Major European allies of Washington are expressing strong support for the U-S-led attacks on Afghanistan.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, in a statement, said the German government supports "without reservation" the attacks against terrorist targets in Afghanistan.
In a televised address to his nation, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that in addition to his own country, Germany, Australia and Canada had also committed themselves to taking part in this action.
French President Jacques Chirac says his nation will join the United States in the fight against terrorism. French Defense Minister Alain Richard says in a matter of days French forces will participate in the military offensive.
Meanwhile, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has declared his support and put his country on a state of alert, beefing up security at public squares and buildings.