Events at a Glance
The opposition Northern Alliance forces claimed to have captured the key northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, sending Taliban forces fleeing in a conquest that would mark the biggest victory in the monthlong war in Afghanistan.
The FBI increasingly believes that the person behind the recent anthrax attacks is a lone wolf within the United States who has no links to terrorist groups but is an “opportunist” using the Sept. 11 hijackings to vent his rage.
President Bush moved to improve aviation security, ordering that more than 2,000 additional National Guard troops be stationed at airports nationwide during the holiday travel season.
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft’s decision under emergency procedures to permit federal prison officials to eavesdrop on conversations between selected inmates and their lawyers has heightened fears among civil libertarians and some Senate Democrats that basic constitutional rights are being pushed aside in the war against terrorism.