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Bush : "Relentless" Anti-Terror Campaign - 2001-10-07


President Bush says the U-S and British military attacks in Afghanistan are part of what he calls a "relentless" campaign against terrorism.

Speaking on U-S television from the White House shortly after the attacks began Sunday, President Bush vowed the United States will not waver, falter or fail in the campaign. Mr. Bush also said Afghanistan's ruling Taleban will in his words "pay the price" for refusing to meet U-S demands, including surrendering Osama bin Laden, the Saudi-born fugitive blamed for the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Mr. Bush said the carefully-targeted action is focusing on terrorist camps and military positions of the Taleban. He said the military campaign is aimed at barbaric criminals who defame Islam by killing in its name.

Sunday, Mr. Bush also spoke by phone about the retaliatory attacks with leaders from several countries, including Russia, Israel, France, Germany and Jordan. The White House says the president is keeping in constant communication with national security advisors and military leaders. It says President Bush decided to go ahead with the attacks on Saturday night.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke publicly shortly after Mr. Bush's announcement, confirming Britain's involvement in the U-S led attacks against the terrorist network in Afghanistan. Mr. Blair said there is no doubt Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida network, which are harbored by Afghanistan's Taleban rulers, were responsible for last month's terrorist attacks in the United States.

Meanwhile, U-S State Department officials say Secretary of State Colin Powell will travel to India and Pakistan this week to bolster support for the campaign against terrorism. Pakistan is the only country that still recognizes Taleban rule over Afghanistan.

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