|Allies Strike Back|
Chronology: All time shown below are approximate Eastern Daylight Times.
Friday, March 8, 2002
NOTE: Reports from news sources involving movements or operations of United States military personnel NOT confirmed by named U.S. government officials will be labeled as such.
2:30 pm - Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld announced that "terrible weather" had slowed the U.S.-led assault on holdout al Qaeda and Taliban forces entrenched in the snow-covered mountains of eastern Afghanistan. "The weather is just terrible so that a lot of our air assets are not able to fly. But my guess is that over the coming period of some days ... it will wind down," stated Rumsfeld. [See: Bad Weather Slows U.S. Attack in Afghanistan (Reuters)]
8:30 am - U.S. commanders in Afghanistan reported the al Qaeda and Taliban resistance was weakening as allied forces in Operation Anaconda had taken the high ground and were beginning to shut down enemy supply routes. [See: Al Qaeda Resistance Wanes as U.S. Takes High Ground (Reuters)]
5:00 am - U.S.-led forces reported killing "a large number" of al Qaeda and Taliban in overnight fighting in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. An Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman said that an additional 1000 troops, 10 tanks and more equipment was being sent to the battle from Kabul. The reinforcements will double the number of Afghan troops taking part in the fighting. [See: U.S. Says Many Rebel Casualties in Afghan Battle (Reuters)]