US Resumes Heavy Bombing, Thousands of Pakistanis Rush to Fight for Taliban
US warplanes resumed heavy bombing on Kabul Sunday morning, killing at least 15 civilians and wounding others, Al Jazera satellite TV reported. Meanwhile, thousands of Pakistanis were trying to overcome goverment resistance to their efforts to enter Afghanistan and fight the US.
The Al Jazeera report showed that most of the victims of the latest bombing were children.
Reports described the US attacks in the last 48 hours to be the heaviest ever launched on the capital Kabul.
The Arabic channel showed live pictures of six broken young bodies, one torn apart, and laid out in a nearby mosque before burial.
The heavy bombing came soon after the Pentagon admitted its bombs had hit a Red Cross depot by mistake.
Meanwhile, thousands of Pakistani tribesmen remained on the Afghan border Sunday ready to join the Taliban, while other militants blocked hundreds of vehicles on the "Silk Route" to China to oppose the US military campaign, AFP reported.
The Pakistan authorities were trying to stop the armed tribesmen from crossing into Afghanistan, while negotiating with the other militants who were threatening to blow up any vehicle that tried to pass their blockades, the agency added.
On the border, heavily armed tribesmen set out Saturday in a 100-truck convoy to cross into Afghanistan to join the Taliban militia in its war against the United States.
The interior ministry was quoted as saying that the fighters were led by Soofi Mohammad, head of Tehreek Nifaz-e-Sharia Mohammadi (TNSM) group which wants Islamic Sharia law in Pakistan.
The tribesmen are grouped close to the border in Bajaur tribal area of Northwest Frontier Province. A TNSM spokesman at the border told AFP there were around 10,000 tribesmen there.
Pakistan is largely populated by members of the Pashtun tribe, which consitutes Afghanistan's ethnic majority and much of the Taliban's base of support – Albawaba.com
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