1. US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and General Richard Myers walk into briefing room
2. Cutaway of press
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
"There are others who are working to train an Afghan army. The ISAF - the International Security Assistance Force - has been active in this. Some of the regional army efforts have been interested in the process. Other countries have offered some assistance, and the plan is evolving. What we've decided to do is to try to get it started, and be helpful with one piece. But the total package has not been fleshed out."
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5 SOUNDBITE: (English) General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
"From the start, one of our missions has been to ensure Afghanistan is not a safe haven for terrorists, especially organizations like the al-Qaida. This assistance that we're going to provide which will train the Afghan national army is directly part of that mission."
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
"There was a lab in Kandahar where we did find some equipment that was indicative of perhaps manufacturing anthrax. Not all the equipment you would need was there, but there was some of the equipment. It looked like some of it had been tried to be destroyed. There were no, at least right now, there were no large quantities of anthrax that you could see. They'll do the usual swabs and bring those back for analysis, so that's what we found."
8. Wide shot of Rumsfeld and Myers at briefing
9. Wide shot of Boucher walking into briefing room
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11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Richard Boucher, US State Department Spokesman
"Clearly, we continue to look to Chairman Arafat and the Palestinian Authority to take serious steps to stop the violence. We've been absolutely clear on that in all our discussions. We don't think there's been enough, but we've also looked more and more at the Beirut conference and we think it would be constructive for Chairman Arafat to be allowed to travel. We've asked the Israeli government to give serious consideration to the matter, we've conveyed our view as the conference approaches, conveyed our view of what the conclusions we have reached."
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced on Monday that American troops will soon be helping to train an Afghan army.
Rumsfeld said that the US would not send in additional troops to carry out the task but would instead use special forces, already in the country.
According to the Defence Secretary, the US will work with other governments to raise money to help pay for the training of the Afghan army and to pay the soldiers.
British and German members of the International Security and Assistance Force, in Afghanistan, have already started to provide basic training for a group of 600 or so Afghans in Kabul.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard B. Myers, said that the one of the primary functions of training the men would to provide security in the country, so it would not become a safe-haven for terrorists
Myers revealed that a lab had been found in Kandahar containing materials that could be used to manufacture Anthrax.
Meanwhile, US State Department spokesman, Richard Boucher said that the US wished the Israelis to consider allowing Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, to attend an upcoming Arab league summit.
Boucher said it would be constructive for Arafat to attend the Beirut meeting, in order to
discuss a Saudi land-for-peace proposal with Arab nations.