SLUG: 2-281029 Attacks / Afghanistan / U-S (L)
TITLE=ATTACKS / AFGHAN / U-S (L)
INTRO: In Afghanistan's capital, thousands of people have taken to streets to protest possible U-S military strikes against their country. From neighboring
Pakistan, Ayaz Gul reports.
TEXT: The demonstrators threw stones and ripped the U-S symbol from the abandoned U-S embassy, setting fire to several vehicles at the compound.
Taleban militiamen later brought the fires under control. The U-S Embassy has been abandoned since 1989, well before the Taleban took control of the Afghan capital five years ago.
Wednesday's demonstration was the biggest show of anti-American anger in
Kabul since the United States demanded the Taleban turn over Osama bin Laden - the chief suspect in U-S terror attacks that killed more than six-thousand people.
Witnesses say many of the protesters at the U-S embassy were students from Kabul University. The rally adopted a resolution warning the United States against any attacks on Afghanistan and calling for an independent U-N investigation into the attacks on U-S facilities.
Taleban leaders have refused to hand over Mr. Bin Laden, saying he is innocent of the terrorism charges.
Meanwhile, fighting in northern Afghanistan has intensified since the
United States began beefing up its military forces in the region for possible retaliation against terror suspects.
Taleban ambassador to neighboring Pakistan, Abdul Salam Zaeef says their
forces have retaken a key northern district that they lost to the opposition Northern Alliance earlier this week. The Zair district links Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan with central Afghanistan. It is difficult to confirm the details of the fighting because of a lack of independent observers in the region. (SIGNED)
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