2. Mid shot military commanders talking on radio and looking through binoculars
3. Northern Alliance soldiers flying over battle area
4. Commander looking through binoculars
5. Helicopter flying over battle area
6. Mid shot Northern alliance soldier
7. Chinook helicopter flying over battle area
8. Various fighters observing fighting area with AK-47 and rocket launchers
American Embassy, Kabul, 13 March 2002
9. Set-up Ryan Corker, US Charge d'affairs in Kabul
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ryan Corker, US Charge d'affairs in Kabul:
"I think what we're seeing now in South of Gardez is the last coralle for al-Qaida and Taliban as a force in the field. The end of this fight will not be and end of the campaign. I think we heard a number of US leaders - and first and foremost the President - say this is a long fight and it's not over. But I do think that what we're going to be into after Gardez is identifying and cleaning up small pockets here and there.
South of Gardez, Battle zone
11. Apache helicopter flying over the battle zone
12. Various Northern Alliance troops on the ground in tanks and Armoured vehicles
13. Mid shot dead Chechen fighter (according the local commander he is a Chechen fighter, APTN has no evidence to confirm)
14. Close up hand
15. Mid shot dead body
16. Wide shot American special forces and Northern Alliance soldiers sitting in vehicles
17. Mid shot American special forces soldier talking to Northern Alliance soldier
18. SOUNDBITE: (English) American special forces soldier (no name):
"The two principle mission here were to defeat the Taliban, and allow the conditions to be set for an interim Afghan government that hopefully will be long lasting and representative of all the Afghan groups in Afghanistan. The second was to rid the al-Qaida from Afghanistan."
US-led allied troops prowled the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan for al-Qaida fighters who may have escaped the withering aerial barrage that helped US and Afghan troops seize control of the Shah-e-Kot valley on Wednesday.
Afghan commanders said many of the al-Qaida and Taliban fighters, including their commander Saif Rahman Mansour, fled before Afghan forces overran three villages and a commanding ridge line.
Pentagon officials had repeatedly said the only choice facing the enemy troops was to "surrender or die," although Afghan commanders on Tuesday were prepared to allow them to leave.
It was unclear how many enemy fighters had died in the 12-day Operation Anaconda, the biggest offensive in the Afghan campaign, which used conventional American ground troops in combat for the first time in the five-month war.
Initial US estimates put the total number of enemy combatants at 150-200 but the figure was increased to 500-600 in the course of the operation.
Afghan commanders also said they had found about 25 bodies, who appeared to be Chechens based on skin and eye color.
It was not known whether others may be buried in the scores of small caves where they took refuge from the bombing.
US officers said Operation Anaconda yielded valuable information about al-Qaida, blamed for the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States and trigger for the war on terrorism.
Pakistan has rushed troops to its border in an effort to apprehend any Taliban and al-Qaida fighters who seek refuge there.
However, the mountainous border, with thousands of paths and smuggling routes, is impossible to seal.