4. SOUNDBITE: (English) George W. Bush, U.S. President:
"We're slowly but surely dismantling Taliban defenses, Taliban military installations, the Taliban command and control structure. All aimed at bringing the al-Qaida criminals to justice. It is the first battle on the war on terrorism. The American people are going to have to be patient, just like we are. They're going to have to be determined, just like our military is. And with that patience and determination, we will eventually smoke them out of their holes and get them and bring them to justice and that's exactly what the world demands and that's what the US will deliver."
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7. SOUNDBITE: (English) George W. Bush, U.S. President:
"But we now have this second front against terror here at home. We've been struck obviously on Sept. 11, and we're being struck again. Anytime anybody who puts anthrax in a letter is an act of terror. The press often asks me is this the evil one hiding from us in Afghanistan, the ones who've done this to America, I say I don't know, we don't know yet. But we do know the evil one who hides thinks in ways that we can't possibly think in America. So destructive. Such a low regard for human life. And anybody who puts anthrax trying to kill American citizens shares the same sets of values, whoever's done it, shares the same value of evil that we saw on Sept. 11 and we'll find them and bring them to justice as well."
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9. SOUNDBITE: (English) George W. Bush, U.S. President:
"In all our wars the productive power of the economy has been one of our nation's great advantages, and that's true today. But it's clear that our economy has been shocked, there's been shock waves sent throughout all parts of the nation's economic fabric.
George Bush said U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan are gradually eroding the Taliban's military strength and setting the stage for defeat of the shadowy al-Qaida terrorist network.
Bush spoke on the 20th day of air strikes aimed at bringing down the radical Islamic Taliban regime and rooting out the al-Qaida terrorists believed to be linked to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Bush urged Americans to be patient as the U.S. military, with support from Britain and other allies, carries out a carefully drawn strategy that combines air power with less visible special operations on the ground.
Bush spoke confidently of winning what he called the first battle in the war on terrorism, but he also cautioned that the fight requires determination - not just by the military but by the public as well.
The Pentagon said warplanes had struck a variety of military targets on Thursday, including cave complexes believed to contain Taliban or al-Qaida fighters.
Among the weapons used Thursday were a small number of Tomahawk cruise missiles, which have been fired only sparingly since the early days of the military campaign.
Other officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Friday's attacks against Taliban positions north of Kabul and elsewhere were carried out by roughly 50 strike aircraft, compared with about 80 planes used in the previous day's attacks.
The Air Force continued air dropping thousands of food rations to starving Afghans, and U.S. planes dropped leaflets and broadcast messages informing Afghans of the humanitarian assistance.
Though some American allies in the region with radical Muslim factions would like the campaign finished soon, the Pentagon has said from the beginning that it would take time - and more than an air campaign - to get Osama bin Laden.
Bush also said the Sept. 11 attacks clearly "shocked" the U.S. economy, as he lobbied for more tax relief for business and consumers.
Bush is pushing for up to 75 (b) billion (US) dollars in tax cuts to boost consumer demand and business spending.