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US marines seize Kandahar airfield

More than 500 United States marines in the first major ground operation mounted by the coalition forces took control of the Kandahar airport on Monday night, even as an embattled Taleban vowed to hold on to their southern stronghold of Kandahar.

Meanwhile, President George W Bush in a televised address to the nation on Monday said the moment of truth was finally at hand for Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda network.

Giving strong indications that the US is going for the jugular, Pentagon officials said more than two thousand marines would be rushed into Afghanistan in the next few days.

A Pentagon spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel David Lapan, said the aim of the US marines was 'to seize an airfield, which they have done'.

Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar were reported by a Northern Alliance official to be still in Kandahar. Referring to the Taleban and their 'guests' -- Osama bin Laden and members of his Al Qaeda network -- Bush said: "We're smoking them out, they're running, and now we're going to bring them to justice."

In northern Afghanistan, fighting was still continuing following a bloody prisoner of war revolt on Sunday at a fortress near Mazar-e-Sharif where die-hard Taleban prisoners continued to hold out against their Alliance jailers.

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American marines take control of airfield

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