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Washington, D.C. – The following is a statement from U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Terrorism, regarding U.S. and allied military action against terrorist targets in Afghanistan that began Sunday, Oct. 7.

"U.S. strikes against the terrorist strongholds are no surprise and will continue until our objectives are achieved. President Bush repeatedly warned the Taliban that it must cease harboring terrorists or suffer the consequences. U.S. and allied military action is one of the consequences.

"Allied strikes against their anti-aircraft weapons and their aircraft were among early targets in the military strikes. Achieving air superiority is important. Air superiority makes our forces safer and allows us to complete exercises with less risk.

"I fully support the President's actions and believe he and his national security team are showing the world fine leadership and showing terrorists that the U.S. will defend itself by going after those who threaten us. We will use military, financial, legal, diplomatic and other means to stop the terrorist threat. The President is showing patience and skill bringing together a world coalition against terrorists.

"These targets are military and we are taking great pains to avoid civilian loss of life. The President has rightly stressed that we are supportive of the people of Afghanistan and is backing that up with delivery of food and medicine. We also must continue to work against the false assertion that this is a conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims. This is a fight against extremists who practice terrorism.

"But our fight is far from over. Americans will need to maintain our intensity and unity, intensity against those who threaten our security and unity with each other. American spirit will see us through these difficult times."