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Anti-Terrorist Mission Will Be Difficult Warns US Commander - 2001-09-27

The top U.S. military commander says the coming anti-terrorist operations will be among the most difficult the military has ever been asked to undertake.

General Henry Shelton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of the U.S. armed forces, told Pentagon reporters Thursday he is confident U.S. troops are up to the challenge of anti-terrorist operations.

"It will require every bit of their courage, their intellect and their warrior and spirit to hunt down and destroy the groups that are the enemies of the civilized world," the general said.

But General Shelton says more than the military is needed to confront terrorist suspects like Osama bin Laden and his supporters in Afghanistan.

And he and other top defense officials are hinting military action is not imminent.