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Thursday, 11 October, 2001, 23:16 GMT 00:16 UK
Bush pledges 'every weapon' for war
Bush speaks during memorial service at the Pentagon
Bush: The terrorists have no place to run
President George Bush has promised the US armed forces unlimited resources in their fight against global terrorism.

Speaking at a memorial service at the Pentagon, Mr Bush said: "In the missions ahead for the military you will have everything you need - every resource, every weapon, every means to assure full victory".

The hijackers were instruments of evil who died in vain

President Bush
Mr Bush said the United States had "entered a struggle of uncertain duration" but could be certain of the outcome.

The memorial event, which was attended by hundreds of US servicemen and other guests, took place exactly one month after the suicide attacks on New York and Washington.

Speaking on the opposite side of the building from the crash site, Mr Bush paid tribute to Pentagon workers, saying: "The American people will never forget the cruelty that was done here and in New York and in the sky over Pennsylvania".

It was Mr Bush's first visit to the Pentagon since the US-led attacks on Afghanistan began on Sunday.

Promising America would "never relent on this war against terror," Mr Bush said that "one by one we are eliminating power centres of a regime which harbours terrorists".

Mr Bush said the hijackers "struck a symbol of (America's) strength in the world" when they crashed a jetliner into the Pentagon, 60 years to the day since construction began on the building.

Standing ovation

To a standing ovation, the president vowed: "The wound to this building will not be forgotten but it will be repaired brick by brick".

The crash at the Pentagon killed 189 people - 125 in the building and 64 on board the hijacked plane.

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
Rumsfeld: The terrorists have assured their own destruction
The memorial service there was one of a number taking place around the world in memory of the victims of the attacks.

At the site of the ruins of the World Trade Center in New York, recovery workers downed their tools and held a minute's silence at 0848 (1448 GMT), the moment the first of two planes flew into the twin towers.

Speaking from a podium at Ground Zero, city Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said: "In the name of all of those that we've lost here, we remember them, we will always remember them, and to them we will dedicate the rebuilding of New York."

Nearly 5,000 people remain buried under thousands of tons of rubble and Mr Giuliani said it could take another year to fully clear away the debris.

Salvage work is continuing around the clock, but so far only a fifth of the rubble has been removed.

Worldwide tributes

In Rome, Pope John Paul II held a special prayer service in memory of the victims of the "inhumane terrorist attacks" and called for an end to "every trace of rancour, hostility and hatred".

Work stopped as salvage teams remembered the dead
More than 3,000 British firefighters attended a service at St Paul's Cathedral in London in memory of their US counterparts who died in the attacks.

More than 300 New York firefighters were killed when the twin towers collapsed as they tried to rescue people trapped inside the buildings.

In contrast, about 200 religious anti-war protesters in Bangkok, Thailand, used the occasion to march on the US and British embassies and call for an end to military strikes against Afghanistan.

There are also continuing anti-US protests in Indonesia and Iran.

The BBC's Stephen Sackur in Washington
"George Bush is feeling the nation's pain"
The BBC's Elizabeth Blunt
"Mr Rumsfeld said their loved ones had not died in vain"
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