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1/18/03 - U-N ANTI-TERROR PROGRESS REPORT - 2003-01-21

The United States will not rest until Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network and all other global terrorist groups are tracked down and destroyed. As President George W. Bush said to the United Nations General Assembly, "There is no corner of the earth distant or dark enough to protect them."

The basic obligations of civilized nations in the war against terror were defined by the U-N Security Council less than three weeks after the September 11th, 2001, attacks on America. The council Resolution one-three-seven-three requires all U-N member states to stop financing, supporting, or providing sanctuary to terrorists. U-N members also have a responsibility to coordinate anti-terrorist law-enforcement efforts.

So far, considerable progress has been made. The U.S.-led coalition routed the al-Qaida terrorist network from Afghanistan and helped overthrow its Taleban sponsors. Terrorist cells in the U.S., Middle East, Europe, and Asia have been broken up. More than one-hundred million dollars of terrorist assets have been frozen. The U.S. has trained anti-terrorist forces in the Philippines, Yemen, the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, and other nations.

But much more needs to be done. First and foremost, countries around the world need to remain united in the war against terrorism. The hunt for known terrorists must be intensified. Secret terrorist cells in dozens of nations must still be identified and destroyed. Informal financial networks and phony charities that give aid to terrorist groups must be broken up. And governments must stop terrorist efforts to acquire the materials, technology, and expertise to make and deliver weapons of mass destruction.

Every nation has a stake in the fight to stamp out terrorism. As President Bush said, "[Terrorists] kill because they aspire to dominate. They seek to overthrow governments and destabilize entire regions. No nation can be neutral in this conflict, because no civilized nation can be secure in a world threatened by terror."