1. US troops standing in front of A-10 Thunderbolt/Warthog planes
2. Tiger Shark motif painted on front of plane
3. Air force mechanic refuelling plane
4. Mk-82 500 pound bomb slug under plane
5. Graffitti on bomb
6. Soldier patrolling airbase perimeter
7. Pilot in cockpit
8. A10 planes on runway
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Captain Jeff Baldwin, 74th Fighter Squadron, US Air Force, "It stays in one area. It spots or finds the target and it either calls in other air forces or ground forces to take it out, or it takes it out itself.
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Captain Jeff Baldwin, 74th Fighter Squadron, US Air Force, "The biggest feature that it's most well know for is the gun - the gowie, the gatling gun and its ability to put out some big rounds, 30 mm rounds."
12. Planes drawn up on runway
13. Close up of plane's nose showing shark face
14. Set up of Major Bryan Hilferty, US Joint Task Force spokesman.
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Major Bryan Hilferty, US Joint Task Force spokesman, "The threat level remains high here in Afghanistan. We continue to redeploy troops, prepare for future combat operations, improve our security and conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions throughout Afghanistan. In the Anaconda area (east Paktia province), our Afghan allies continue to secure the area, and we continue sensitive sight exploitation. In the past 24 hours, we found more small arms, machine guns, mortars, miscellaneous documents and a large quantity of munitions."
16. Cutaway of media
17. Set up of Sergeant Steve Melbourne, Assistant Media Spokesman, British Royal Marine Commandos
18. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sergeant Steve Melbourne, Assistant Mediua Spokesman, British Royal Marine Commandos, "The members of 45 Commando Royal Marines are specialised in mountain and cold weather warfare. They train regularly in Norway for three months at a time. The size of this force, 1,700 guys is quite a potent force to bring into an operation like this, and therefore to be able to work alongside the U.S.forces as well will give them a good steer. On both sides."
19. Extreior of US Army tent chapel
20. Various of Palm Sunday service conducted for Protestant troops
The United States flew ground attack A-10 "Warthog" warplanes into Afghanistan over the weekend in apparent preparation for further attacks on defiant al Qaeda and Taliban forces.
U.S. military spokesman Major Bryan Hilferty said on Sunday fewer than 10 of the planes, nicknamed for their squat appearance, would operate out of Bagram, an air base just north of Kabul.
Bagram was the staging post for Operation Anaconda, which was the biggest ground engagement of the latest Afghan War and fought at up to 11,000 feet (3,350 metres) in the rugged mountains of the eastern province of Paktia.
A-10 planes were used during Operation Anaconda, but this is the first time the warplanes have been based in Afghanistan.
The Warthogs, also known as "Thunderbolts" flew in before the arrival of 1,700 British troops, who are due to be on the ground and operational by mid-April in the next phase of U.S.-led operations against al Qaeda and the Taliban.
The British force is based around 45 (four-five, not forty five) Commando, a specialist mountain warfare unit based in Scotland.
It will consist of around 650 front line assault troops, plus around 1000 support troops made up of engineers, artillery, signallers and logistics experts.
They will be deployed by British Chinook helicopters and will be supported by U.S. helicopter gunships and fixed wing ground attack planes.
Their mission, "Operation Jacana", is reportedly to kill or capture Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar
A US spokesmen say hundreds of al Qaeda and Taliban soldiers were killed in Operation Anaconda, but some Afghan commanders consider those numbers exaggerated and say some fighters escaped.
Some analysts believe the actual al-Qaeda death toll to be below 100.
A US spokesmen say the operation crippled the ability of the al Qaeda network, blamed for the September 11 attacks on the United States, to plan operations.
Major Hilferty acknowledged, however, that "the threat remains high."
The arrival of the British commandos, trained for mountain and cold weather warfare, and of the Warthogs suggest much fighting remains to be done.
British spokesman Sergeant Steve Melbourne said the Marine commandos were expected to coordinate operations in Afghanistan's rugged mountain ranges with U.S. forces trying to find and wipe out remaining pockets of Taliban and al Qaeda fighters.
Warthogs were crucial during the 1991 Gulf War as anti-tank aircraft and were also used in Kosovo, officials said.
Also on Sunday, some U.S. troops attended a church service to mark Palm Sunday.
The small chapel, located at the edge of tent city in Bagram, can hold around 100 people.
Troops had the choice of five church services on Sunday: an Orthodox/Catholic mass, Protestant worship, Latter-Day Saints worship at 1300, and a further Catholic mass and Protestant service.