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Publication: Altoona Mirror October 8, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 8, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sterling Marlin captures somber Winston Cup Race / U.S.-led alliance strikes back Missiles and warplanes filled the Afghan sky Sunday evening in a U.S.-British attack on Taliban and al-Qaida installations. Sources reported explosions in at least three cities. The Afghan northern alliance also launched an attack on Taliban forces near Kabul. UZBEKISTAN Strikes TURKM Termez Mazar- e« CHINA Dushanbe O    TAJIKISTAN Fey? abaci Areas controlled by the northern alliance Jalalabad Herat AFGHANISTAN • Farah IRAN Kandahar Taliban military headquarters, airport and al-Qaida housing units. Kabul Reports of explosion^ near airport \ •Quetta Peshawar O Islamabad Explosions heard near Farmada, a bin Laden training camp 0    150    mi 150 km The Boston GlobeAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001    MONDAY,    OCTOBER    8,    2001.    500    newsstandBombs burst over terror targets Now the nation — already shocked, embattled and, often, scared, truly feels at war. From air and sea, from bombers and missiles, the United States responded Sunday to the terrorist attacks of Sept. ll, transforming the brave rhetoric of war into its " dangerous ANALYSIS £tTAnd United States and Britain attacked military targets and terrorist training camps in the remote expanses of Afghanistan, the difficult questions of this new war instantly were transformed from the theoretical to the practical. The first stage of the armed response relatively was modest, deliberately calibrated and plainly calculated for diplomatic and symbolic effect as much as for military utility. The strikes were aimed in part to render the Taliban less able to defend against future air and ground strikes, but they also were designed to make it clear to Osama bin Laden, his allies, accomplices and advocates — and to all those watching, fearfully, around the globe — that the United States is willing to fight for its security. President Bush described the attacks as “another front in a war that has already been joined,” but plainly the engagement of U.S. and British forces takes the conflict to another level, even as it underlines the challenges of prevailing in a struggle against a global network rather than against a nation state. For in the wake of the first strikes, and as the defiance of bin Laden’s videotaped statement bounced around one of the principal fronts of this war—the mass media — it still was unclear how the allies would root out bin Laden, whether his capture or death would end or inspire new terrorism, how the moving parts of world diplomacy would readjust in places such as the Middle East and far-flung Islamic nations from Pakistan to Indonesia. Please see Reality/Page A5 By Da VU) Espo The Associated Press WASHINGTON — American and British forces unleashed punishing air strikes Sunday against military targets and Osama bin I^aden’s training camps inside Afghanistan, aiming at terrorists blamed for the Sept. ll attacks that murdered thousands in New York and Washington. “We will not waver, we will not tire,” said President Bush, speaking from the White House as Tomahawk cruise missiles and bombs found targets halfway around the globe. “We will not falter and we will not fail.” The opening of a sustained campaign dubbed “Enduring Freedom,” the assault was accompanied by airdrops of thousands of vitamin-enriched food rations for needy civilians — and by a ground-based attack by Afghan opposition forces against the ruling Taliban. In a chilling threat, bin leaden vowed defiantly that “neither America nor the people who live in it will dream of security before we live it in Palestine, and not before all the infidel armies leave the land of Muhammad.” That was an apparent reference to Israel and Saudi Arabia. He spoke in a videotaped statement prepared before the attacks, but both he and the leader of the Taliban ruling council of Afghanistan were reported to have survived the initial aerial assault. In a fresh reminder of the potential for renewed terrorist attacks, the FBI said it was urging law enforcement agencies nationwide to “be at the highest level of vigilance and be prepared to respond to any act of terrorism or violence.” Bush gave the final go-ahead for the strike Saturday, less than four weeks after terrorists flew two hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center Twin Towers and a third into the Pentagon. A fourth plane crashed in Somerset County in Pennsylvania after an apparent struggle between passengers and terrorists on board. In addition to the Sept. ll death toll — estimated at more than 5,000 — the attacks dealt a shuddering blow to Americans’ feeling of security and propelled an already weakened economy toward recession. Bush said the military action was “designed to clear the way for sustained, comprehensive and relentless operations” to bring the terrorists to justice. Please see Attacks/Page A5■ U.S., Britain launch wide-ranging I Bush: We defend our precious freedoms ■ Bin Laden calls effort an attack on nighttime attack on sites in Afghanistan. and the freedom of people everywhere. Islam, says America will never be secure. SOURCES: ESRI: Associated Press    AP Questions become reality By David M. Shribman MORE ATTACK COVERAGE ► PAGES A4, A5 INTERNATIONAL REACTION ► PAGE CI U.S., allies launch air attacks Ordnance sit on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise in the northern Indian Ocean Sunday. U.S. and British forces unleashed a punishing air attack against military targets and Osama bin Laden’s training camps in Afghanistan. Below: Bin Laden is seen at an undisclosed location in this TV image broadcast Sunday. Bin Laden made a videotaped statement aired after the strikes. Steelers break in stadium as victors STEELERS IN SPORTS ■ Steelers Jerome Bettis passes the 10,000-yard mark for his career. PAGE Bl ■ Arizona Cardinals slip by Philadelphia Eagles on late touchdown. ■ NFL roundup PAGE B4 By Robert It toe Staff Writer PITTSBURGH — At long last, nearly 62,335 rabid, hard-core Steelers fans got the opportunity to enjoy the Steelers’ home opener at brand-new Heinz Field. Neither the game nor the stadium was a disappointment. Jerome Bettis became the second Steelers running back to rush for more than 10,000 yards with a 153-yard effort, and Kordell Stewart ran for one touchdown as the Steelers stopped the Cincinnati Bengals 16-7. “I think this has already been terrific for the fans,” Steelers President Dan Rooney said. “I hope this new stadium helps us as much as the opening of Three Rivers Stadium did in helping us win four Super Bowls in a very short time.” The Steelers were one of the last NFL teams to open its home season after it Sept. 16 home opener against Cleveland was canceled when the NFL postponed its schedule of games that weekend as a result of the Sept. ll terrorist attacks. The Steelers had an open date the next week, then went on the road to play the Buffalo Bills. To those in attendance at the contest, which set a team attendance record by nearly 800 fans, it was worth the wait. “I think it looks fine,” said Kathi Mohler of Duncansville. “There are a lot more bathrooms here, though there aren’t any tables near the concession areas. But it has a good view of the field, especially from this side with none of those posts that were everywhere in Three Rivers Stadium.” “I love this stadium,” said Rodney Wood, Mansfield. “The atmosphere is great and hey, it’s the Steelers.” Please see Steelers/Page AIQ Mirror photo illustration by Jason Sipes DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 '22910 00050* 4 *    k BIG FOUR 6    9    7    6 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Sunny and cool, 53° ■ Forecast, A2 I Altoona mirror HQT-ADS^om We re white-hot! I’-;' . JESS***\ , [the great combination] Call us today...Make money today. 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Issue Date: October 8, 2001

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