1. US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld walks to microphones
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Donald Rumsfeld, US Defence Secretary "Muslim countries have fought during Ramadan from day one, and the Northern Alliance and the Taliban fought over a period of years during Ramadan. The Middle East war took place over Ramadan. The terrorists are threatening our country. They have killed thousands of Americans and indeed, people from another hundred countries, sixty, eighty countries were killed in the World Trade Center. There is nothing in that religion that says that war must not take place during Ramadan, and it has been demonstrated repeatedly in many instances. We have the task of defending our country and we must do that."
3. Mid shot camera crews
ABC This Week - London, UK
4. Various wide shots British Foreign Minister Jack Straw and George Stephanopolus
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jack Straw, British Foreign Minister "We said right form the beginning that this was going to take some time. We can't say exactly how long, but we certainly... nobody thought for a second that it would only take a matter of two or three weeks and we do have to ask people to be patient, to keep their nerve and to keep their memory, why we have taken this action in the first place. (Q Are we talking months or years?) We can't say for certain. In Kosovo, the action... the only time scale I can say for that action is that it was going to go on indefinitely. You couldn't say for certain until it had finished. That's what we have to say here. We definitely may need a matter of weeks, it may mean a matter of months, it may mean a bit longer. It is not possible when you're taking this kind of military action to say 'look, it's going to start at ten o'clock on a Sunday and it's going to finish at five o'clock on a Friday'."
6. Cutaway Stephanopolus
APTN - Washington DC, USA
7. Wide shot Dr. Anthony Fauci at microphone
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases "Now that we know that the microbe that's been examined is sensitive to a wide range of antibiotics, doxcycline is a good antibiotic. It's easily available. It doesn't have significant toxicities and it's a drug that we have a lot of experience with. So it was not necessarily just because of the price of it (Cipro), but because it's just a very easy alternative for ciprofloxicyn. That's an important point because you know there's been a lot of concern about, if we get an even bigger event, will we run out of ciprofloxicyn. This now really broadens the spectrum, because now not only is doxcycline good against anthrax, but also the common generic penicillins are. So now we have a considerable range of options for antibiotics."
U-S Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the United States may not be able to catch terrorist Osama bin Laden, even though he predicts the Taliban regime harbouring him in Afghanistan will be toppled.
Rumsfeld has said repeatedly that rooting out terrorism is a long-term project that will last for years and has compared it to the Cold War, which lasted half a century.
In Washington on Sunday, the defence secretary defended the possibility that the U-S bombardment of Afghanistan might extend into the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins in mid-November.
Talking on U-S television, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the war could go on "indefinitely".
Meanwhile, a U-S federal health official said the government could have enough anthrax vaccine for everyone in the country within six to 12 months.