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Fighters from the opposition Northern Alliance have made strategic advances in the mountainous regions of north Afghanistan

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As American and British forces continued a military buildup around Afghanistan, the war against terrorism broadened across several fronts — from high finance and diplomacy to the shadowy world of espionage and psychological warfare. The immediate aim was to pinpoint the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, Washington's prime suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks. His presumed protectors, Afghanistan's Taliban rulers, played for time by issuing a clerical edict urging the al-Qaeda leader to flee. But their refusal to hand him over, despite last-minute representations by Pakistan, made stronger international action all but...

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