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Tuesday, 18 September 2001 12:00 AM

U.S. law enforcement officials believe terror cells associated with last week's attacks may still be on the loose in the United States. The FBI and other federal agencies are in a race to track them down before they strike.

Attorney General John Ashcroft said terrorists who attacked the United States last week might have targeted more airliners than the four hijacked. Ashcroft also said 75 people caught up in the probe were being held because of their immigration status.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the U.S. military would take action against nations and organizations that support or tolerate terrorists. He said the war would not end with the capture or death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

Lebanese and Palestinian Muslim religious leaders issued separate fatwas banning Muslim countries from assisting or cooperating with the United States in possible action for last week's terror attacks. The fatwas also prohibited the killing of civilians "whatever their identities may be."

Thousands of people are leaving cities in Afghanistan and heading for rural areas throughout the mountainous country or for Pakistan. Reports from Kabul and Islamabad indicated a massive flow as people fear U.S. retaliation.

Afghanistan's radical ruling Taliban movement called for volunteers to fight a so-called "holy war" if the United States attacked.

Iran has sent a message to the United States via Canada saying it would not oppose targeted military strikes against those guilty of last week's terror attacks, a Canadian newspaper reported.

Legal experts said the United States' self-imposed ban on assassinations might not interfere with any plan to eliminate Osama bin Laden, or hamper the new war on terrorism. As part of that war, Bush administration officials have said they might reverse White House policy barring assassinations, or decide it's not applicable to this situation.

A grand jury has begun work in White Plains, N.Y., to investigate the World Trade Center attacks.

Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien said he planned to meet President Bush in Washington next week, when Canada's participation in the action against terrorism will be discussed.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Othman Taha said the CIA and FBI have been operating in Khartoum as part of a coordinated effort between the two countries to combat terrorism. Taha expressed his satisfaction that U.S. officials did not name Sudan as a possible target after last week's terrorist attacks.

In a week of losses on the stock market there were some winners on Wall Street, including Armor Holdings, Wackenhut Holdings and CompuDyne, all security companies.

Security officials at Los Angeles International Airport said they were confiscating more than 5,000 items a day from passengers. Official said the surge included newly prohibited items such as kitchen utensils, disposable razors and manicure sets packed in carry-on bags.

In the aftermath of last week's terrorist attacks, Fitch Inc. has placed the debt ratings of three major U.S. passenger airlines on Rating Watch Negative. Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Southwest Airlines are affected.

Intelligence and financial market authorities are investigating whether agents of alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden manipulated stock markets in Japan, Europe and the United States before and after last week's devastating terrorist attacks.

First lady Laura Bush urged parents to talk to their children about the terrorism crisis facing America and to reassure them "that we're going to be safe." Mrs. Bush, a mother and former schoolteacher and librarian, made a surprise appearance on Oprah Winfrey's television show.

U.S. Muslim groups condemned the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon as "barbaric and inhumane," and appealed for an end to backlash violence against them. The FBI was singled out for allegedly harassing Muslims and violating their civil rights by entering mosques to question congregants. Cities throughout the United States were reaffirming their commitment to racial equality and ethnic tolerance in the wake of the suicide terrorist attacks. "It's not always easy to confront racism and ethnic intolerance, especially during a national tragedy like the recent attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon," said Dennis W. Archer, mayor of Detroit and president of the National League of Cities.

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