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Bush Calls Attacks ‘Acts of War’

September 12, 2001

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush condemned terrorist attacks in New York and Washington as ``acts of war″ on Wednesday and said he would ask Congress for funding to help in the recovery and to protect the nation’s security.

``This will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil. But good will prevail,″ the president said. He said the nation was prepared to spend ``whatever it takes,″ and pledged to rally other nations to a global battle against terrorism.

Congress convened in the Capitol for the first time since Tuesday’s parallel attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital. Lawmakers hastened to approve legislation declaring the United States was ``entitled to respond under international law.″

Officials said 50 military personnel remained unaccounted for at the Pentagon, as well as an unknown number of civilians.

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