- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 30, 2001

President Bush yesterday said the United States will conduct covert operations to hunt down terrorists wherever they "hide or run or plan" and vowed "the cause of freedom will prevail."
With reports that elite troops from U.S. special operations forces are already inside Afghanistan, Mr. Bush said some victories in the war on terrorism will come without the knowledge of the American people, and some other victories will simply be avoiding future attacks.
"This war will be fought wherever terrorists hide or run or plan. Some victories will be won outside of public view, in tragedies avoided and threats eliminated. Other victories will be clear to all," he said in his weekly radio address.
"We did not seek this conflict, but we will end it. America will act deliberately and decisively, and the cause of freedom will prevail," he said.
Spending the weekend at Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains, Mr. Bush met yesterday in a video teleconference with members of his national security team and administration. The White House released a photo showing Mr. Bush, CIA Director George J. Tenet, Chief of Staff Andrew Card and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice seated around a table, with a map of Afghanistan in the middle.
The meeting occurred as a new poll showed nearly 90 percent of Americans support the president's plan to eradicate terrorist groups.
In Washington, hundreds of peace activists marched near the Capitol in a protest originally planned to disrupt a meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, an event that was canceled after the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Virginia.
In his address, Mr. Bush reiterated the new type of war America faces.
"This is a different kind of war, which we will wage aggressively and methodically to disrupt and destroy terrorist activity. Our war on terror will be much broader than the battlefields and beachheads of the past," Mr. Bush said.
"Our weapons are military and diplomatic, financial and legal, and in this struggle, our greatest advantages are the patience and resolve of the American people," he said.
The president said the military buildup is progressing as the United States prepares for an extended campaign against terrorist groups.
"Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are being deployed to points around the globe, ready to answer when their country calls. The men and women of the armed forces are united in their dedication to freedom and they will make us proud in the struggle against terrorism," he said.
U.S. ships, troops and planes are amassing near Afghanistan, where terrorist Osama bin Laden and others in his al Qaeda network are believed to be hiding. Secret special operations teams have been scouting out staging areas for U.S. operations inside Afghanistan in recent days, according to several published reports.
Mr. Bush, who met last week with the leaders of Canada, Japan and Jordan, also said in his radio address that his administration continues assembling a global coalition against terrorism.
"Other countries, from Russia to Indonesia, are giving strong support as the war against terrorism moves forward. America is grateful to the nations [the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia] that have cut off diplomatic ties with the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, which is sheltering terrorists," Mr. Bush said.
He said a "strike" against terrorist networks' financial assets is also drawing support. "Many governments and financial institutions around the world are joining in this effort to starve terrorists of funding."
Mr. Bush said he is working hard to make Americans safer, asking Congress for new law enforcement authority "to better track the communications of terrorists and to detain suspected terrorists until the moment they are deported."
This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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