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Bush Vows to Rid World of Terrorists - 2001-09-16


President Bush has vowed to rid the world of the evil-doers responsible for the terror attacks against the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon near Washington.

The president said in Washington today (Sunday) that the United States was horrified by Tuesday's attacks, but will not be terrorized.

Mr. Bush said the United States will call together the freedom-loving people of the world to fight terrorism. He said he has been in contact with leaders in Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia and said they have offered support for the anti-terrorism campaign.

President Bush repeated that Osama Bin Laden is the prime suspect believed behind Tuesday's attacks. Earlier Sunday, Vice President Richard Cheney said nations harboring terrorists will face the full wrath of the United States.

Mr. Cheney identified Afghanistan as a possible target if it is indeed sheltering Osama bin Laden. He is the alleged terrorist mastermind linked to the bombing of U-S embassies in Africa and the bombing of the U-S warship Cole in Yemen's Aden harbor.

Mr. Cheney also said President Bush had ordered Air Force jets to shoot down incoming commercial airliners over Washington if they did not divert immediately after Tuesday's attacks. Mr. Cheney said the President made the decision to prevent further attacks.

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the United States has no choice but to strike targets in countries that harbor terrorists. Mr. Rumsfeld said the United States will take the offensive in the battle against terrorist organizations and the countries that tolerate, support, and finance their activities.

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