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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 people.

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 operation.

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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President George W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld walk down the Pentagon stairs to a ceremony where the President signed the National Defense Authorization Act. White House photo by Paul Morse.

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President Bush Discusses Global War on Terror 

President Bush Previews War on Terror Speech 
President Bush Visits National Defense University, Discusses Global War on Terror 

Fact Sheet: Defending America and Its Allies Against Ballistic Missile Attack 
President Bush Presents Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, U.S. Navy 

President Bush Discusses the War Supplemental 

President Outlines War Effort
President Holds Prime Time News Conference
Presidential Address to the Nation

Standing for the Flag
September 11
World Unites
Multi-Front Operation

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