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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 8, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Sterling Marlin captures somber Winston Cup Race Bi Altoona mirror Copyright 2001 MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2001 500 newsstand Bombs burst over terror targets U.S., Britain launch wide-ranging Bush: We defend our precious freedoms Bin Laden calls effort an attack on nighttime attack on sites in Afghanistan, and the freedom of people everywhere. Islam, says America will never be secure. Questions become reality BY DAVID M. SHHIHMAN :Tlie Boston Globe Now the nation already shocked, embattled and, often, scared, truly feels at war. From air and sea, from bombers and missiles, the United States responded Sunday to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, transforming the brave rhetoric of war into its ANALYSIS United States and Britain attacked mili- tary targets and terrorist training camps ill the remote expanses of Afghanistan, the difficult ques- tions of this new war inslantly were transformed from the theo- retical to the practical. The first stage of the armed response relatively was modest, deliberately calibrated and plainly calculated for diplomatic and sym- bolic effect as much as for mili- tary utility. The strikes were aimed in part to render the Taliban less able to defend against future air and ground strikes, but they also were designed to make it clear to Osama bin Laden, his allies, accomplices and advocates and to all those watching, fear- fully, around the globe that the United States is willing to fight for its security. President Bush described the attacks as "another front in a war that has already been but plainly the engagement of U.S. and British forces takes the conflict to level, even as it underlines the challenges of prevailing in a struggle against a global network rather than against a nation state. For in the wake of the first strikes, and as the defiance of bin Laden's videotaped statement bounced around one of the principal fronts of this war the mass media it still was unclear how the allies would root out bin Laden, whether his capture or death would end or inspire new terrorism, how the moving parts of world diplomacy .would readjust in places such as the Middle East and far-flung Islamic nations from Pakistan to Indonesia. Please see A5 MORE ATTACK COVERAGE fr PAGES M A5 INTERNATIONAL REACTION PAGE C1 Tlie Associated Piess Ordnance sit on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise in the northern Indian Ocean Sunday. U.S. and British forces unleashed a punishing air attack against military targets and Osama bin Laden's training camps in Afghanistan. Below: Bin Laden is seen at an undisclosed location in this TV image broad- cast Sunday. Bin Laden made a videotaped statement aired after the strikes. U.S.-led alliance strikes back Missiles and warplanes filled the Afghan sky Sunday evening in a U.S.-British attack on Taliban and al-QaMa Installations. Sources reported explosions in al leasl three cities. The Afghan northern alliance also launched an attack on Taliban forces near Kabul. CHINA Dushanbe O TAJIKISTAN Kandahar Taliban mil itaVy headquarters, 1 i airport and al- -Qaida htfjisifig units. training camp 150 mi-: VUUetta PAKISTAN SOURCES: LSRl; Associated Press U.S., allies launch air attacks BY DAVID ESPO Tiie Associated Press WASHINGTON American and British forces unleashed punishing air strikes Sunday against military targets and Osama bin Laden's training camps inside Afghanistan, aiming at terrorists blamed for the Sept. II attacks that: murdered thousands in New York and Washington. "We will not waver, we will not said President Bush, speaking from the White House as Tomahawk cruise missiles and bombs found targets halfway around the globe. "We will not falter and we will not fail." The opening ofa sustained campaign dubbed "Enduring the assault was accompanied.by airdrops of thousands of vita- min-enriched food rations for needy civilians and by a ground-based attack by Afghan opposition forces against the ruling Taliban. In a chilling threat, bin Laden vowed defi- antly that "neither America nor the people who live in it will dream of security before we live it in not before all the infi- del armies leave the land of Muhammad." That was an apparent reference to Israel and Saudi Arabia. He spoke In a videotaped state- ment prepared before the attacks, but both he and the leader of the Taliban ruling council of Afghanistan were reported to have survived the initial aerial assault. In a fresh reminder of the potential for renewed terrorist attacks, the FBI said it was urging law enforcement agencies nationwide to "be at the highest level of vigilance and be prepared to respond to any act of terrorism or violence." Bush gave the final go-ahead for the strike Saturday, less than four weeks after terrorists flew two hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center Twin Towers and a third into the Pentagon. A fourth plane crashed in Somerset County in Pennsylvania after an apparent struggle between passengers and terrorists on board. In addition to the Sept. 11 death toll esti- mated at more than the attacks dealt a shuddering blow to Americans' feeling of security and propelled an already weakened economy toward recession. Bush said the military action was "designed to clear the way for sustained, comprehensive and relentless operations" to bring the terror- ists to justice. Please see AS Steelers break in stadium as victors IN SPORTS Steelers Jerome Beltis passes the mark for his career. PAGE 81 Arizona Cardinals slip by Philadelphia Eagles on late touchdown. NFL roundup PAGE 84 By ROBEIIT IGOE Staff Writer PITTSBURGH At long last, nearly rabid, hard-core Steelers fans got the opportunity to enjoy the Steclcrs' home opener at brand-new Heinz Field. Neither the game nor the stadium was a disap- pointment. Jerome Bettis became the second Steelers running back to rush for more than yards with a 153-yard effort, and Kordell Stewart ran for one touchdown as the Steelers slopped the Cincinnati Bengals 16-7. "I think this has already been terrific for the Steelers President Dan Rooney said. "I hope this new stadium helps us as much as the opening of Three Rivers Stadium did in helping us win four Super Bowls in a very short time." The Steeters were one of the last NFL teams to open its home season after it Sept 16 home opener against Cleveland was canceled when the NFL postponed its schedule of games that weekend as a result of the Sept 11 terrorist attacks. The Steelers had an open date the next week, then went on the road to play the Buffalo Bills. To those in attendance at the contest, which set a team attendance record by nearly 800 fans, it was worth the wait. "I think it looks said Ka'thi Mohler of Duncan sville." There are a 1 ot more bathrooms here, though there aren't any tables near the concession areas. But it has a good view of the field, especially from this side with none of those posts that were everywhere in Three Rivers Stadium." "I love this said Rodney Wood, Mansfield. "The atmosphere is great and hey, it's the Steelers." Please see A10 PIERCING ISSUE Body piercing has become a popular form of self-expression among teens, and they're no1 just piercing their ears anymore. Page A6 Mirror photo illustration by Jason Sipes Subscription or home delivery questions: 346-7480 or (800) 287-4480 V -v BWFOUH Cs) 9 Lottery numbers, A2 WEAJHER. Sunny and cool, Forecast, A2 1' THE GREAT COMBiriATlON I Call us today..Make money today. Ask for TUB GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax ua at (814) 946-7547 E5 (ociu., Hospitals A7 Classifieds C3-10 Comlcs_ D5 Community news D2 Puzzles Television D4   

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