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Monday, 11 March, 2002, 17:42 GMT
War on terror progress report
British troops in Afghanistan
British troops continue to play a big role in Afghanistan
The six-month anniversary of the 11 September attacks has been marked with the publication of a dossier listing progress in the global "war against terrorism".

On Monday ceremonies were held both in New York and in Washington to coincide with the moments that planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The coalition that we have assembled has acted in a calm and a measured way and this will continue

Tony Blair
The document, published on the Downing Street website, lists steps taken from military action through to financial sanctions against suspected terrorism.

The Germans have provided special forces support and frozen more than 200 bank accounts as part of their contribution.

While countries as far apart as Japan and Kuwait pledged solidarity with the coalition, the document claims.

A series of European countries such as the Netherlands, the UK and Germany have also passed legislation against terrorism.

The dossier has been produced by the Coalition Information Centre (CIC), a joint initiative set up last year by Washington and London to counter anti-Western propaganda.

International co-operation

So far the UK has been one of the most strongly supportive countries when it came to US action.

Although there is some suggestion of a growing disquiet among backbenchers and in the cabinet amid speculation that the US is planning a military campaign against Iraq.

The UK continues to lead the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) with more than 1700 troops deployed in Afghanistan.

The Department of International Development (DFID) has given 60m towards UK humanitarian assistance.

Tony Blair and Dick Cheney
Mr Blair and Mr Cheney held talks at Downing Street
Other countries including France, Portugal, Italy and Canada have contributed to the military efforts against terrorism, the CIC claims.

While countries such as Cambodia and the Phillipines have made facilities available for coalition forces.

On Monday US vice president Dick Cheney held talks with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair at Downing Street.

Speaking at a joint press conference afterwards Mr Blair stressed the achievements of the coalition since events of 11 September.

Calm action?

He said that ISAF had brought "approaching normality to Afghanistan" and that massive reconstruction efforts were underway in the war-torn country.

But Mr Blair insisted that no decision had been taken on action against Iraq.

Opponents of moves to take on Saddam Hussein have suggested that the coalition would fall apart if Iraq was attacked.

Mr Blair said: "The coalition that we have assembled has acted in a calm and a measured way and this will continue.

"We have also said again right from the outset that the threat of weapons of mass destruction will have to be addressed ...

"No decisions of course have been taken yet on how we proceed, but this is a time when we discuss how important it is that the issue of weapons of mass destruction is properly dealt with."

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