Annual Report to the President and the Congress 2002   [open pdf - 8MB]

On September 11, terrorists attacked the symbols of American freedom, prosperity, and military might. They visited violence on thousands of innocent people-small children, mothers and fathers, people of many nationalities and religions. In less than a month, the United States responded. The President issued the call. Like-minded countries joined with the United States in flexible coalitions to fight the threat of terrorism to international security. Military forces took up forward positions in Central and South Asia. The United States set the conditions to prevail in Afghanistan, sent in forces on the ground to work with anti-Taliban Afghan forces, and launched devastating military attacks against Taliban and al Qaeda strongholds in Afghanistan. And before the fires at the World Trade Center had burned out, the Taliban had been driven from power and the foreign terrorists they sheltered, while not gone completely, were on the run. Americans can rightly take pride in the courage and achievements of the men and women in uniform. But U.S. forces will face even greater challenges ahead. U.S. military actions to date represent only the beginning of a long, dangerous, and global war against international terrorism. And even as U.S. forces fight the war against terrorism, other challenges loom on the horizon.

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