Éditoriaux Défense Sécurité Terrorisme Zones de conflits Logistique Livres de référence Liens
Terre Air Mer Gendarmerie Renseignement Infoguerre Cyber Recherche

War Against Terrorism: 29 Countries Have Contributed in Many Ways

War Against Terrorism: 29 Countries Have Contributed in Many Ways

Source: News Transcript from the United States Department of Defense. DoD News Briefing: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Monday, March 11, 2002 - 11:24 a.m. EST. Remarks by Secretary Rumsfeld welcoming military representatives of countries in the worldwide coalition against terrorism.

Rumsfeld: First let me welcome the distinguished group that's gathered here. We just are very pleased to have you. I was talking to Tom Franks this morning and was disappointed he didn't make it to be with us as well. But we appreciate your being here and welcome you to the Pentagon.

Six months ago today, one could walk out these steps and see a peaceful blue sky like this, but if one turned to the northwest, you'd see black smoke, thick smoke and flame rising from this building. The Pentagon had been attacked, as were the World Trade Center towers. Thousands of innocents died, husbands and wives, and sons and daughters, and mothers and fathers.

The military and diplomatic leaders that are arranged here today represent some of the scores of nations that have joined the campaign against terror, for September 11th was truly an attack against the world. Citizens from more than 80 countries died that day, men and women of every race and every religion. So the United States was not alone. Indeed, our NATO allies promptly invoked Article 5 for the first time in the 53-year history of the alliance. At the Organization of American States, the Rio Treaty was invoked. And nations all across the globe very quickly joined in the global war against terror.

With us today are representatives from 29 nations that are contributing military support and other assistance to the war on terrorism. Twenty-seven of the nations have representatives that work at the CentCom headquarters on a regular basis assisting General Franks in his important work. Coalition countries have contributed in many ways: military, diplomatic, economic, financial, intelligence sharing, as well as humanitarian assistance.

Some have helped openly. Others have helped quietly. Many leaders have courageously spoken out against terror. Dozens of nations have provided troops, materiel, humanitarian aid, overflight and basing privileges. Military personnel from several nations have now lost their lives. We offer our deepest sympathy to their families, to their friends. They courageously served their countries and the cause of freedom.

This morning we visited the White House to meet with President Bush, and this afternoon the gentlemen here will meet at the Pentagon to discuss the progress on the war on terrorism, and I want each of you gentlemen to know that I thank you and your nations for your valued help in a time of crisis. Six months after the war began, it is certainly far from over, but if we stand together, as President Bush said this morning, the final outcome is assured.

The attacks of September 11th were clearly a terrible tragedy, and our nation grieves for those who were lost, and our hearts go out to their families -- those in New York, in Pennsylvania, and yes, those of our friends and colleagues here at the Pentagon.

But from the ashes hope springs. With the coming of spring, the Pentagon building is rising, and thanks to the truly outstanding effort of the workers, repairs are ahead of schedule. Indeed, from the outside the building looks like it's almost new. I just visited the site a few minutes ago to mark the progress that's been made in these past six months.

If one thinks back, our world has changed a great deal. It has awakened to the threat of terrorism, and as all can see here, the civilized nations of the world have reached truly new levels of cooperation, unity, and strength. We have the opportunity to tear terrorism out by the roots. By our campaign against terrorism, we are preventing acts of terror that may well have been planned before September 11th and would -- we would have never known until it was too late. The memory of September 11th reminds us all of the need to remain vigilant.

I thank each of you for being here. I look forward to seeing you at lunch. And I am told that I should respond to a few questions from the gathered assembly.

Charlie.

Q: Mr. Secretary, with the weather clearing somewhat around Gardez now, will the United States press the attack this week? And do you hope perhaps to have the al Qaeda and Taliban cleared from the pockets perhaps this week?

Rumsfeld: Yes, one would hope so.

Q: This week?

Rumsfeld: One would hope so.

Q: I see. Do you plan --

Rumsfeld: You can't know that now, Charlie. I want you to understand that. I talked to General Franks this morning, and there is no question but that there are some numbers of them still on the so-called whale, the area to the left of the area that's been contained. There are also some folks that need to be -- either surrender or dealt with, and that work's going forward. The Afghan troops as well as the coalition forces are dealing with that as we speak.

Q: You've removed more than 400 troops from the fray, leaving about 800. Do you plan to return those to the fight, or do you plan to let the Afghans control the operation as time goes on?

Rumsfeld: There have been -- oh, no, no, the U.S. will stay very much in charge. At the present time, there's a larger number than you've suggested and an equal -- roughly equal number of coalition forces and Afghan forces. And that work will continue. Some people may leave, and others will go in. But it will continue till it's completed.

Q: Mr. Secretary, I have a bit of a follow-up on that. There has been some speculation because of the bad weather, the snow and cold and what have you, that some of the al Qaeda and Taliban have managed to get across that porous border into Pakistan. Any comments on that please?

Rumsfeld: No. I have no information that people have either successfully gotten in or gotten out.

Q: Mr. Secretary, can you tell us if General Franks was able to give you any information on what type of al Qaeda leadership might have been killed in the latest battles?

Rumsfeld: We do know there are a great many al Qaeda that have been killed. We do not have names and ranks and serial numbers. We do have several al Qaeda prisoners that have been captured and will be interrogated.

And of course, as the mopping-up process continues, additional information will be gained.

Q: Mr. Secretary?

Rumsfeld: We'll make this the last question.

Yes.

Q: On this six-month anniversary, how would you sum up the situation of where you are in the war in Afghanistan? And what sort of message does this send to other terrorists and nations such as Iraq -- the victory so far in Afghanistan?

Rumsfeld: Well, I would just say that I think the President of the United States earlier this morning summed up the situation with respect to the war on terrorism perfectly. The -- a great deal has been accomplished. The Taliban government is no longer running the country of Afghanistan. The people have been liberated. The al Qaeda in that country are no longer using the country as a haven or a sanctuary for terrorists -- to conduct terrorist attacks against the rest of the world. We have the al Qaeda in Afghanistan on the run, and we are assisting several other countries around the world with training so that they, too, are able to deal more effectively with the terrorists in their own countries.

The important thing to remember is, from day one, the task was to deal with the terrorists, but also to deal with the nations that harbor terrorists. We would have accomplished very little if we were successful in Afghanistan as a coalition and then allowed the terrorists to reassemble in other countries across the globe and continue the attacks against the United States and other countries. So we have to be continuing to put on pressure, to see that all the elements of national power are brought to bear: political, diplomatic, economic, financial, as well as military -- both overt and covert. That's what's taking place. And countries that are part of this effort from every continent are involved and interested and doing their part, and we're all very grateful for the coalition support.

Thank you very much.

This transcript was prepared by the Federal News Service Inc., Washington, D.C. Federal News Service is a private company for other Defense related transcripts not available through this site, contact (202) 347-1400.

 

Derniers articles

Verdun 2016 : La légende de la « tranchée des baïonnettes »
Eyes in the Dark: Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
OIR Official: Captured Info Describes ISIL Operations in Manbij
Cyber, Space, Middle East Join Nuclear Triad Topics at Deterrence Meeting
Carter Opens Second DoD Innovation Hub in Boston
Triomphe de St-Cyr : le Vietnam sur les rangs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
L’amiral Prazuck prend la manœuvre de la Marine
Airmen Practice Rescuing Downed Pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2
On ne lutte pas contre les moustiques avec une Kalachnikov...
Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives
Daesh Publications Are Translated Into Eleven Languages
Opération Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie
Le Drian : Daech : une réponse à plusieurs niveaux
Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting at Andrews
Carter Welcomes France’s Increased Counter-ISIL Support
100-Plus Aircraft Fly in for Exercise Red Flag 16-3
Growlers Soar With B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training
We Don’t Fight Against Mosquitoes With a Kalashnikov
Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge
Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
DoD Cyber Strategy Defines How Officials Discern Cyber Incidents from Armed Attacks
Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
Truman Strike Group Completes Eight-Month Deployment
KC-46 Completes Milestone by Refueling Fighter Jet, Cargo Plane
Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters
Une nation est une âme
The Challenges of Ungoverned Spaces
Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq
Obama: U.S. Commitment to European Security is Unwavering in Pivotal Time for NATO
International Court to Decide Sovereignty Issue in South China Sea
La SPA 75 est centenaire !
U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea
Maintien en condition des matériels : reprendre l’initiative
La veste « léopard », premier uniforme militaire de camouflage
Océan Indien 2016 : Opérations & Coopération
Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor
New Navy, Old Tar
Marcel Dassault parrain de la nouvelle promotion d’officiers de l’École de l’Air
RIMPAC 2016 : Ravitaillement à la mer pour le Prairial avant l’arrivée à Hawaii
Bataille de la Somme, l’oubliée
U.S., Iceland Sign Security Cooperation Agreement
Cléopatra : la frégate Jean Bart entre dans l’histoire du BPC Gamal Abdel Nasser
Surveiller l’espace maritime français aussi par satellite
America's Navy-Marine Corps Team Fuse for RIMPAC 2016
Stratégie France : Plaidoyer pour une véritable coopération franco-allemande
La lumière du Droit rayonne au bout du chemin





Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).

Contact