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US issues fresh warning to countries supporting terrorists

US issues fresh warning to countries supporting terrorists

Author: Agencies
Publication: www.expressindia.com
Date: November 21, 2001
URL: http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=4721

Washington, November 20: As US special forces pressed on with their hunt for suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, Washington issued a stern warning to states it accuses of assisting terrorists, particularly Iraq.

"I think any government that supports or harbours terrorists should be very worried right now," Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said. His comments, which are likely to trigger renewed alarm in the Islamic world, coincided with a debate in United States over the next phase of the US-led war on global terrorism in the wake of September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.

Countries such as Iraq, Iran, Syria or Lebanon as well as Islamic or Palestinian organisations are frequently named as potential targets of the US threats. But both Wolfowitz and Secretary of State Colin Powell have made it clear that Washington is determined to pursue its anti-terror campaign beyond the operations in Afghanistan.

Speaking in Louisville, Kentucky on Monday Powell vowed that President George W. Bush would not rest until he had achieved his stated aim of finding, stopping and defeating every terrorist with global reach. "We know it will take time. It will take effort. We will be patient. We will be persistent," he said.

"We're going to continue pursuing the entire al Qaeda network, which is in 60 countries, not just Afghanistan and, worst of all, here in the United States," Wolfowitz said. "There are a number of states that support terrorists. Saddam Hussein is one of them but not the only one," he added. "Frankly, I would hope as they... Observe the fate of the Taliban in Afghanistan some of them would be reconsidering whether this is a promising career."

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