Some opposition commanders urged America to send in ground troops to quickly liquidate the Taliban.
At the Islamic militia's southern stronghold of Kandahar, U.S. strikes hit a bus near the city gates and at least 10 civilians were killed in a fiery explosion, the Taliban and residents said. But the claim could not be independently verified.
For a fifth straight day, U.S. jets roared over the front line about 30 miles north of the capital city of Kabul, swooping down and dropping bombs on Taliban positions on the Shomali Plain. The pattern of attacks suggested the United States was trying to push the Taliban back from the opposition-controlled Bagram airport so the Northern Alliance can use the airfield.
Meanwhile, in New York, the Secret Service is investigating two vials containing salmonella that were sent to former President Clinton's office in Harlem.
A Secret Service spokesman said 15 vials containing an unknown substance were in a package received at Clinton's office in early October with certain writings were included in the package, but he did not elaborate. Clinton did not handle the package and nobody has gotten sick from it.