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|Blair Targets Taliban
- Afghan regime in firing line for failure to hand over bin Laden
THE CAMPAIGN to bring Osama bin Laden to justice will officially mutate into a war against Afghanistan this afternoon when Prime Minister Tony Blair makes a key note speech to the Labour Party conference.
Copies of Blair's speech have been circulated to the media. They reveal the PM, and by implication US President George Bush, has made toppling the notorious Taliban regime as the prime aim of upcoming military action.
Blair is to say that after giving the Taliban three weeks to hand over bin Laden, time has now run out for the Afghan government and there will be a "targeted and proportionate" response to the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington DC. Bin Laden is the prime suspect for organising the suicide attacks, though no evidence has been revealed to back up such accusations.
Details of what that military action might be are still sketchy, with information carefully controlled by government agencies. The level of propaganda being pumped out is illustrated by yesterdays extraordinary claim by American spokespeople said there would equal numbers of leaflets as bombs dropped on Afghanistan.