Northern Alliance forces said they had captured northern Samangan province bordering Tajikistan after Taliban withdrew almost without a fight. Mohammad Ashraf Nadeem, spokesman for commander Atta Mohammad, said the resistance troops were chasing the Taliban into Baghlan province to the Southeast. Susequent reports said that anti-Taliban forces quickly seized three northern provincial capitals: Shibarghan in Jozjan province, Aybak in Samangan province and Maimana in Faryab province. Taking Aybak would cut the main escape route for Taliban soldiers withdrawing from Mazar-e-Sharif to Kabul. Gen. Dostum's troops were advancing on western Badghis in a move that would allow him to join his troops with those of Ismail Khan, a mujahedeen general leading a separate rebellion near Herat.
Speaking to Hamid Mir, the editor of the Pakistani periodical Ausaf, at a location near Kabul, Osama bin Laden has told Dawn that "we have chemical and nuclear weapons as a deterrent and if America used them against us we reserve the right to use them".
The Israeli army arrested 12 Palestinians in an overnight raid into autonomous Palestinian territory in the northern West Bank. Palestinian security sources said those arrested included a policeman and a member of the intelligence services. One Palestinian was wounded during the raid. In France, five Algerian Islamists belonging to one of Osama bin Laden's groups were arrested in Strasbourg for preparing attacks on targets including the cathedral. Neutral Switzerland has agreed to allow U.S. planes with humanitarian goods bound for Afghanistan to fly over its territory -- but not those involved in the military operation. The Arab world must be prepared to offer a collective guarantee of Israel’s security and integration into the Middle East in return for the setting up of a Palestinian state, King Abdullah of Jordan told The Times of London.
President Bush comes to New York under super-tight security to lay out the "Bush Doctrine" at the United Nations, putting the world on notice that "now is the time for action" against terror. Notary public Kenys Galicia, who admitted signing fraudulent paperwork for two of the hijackers in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks agreed to a plea bargain in which she pleaded guilty to an unrelated federal fraud charge. A cardiologist in New Jersey said that he thought he might have contracted skin anthrax in the first week of September. One of his offices is in Kendall Park, next to Franklin Park, the town cited in the return address on the anthrax-laden envelope sent to the Senate majority leader, Tom Daschle, on Oct. 9. Frontier Post reports that Pakistani and American investigators agree that the Al Qaeda network may have successfully transported several nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons to the United States.
"If in the long run you want to succeed in this fight against terrorism, you have to address not only the terrorist networks of Al-Qaida and a few others and destroy them, but you have to address also the root causes which are the ground on which these networks can be developed," said France's U.N. Ambassador Jean-David Levitte. Student senators at the University of Missouri-Columbia rejected a resolution expressing support for "United States soldiers, both here and abroad, and for the United States of America in its struggle against terrorism." A U.S. Magistrate ordered Citadel cadet Yasir Khatib held without bail after federal prosecutors laid out a case against him that includes allegations of four different identities, disguises and "cosmetic surgery," a visa violation and references in private correspondences to a "jihad."