Commandos strike, opening ground war; two killed in helicopter crash

Saturday, October 20th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said Saturday that U.S. special forces ``attacked and destroyed targets'' in Afghanistan and showed video of the ground troops clearing an airfield building by building.

Opening a ground war, the forces, including Army Rangers, ``are refitting for future actions'' against targets ``known to harbor terrorists,'' said Gen. Richard Myers. He said the operations were carried out ``without significant interference from Taliban forces.''

The U.S. forces came across stores of rocket propelled grenades, machine guns and ammunition and destroyed them, Myers said.