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Bush: 'Justice will be done'

Bush warned that the Taliban would share bin Laden's fate if he wasn't turned over to the U.S.  

(CNN) --Vowing "justice will be done" against those responsible for last week's terrorist attacks, President Bush Thursday night denounced Afghanistan for training and harboring terrorists.

"We condemn the Taliban regime," Bush said in a speech to both houses of Congress and a national audience, describing the military rulers of Afghanistan as repressive and blaming them for allowing terrorists to be trained in the country.

The president also demanded the Taliban turn over all members of al Qaeda, the terrorist organization run by Osama bin Laden, who Bush has labeled the prime suspect in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon last week.

"They will hand over the terrorists or they will share in their fate," Bush said of the Taliban.

"Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done," Bush vowed to thunderous applause.

Bush said countries around the world would have to chose, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."

He said nation who harbored terrorists would be considered a hostile regime.

Earlier, the White House rejected a recommendation from Afghanistan's Grand Islamic Council that the country's ruling Taliban ask bin Laden to leave Afghanistan. (Full story)

Meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, the council members rejected the U.S. demand, delivered by Pakistan, that bin Laden be handed over to stand trial for the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. (Statement)

They also warned the United States that if it attacks, the Taliban would declare a jihad, or holy war, against the United States.

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Latest developments

• In his address to Congress, Bush named Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge as head of the Office of Homeland Security, a soon-to-be created Cabinet-level position reporting to the president.

• Stocks dropped for the fourth straight session in post-terrorist attack trading Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped about 375 points; the Nasdaq fell more than 50 points. (Full story)

• The White House and leaders of both parties in the House have agreed on a $15 billion bailout of the airline industry that includes $5 billion in direct aid, $10 billion in loan guarantees, and much of the liability and insurance protection the industry sought, senior administration and congressional sources said Thursday.

• U.S. officials said Thursday there are increasing indications additional terrorism against American targets is planned. "There are numerous credible threats of varying specificity," said an official on condition he not be identified.

• The number of missing and presumed dead has climbed to 6,333 at New York's World Trade Center, said Mayor Rudy Guiliani. He said other countries had added names of their citizens who were in the complex. He warned that the number could fluxuate because names could be listed by both companies and families. The mayor said the number of injured was now 6,291.

• Describing the economic viability of the U.S. airline industry as an "urgent and critical matter," the Bush administration asked Congress on Thursday to approve a four-point plan to stabilize the airline industry in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks. (Full story)

• The Pentagon has issued deployment orders to Army units, in addition to the dozens of warplanes already ordered to go in the initial buildup of forces in its effort against terrorism. (Full story)

• The Bush administration was on Thursday considering changing the name of its anti-terrorism initiative, which unofficially had been dubbed "Operation Infinite Justice," sources told CNN.

• The U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill said Thursday his department is taking new steps to "disrupt the financial operations" of terrorist groups. "We, for the first time, will systematically use all of the information, intelligence assets that are at the disposal not only of our government but cooperating governments around the world to begin a closing down of bank accounts."

• The Spanish government said Thursday it has granted a U.S. request to use Spanish military bases for a response to last week's terrorist attacks. About 3,100 U.S. troops are stationed at Spain's strategic Rota naval base, and at least 100 others are at Moron air base, both near Seville in southern Spain, Spanish officials said.

• Federal authorities issued temporary restrictions Thursday that prohibit pilots from flying near professional or collegiate sporting events or any other major open-air assembly of people.

• The FBI said Thursday that federal agents had arrested Nabil al-Marabh, a Boston cabdriver who has been linked to an associate of suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden, in connection with the attacks. Officials earlier searched a residence in Detroit looking for al-Marabh, but he was picked up outside Chicago, officials said. (Full story)

• The Afghan opposition Northern Alliance said on Thursday that supreme Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar has gone into hiding. The alliance said it learned of this development by intercepting radio transmissions. (Profile)

• Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said Thursday that Iraq would be willing to help the United States in the wake of last week's attacks on New York and Washington, but only "if the Americans asked" and "for the American people and not the American government." (Full story)

• Rain is adding to the hazards crews face at the World Trade Center site, increasing the risk of workers slipping, of debris falling and of concrete dust turning into heavy mud. Engineers are still monitoring two buildings --- 1 Liberty Plaza and a bank building -- because of the potential of collapse, said Kelley Aasen of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

• Former heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali visited the ruins of the World Trade Center on Thursday. When reporters asked how he felt about the suspects sharing his Islamic faith, Ali said, "Religions all have different names, but they all contain the same truths," adding, "I think the people of our religion should be tolerant and understand people believe different things."

• Former President Bill Clinton and wife Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton joined British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie for a church service at St. Thomas Church in New York in memory of the hundreds of British citizens who died in the attacks. Cherie Blair later visited a midtown New York police precinct and fire house. (Full story)

• A 38-member delegation from the U.S. Senate arrived in New York on Thursday to view the destruction in lower Manhattan. (Full story)

• Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller will visit the site of the fallen World Trade Center Friday. On Thursday, they visited the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, the flight on which some passengers are believed to have fought with the hijackers and forced a crash before reaching its target. (Chronology)

• The Justice Department reported 115 people were in federal custody and that authorities are searching for more than 190 others they want to question in the investigation of the attacks. (Full story)

• In perhaps the most cooperative broadcasting effort ever, at least 27 television networks and dozens of radio stations will air the live special "America: A Tribute to Heroes" Friday. The show is a star-studded benefit for victims of last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. (Special reports)

• Rescue and recovery efforts continue at New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, although hopes of finding survivors have drastically dwindled. More than 5,500 people are feared dead in the attacks.

• World Trade Center leaseholder Larry Silverstein said Thursday he intends to rebuild on the site of the destroyed landmark buildings, but in a different configuration. He said he envisions four or five 50- to 60-story buildings on the site. The original two structures were 110 stories each.

• The FBI is not certain it has correctly identified the names of all of the 19 hijackers involved in the terrorist attacks because some suspects may have come stolen identities, FBI Director Robert Mueller said.

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