Blair Considers Further '\'Targeted'\' Military Action
The United States and Britain are considering taking further targeted military action against the Taliban regime and Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Thursday.
"There will be further action that we are considering taking that will be again targeted," Blair told an audience of Arab journalists at Downing Street.
Defense experts here said a similar statement made by the prime minister Wednesday indicated the imminent use of ground forces in Afghanistan.
But the prime minister would not be drawn on the nature or time-scale of further targeted attacks.
"I don't want to say any more about the precise nature of our operation," he said.
But he added: "I don't think we have ever contemplated this being done by air power alone.
"The next few weeks will be the most testing time but we are on track to achieve the goals we set out" -- London, (AFP)
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