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Bush Says America Helping with Pakistan Quake

President Bush says the United States will help Pakistan recover from an earthquake that has killed more than 25,000 people in Pakistan and 1,400 in Indian Kashmir.

After signing a condolence book at Pakistan's embassy in Washington, President Bush offered his sympathy.

"There has been a lot of loss of life, and Americans pray for those families, who have lost a loved one," he said. "There has been a lot of damage, and we want to help in any way we can."

Pakistan has been an important ally in the fight against the former Taleban rulers in Afghanistan, and in the broader fight against terrorism. President Bush telephoned Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf shortly after the killer quake, and says he told him of America's commitment to help.

"Pakistan is a friend, and America will help," Mr. Bush said. "We have moved a lot of military equipment in the area. We are helping with humanitarian aid, as well. And so, not only will we offer our prayers, but we will offer our help."

Pakistani officials say search and rescue operations for any survivors have ended, and the effort now is to provide relief for millions of people who are hungry and left out in the open.