for the first time as U.S.-led airstrikes enter fifth day. Civilians flee Kandahar as strikes target compound linked to followers of Osama bin Laden.

FBI says there may be additional terrorist attacks at unknown targets inside the United States or abroad in the next several days.

Military says an Air Force sergeant killed in equipment accident in Qatar, the first announced American casualty of the war on terrorism. Master Sgt. Evander Earl Andrews died Wednesday.

Bush administration says Saudi Arabia is taking steps to freeze the assets of the al-Qaida terrorism network and is cooperating fully with the United States in countering terrorism

Authorities say 4,776 people missing at the World Trade Center and 384 bodies identified. Death tolls unchanged at Pentagon (189) and at Pennsylvania crash site (44).



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OCTOBER 12, 2001
Airstrikes over Afghanistan drop off sharply, with U.S. allies signaling a slowing in the campaign during weekend Muslim holidays

The government widens its financial dragnet, announcing a freeze of U.S. assets of senior aides to Osama bin Laden and bakeries and honey shops in Yemen accused of fronting for bin Laden's terror network

An NBC News employee has the skin form of anthrax in a case that was detected in tests done after the network received mail containing a suspicious powder. The FBI says authorities "see no connection whatsoever" to the Sept. 11 attack. Of the case, Bush notes: "It's got to cause concern for our country," adding that the government has dispatched law enforcement and health experts. Bush also says the nation "is still in danger" from future attacks by terrorists but vowed that "they will not take this country down."

A Taliban report that 200 villagers were killed in a missile strike this week opens a contentious exchange of claims and counter-claims over civilian casualties from the U.S.-led air campaign against Afghanistan

Attorney General John Ashcroft announces indictment of an Arizona man on charges of giving false statements to the FBI in the terror investigation

Students across the nation take time from their afternoon studies to simultaneously recite the Pledge of Allegiance



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OCTOBER 13, 2001
Taliban reject President Bush's ``second chance'' offer to surrender terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden, the Afghan Embassy in Pakistan says.

Fighter jets pounded the area around Kabul's airport Saturday in a seventh straight day of airstrikes.

In Florida, five more newspaper employees tested positive for exposure to anthrax, but none showed symptoms of infection. And in Nevada, a letter sent to a Microsoft office also tested positive for the bacteria.



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OCTOBER 14, 2001
U.S.-led forces open a second week of air strikes with an assault on the ruling Taliban's military assets and a communications system, The White House rebuffs offer by Afghanistan's Taliban rulers to discuss handing over Osama bin Laden to a third country

Number of people exposed to anthrax grows to 12 with the addition of a police officer and two lab technicians in New York. Nevada officials say four people who may have come into contact with a contaminated letter at a Microsoft office tested negative for anthrax. 

Authorities say the number of people reported missing at the World Trade Center stood Sunday at 4,688, with 450 people confirmed dead and 395 of those identified. Death tolls unchanged at Pentagon (189) and at Pennsylvania crash site (44).



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OCTOBER 15, 2001
President Bush says there may be link between Osama bin Laden and several recent anthrax cases, but no hard evidence. Package opened in Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office tests positive for the germ

Military strikes on Afghanistan reach ninth day. In biggest daylight raids so far, jets hit targets near Kabul and attack military headquarters and suspected terrorist training camp near Jalalabad.

Rescue workers pulled the first body of a New York City cop out of the Ground Zero rubble last night, prompting salutes and tears from colleagues who had waited 33 days to find one of their own, sources said. The remains of the unidentified Emergency Service Unit officer were found at about 7:30 p.m. under a pile of debris that was once Tower 2 of the World Trade Center.

 



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OCTOBER 16, 2001
U.S. strikes set Red Cross warehouses afire near Afghanistan's capital, sending workers scrambling to salvage relief goods. Pentagon acknowledges U.S. bombs accidentally hit the warehouses.

Two U.S. special forces gunships enter the air war for the first time. The low-flying AC-130 gunships rake the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar with cannon and heavy machine gun fire in a pre-dawn raid

FBI probes similarities between anthrax-spiked letters sent to NBC in New York and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Officials conduct tests at ABC offices to try to find source of anthrax that infected a news producer's infant son.

U.N. World Food Program announces it is trying to restore a vital supply route to northern Afghanistan, and Russia's first aid shipment arrives in the region.

Number of people listed as missing at the World Trade Center drops to 4,613, with 456 bodies recovered and 404 of those identified. Death toll remains unchanged at Pentagon (189) and Pennsylvania crash site (44).



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OCTOBER 17, 2001
U.S.-led bombing campaign in Afghanistan reaches 11th day, with jets striking oil depot in Kabul and targeting Taliban stronghold of Kandahar.

U.S. House closed after more than two dozen people in nearby Senate office building test positive for exposure to anthrax. House speaker says germ also found in Senate mailroom in second office building. Authorities say no evidence so far that terrorism is behind anthrax. Hundreds of Senate employees lined up to be tested

A federal health official said preliminary testing indicated the strain of anthrax found in a letter addressed to NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw in New York ``appears to match the strain in Florida,'' where one man has died of anthrax and a second man is hospitalized. It was not yet clear whether the anthrax found in the letter sent to Daschle's office came from the same strain.

Gov. George Pataki's offices in Manhattan test positive for probable presence of anthrax. Offices are evacuated and governor and staff members take antibiotic as a precaution although no one has tested positive for the bacteria



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OCTOBER 18, 2001
U.S. jets attack targets in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul as air campaign enters 12th day. U.S. bombardment involves 80-85 strike aircraft, including about 70 aboard carriers. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says victory in will require putting troops on the ground.

Officials with alliance fighting Afghanistan's Taliban rulers say they are preparing to advance on Kabul.

Four disciples of Osama bin Laden are sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 231 people, including 12 Americans

CBS News says an assistant to CBS News anchorman Dan Rather tested positive for the skin type of anthrax. A Trenton, N.J., postal worker also tests positive for exposure to the disease. The Postal Service and FBI announce a reward of up to $1 million for information on those who have been mailing letters containing anthrax.

Japan approves bill authorizing military to transport weapons and other supplies for U.S.-led war on terrorism

Number of people listed as missing at the World Trade Center is 4,569, with 458 bodies recovered and 408 of those identified. Death toll remains unchanged at Pentagon (189) and Pennsylvania crash site (44).



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OCTOBER 19, 2001
About 100 U.S. commandos carried out a secretive operation in the Taliban stronghold of southern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said. The commandos returned to base after several hours inside the country

A U.S. helicopter supporting the commando raid crashed in neighboring Pakistan, killing two people in the first combat-related American deaths of the military campaign.

Taliban ambassador to Pakistan says Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network and the Taliban have survived airstrikes 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



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OCTOBER 20, 2001
The Defense Department says Friday night raids into Afghanistan were successful and denies Afghani claims they shot down an American helicopter

Authorities find anthrax in a mail processing machine in a House of Representatives office building



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OCTOBER 21, 2001
U.S. warplanes bombard Taliban positions north of Kabul, marking what could be start of a more aggressive campaign on behalf of opposition forces

A District of Columbia postal worker was diagnosed with inhalation anthrax. He was in serious condition at a hospital in Virginia

Pentagon releases names of two Rangers killed in a helicopter crash over the weekend: Spec. Jonn J. Edmunds, 20, of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Pfc. Kristofor T. Stonesifer, 28, of Missoula, Mont

President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin say terrorist attacks have unified their nations, raising hope for agreements on missile defense system and cutting nuclear stockpiles



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OCTOBER 22, 2001
U.S. jets strike Taliban front-line positions as the United States tries to pave the way for the opposition to advance on Kabul and other major cities.

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf says he hopes military operations in Afghanistan would be over by mid-November, when Ramadan begins. Leaders throughout the Muslim world fear a backlash if operations continue against Afghanistan during the Muslim holy month

The Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan, Abdul Salam Zaeef, claims U.S. and British jets attacked a hospital in western Afghanistan, killing more than 100 people. U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld denies that claim and dismisses Taliban statements that two U.S. helicopters were shot down

Authorities say anthrax probably killed two postal workers from a facility that delivers mail to Congress and left two more hospitalized.

Mourners in Arlington, Va., bury the first U.S. military man killed in the campaign against international terror. Air Force Master Sgt. Evander Andrews was killed Oct. 10 in a forklift accident in Qatar



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OCTOBER 23, 2001
U.S. jets struck Taliban front lines and an Osama bin Laden stronghold north of Kabul. After sundown, American jets also returned to Kabul, repeatedly blasting targets on the outskirts of the city. War planes apparently renewed the attack shortly before sunrise.

A small concentration of spores was discovered at an offsite mail processing center for the White House. Final laboratory results confirmed inhalation anthrax as the cause of death of two men who worked at the city's main Brentwood postal facility. A New Jersey postal worker is confirmed to have the state's first case of inhaled anthrax.

In Pakistan, police wielding batons charged about 200 Islamic militants to avert a mass demonstration near an air base being used to support U.S. personnel. More than 140 people were arrested, authorities and witnesses said.

British Secretary of Defense Geoff Hoon said military strikes on Afghanistan have destroyed nine of Osama bin Laden's terrorist training camps and severely damaged nine airfields and 24 military garrisons.



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OCTOBER 24, 2001
Taliban gunners fire missiles at U.S. jets pounding the front line north of Kabul, the heaviest onslaught in four days of attacks. Anti-Taliban fighters say they've killed 35 enemy soldiers in fighting 50 miles south of Mazar-e-Sharif. 

The U.S. House overwhelmingly approves anti-terrorist legislation giving police new search powers, including the ability to secretly search homes, tap phones and track people's use of the Internet

Rear Adm. John Stufflebeem, deputy director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warns U.S. intelligence sources indicate the Taliban might poison relief supplies for Afghanistan people and blame it on the United States

An agreement was reached on a lower price for the government to stockpile the antibiotic Cipro, the most popular anthrax drug. Bayer Corp. will sell 100 million pills at 95 cents each, instead of $1.77 a pill

Eight people lost in the World Trade Center attacks become the first disaster victims identified through DNA. The number of missing at the trade center stands at 4,339. Of the 478 people whose remains have been recovered, 425 have been identified.



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OCTOBER 25, 2001
U.S. jets dive-bomb Taliban positions on the front line north of the Afghan capital. Warplanes later pound Kabul in the strongest attack on the city in days. At least 10 waves of jets streak through the skies in attacks lasting beyond midnight.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan was hurting the Taliban as well as terror suspect Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network, but that finding bin Laden is proving difficult

The Senate sends President Bush legislation giving police new and expanded powers to track, punish and detain suspected terrorists.

An employee at the State Department's mail facility in suburban Virginia is hospitalized with inhalation anthrax. Postal Service says anthrax has been detected on four mail-sorting machines at a Manhattan processing station that handles millions of parcels a day



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OCTOBER 26, 2001
U.S. jets strike a Red Cross compound in Kabul for a second time this month, setting a warehouse filled with humanitarian goods on fire.

 President Bush signs a sweeping anti-terrorism bill into law, giving police and intelligence agencies vast new powers to fight terrorism

A State Department mail supervisor is diagnosed with inhaled anthrax, bringing the total confirmed cases in Washington to six



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OCTOBER 27, 2001
U.S. warplanes stage a daylong assault on Taliban front linesin northern Afghanistan. Britain's Sky News television reports one U.S. missile went awry and struck a village behind anti-Taliban lines

As Pakistan's leader cautions against ``excessive'' civilian deaths in U.S. strikes, armed militants stream toward Afghanistan to fight the United States and block the fabled Silk Road with boulders and mines.

Authorities closed the Princeton, N.J., post office after preliminary tests showed anthrax in a mail bin. Anthrax was found earlier in the regional postal facility in Hamilton, the source of three anthrax-tainted letters sent to New York and Washington



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OCTOBER 28, 2001
The families of people killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack gather for a memorial service in New York filled with prayer and song.

American airstrikes meant to punish the Taliban spill into residential neighborhoods of the Afghan capital, killing 13 civilians -- the second time in as many days that missiles have accidentally hit homes and killed residents.



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OCTOBER 29, 2001
FBI issues a new terrorism warning asking Americans and law enforcement to be on highest alert for possible terrorist attacks this week in the United States and abroad. FBI Director Robert Mueller says the alert was not ``specific as to intended target or intended method.

U.S.-led air campaign in Afghanistan enters its fourth week. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says airstrikes have killed some leaders of the Taliban military and the al-Qaida network, but not the top ones.

Opposition Northern Alliance leaders in Afghanistan say they plan a major offensive to take the city of Mazar-e-Sharif from the Taliban, but need stepped-up American attacks on Taliban defenses.

Supreme Court justices move to an alternate courtroom after weekend tests find evidence of anthrax in the mailroom of the main court building



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OCTOBER 30, 2001
Opposition fighters deploy hundreds of troops near Taliban lines north of Kabul, the first tangible sign of preparations for an assault on the capital.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld acknowledges there are ``modest number'' of U.S. troops inside Afghanistan, aiding anti-Taliban fighters and pinpointing targets for U.S. bombers.

Health officials confirm New York City's first case of inhalation anthrax, a 61-year-old hospital worker in critical condition. Source of anthrax unknown, and case spurs concern that mail is picking up spores at a mail facility. Officials confirm New Jersey's second case of inhaled anthrax, a postal worker who is recovering



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OCTOBER 31, 2001
Heavy bombers go into action over northern Afghanistan, pounding frontline Taliban position; Taliban authorities claim U.S. jets badly damaged a Kandahar hospital but there is no confirmation from the United States

A senior Taliban official says the ruling militia is willing to negotiate an end to the conflict but demands proof of Osama bin Laden's involvement in the Sept. 11 terror attacks

Switzerland blocks 24 bank accounts containing $12 million based on a U.S. list of organizations and individuals suspected of links to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Kathy T. Nguyen, a Vietnamese immigrant working at a New York hospital, becomes the fourth victim to die of inhalation anthrax since the Sept. 11 attacks; her co-worker undergoes tests for a suspicious skin lesion, heightening concern the disease is spreading outside the mail system

A 54-year-old mail handler appears to have skin anthrax in New Jersey's first suspected case outside the Trenton area. The Bellmawr, N.J. facility where he works is closed.



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