The military phase of the War Against Terrorism began October 7, 2001 under the name "Operation Enduring Freedom." Since then, coalition forces have liberated the Afghan people
from the repressive and violent Taliban regime. As President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld have said, this is a different kind of war
against a different kind of enemy. The enemy is not a nation -- the enemy is terrorist networks that threaten the way of life of all peaceful
The war against terrorism is a broad-based effort that will take time. Every nation has different circumstances and will participate in different ways.
This mission and future missions will require a series of coalitions ready to take on the challenges and assume the risks associated with such an
Coalition forces have made important contributions in the war
against terrorism across the spectrum of operations. Particular contributions include, but are not limited to, providing vital intelligence, personnel,
equipment and assets for use on the ground, in the air and at sea.
Coalition members also have provided liaison teams, participated in planning, provided bases and granted over-flight permissions - as well as made
sizable contributions of humanitarian assistance.
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