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Senate Resolution 222

Whereas, Al Qaeda, which attacked the United States on September 11 and killed thousands of people, remains a threat to the national security of the United States;

Whereas, the servicemen and women of the United States, who have undertaken more than 20 weeks of courageous and successful operations, are currently engaged in the largest ground combat operation in Afghanistan since the October 7, 2001, start of U.S. and allied military efforts;

Whereas, United States military personnel face tremendous risks in Afghanistan, as evidenced by the fierce attacks that killed at least 8 American servicemen and injured more than 30 American servicemen during the conduct of Operation Anaconda;

Whereas, we are engaged in an unprecedented global conflict, one that presents many new and dangerous challenges to the men and women of the Armed Forces;

Whereas, the Senate has supported all of the President's requests to meet this deadly new threat to world peace;

Whereas, this conflict will require our unflinching resolve, and the first priority of the Congress is to provide our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines with the necessary resources and tools required for victory;

Whereas, the United States remains steadfastly determined to bring to justice the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks against America.

Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate that (1) The Senate expresses the gratitude of the Nation to:

(A) The United States Armed Forces who are participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.

(B) The families of American servicemen and women participating in Operation Enduring Freedom, who have borne the burden of separation from their loved ones, and staunchly supported them during this effort.

(2) The Senate expresses its condolences to the families of the brave American service personnel who have lost their lives defending America in the war against terrorism.

(3) The Senate reaffirms that it stands united with the President in the ongoing effort to defeat terrorism.

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