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British join strikes on targets in Afghanistan Waves of bombs, missiles Air defenses, military sites among targets H I L L E RY S M I T H G A R R I S O N / T H E A S S O C I AT E D P R E S S

President Bush pauses in the Treaty Room of the White House after announcing yesterday’s airstrikes.

Bush: ‘Battle now joined on many fronts’ ‘Relentless’ campaign begins BY DAN BALZ

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A tomahawk cruise missile is launched yesterday from the USS Philippine Sea against military targets and Osama bin Laden’s training camps inside Afghanistan.

Unease mixes with support for U.S. action Innocent people likely to get hurt, critics, backers both acknowledge

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Gerrie Davis of Ferndale lets emotion take over during the National Anthem at Safeco Field. ager from Redmond. “It was my way of saying, ‘You’re not going to scare me.’ I feel the same way today. We don’t want to send any sort of message to them that PLEASE SEE

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From packed houses at Husky Stadium and Safeco Field to shopping centers, military bases, churches and mosques, widespread support for the U.S. counterattack in Afghanistan was joined with prayers for peace and worries about what’s next. At a souvenir booth outside Safeco Field, U.S. flag pins and T-shirts bearing “United We Stand” were outselling Mariners merchandise. But inside, cheers of MVP — not USA — echoed through the sellout crowd as second baseman Bret Boone came up to bat in the team’s regular-season finale. “The first day the Mariners resumed games (after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks), I felt compelled to come here,” said Gene Schaffer, 33, a database man-

WASHINGTON — U.S. and British forces launched airstrikes at terrorist training camps and military targets throughout Afghanistan yesterday, opening what President Bush pledged would be a “sustained, comprehensive and relentless” campaign against those responsible for the worst terrorist attacks in American history. Using sea-based cruise missiles, long-range bombers and fighter aircraft, the allied strikes hit their first targets about 9:30 a.m. Seattle time — about 9 p.m. in Afghanistan — and continued throughout the night, pounding anti-aircraft sites, military headquarters, terrorist camps, airfields and a concentration of Taliban tanks. Speaking from the White House Treaty Room barely half an hour after the strikes began, Bush promised a tireless assault against the threat of terrorism: “The battle is now joined on many fronts. We will not waver, we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.” Within hours of the first strikes yesterday, bin Laden was seen on a videotape, apparently

made earlier, branding Bush as an “infidel,” calling on Muslims to rise up against the United States and declaring the conflict had divided the world into two camps: “the side of believers and the side of infidels.” With the threat of additional terrorist attacks prompted by the military strikes, federal and state authorities stepped up security precautions at home and abroad, and the FBI ordered law-enforcement agencies across the country to move to their “highest level of vigilance.” In addition to the FBI order, the State Department issued a “worldwide caution” to travelers and shut the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia. The Coast Guard ordered round-the-clock surveillance of more than 300 ports. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it planned to raise its state of readiness to respond to possible terrorist activity. “I know many Americans feel fear today,” the president added in his nationally televised announcement. Signs of heightened security concerns were evident, as officials took Vice President Dick Cheney from his residence

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