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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bush Vows to Win Century's '1st War'

WASHINGTON -- Fighting back tears, President George W. Bush vowed Thursday that America would "lead the world to victory" over terrorism in a struggle he termed the first war of the 21st century.

Secretary of State Colin Powell identified Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in Tuesday's attacks in New York and Washington.

"There is a quiet anger in America," Bush said, adding he would travel Friday to New York, site of the World Trade Center twin towers obliterated in fearsome attacks earlier in the week.

Bush spoke as officials said 4,763 people were unaccounted for in New York, where terrorists on Tuesday flew hijacked jetliners full of fuel into first one tower and then the other.

In some rare good news, five fire department workers were pulled alive from the rubble Thursday after being trapped for more than two days in a sport utility vehicle.

The death toll was likely to reach 190 at the Pentagon, which took a similar hit.

With U.S. anger rising as the death count climbed, Congress hastened to vote $20 billion as a first installment on recovery and anti-terrorism efforts. There also was discussion about passage of legislation authorizing a military response to the attacks, although administration officials made clear they believed the president already had the authority he needed.

Two days after the terrorists hit, officials said they believed there had been 18 hijackers in all on four planes -- one crashed in a field in Pennsylvania -- and were pursuing thousands of leads in the investigation.

A few hours after Bush spoke, Powell confirmed publicly what other officials had been saying privately. He said bin Laden, linked to the attacks at U.S. embassies in Africa in August 1998, was the prime suspect in Tuesday's attacks. Bin Laden, an exiled Saudi dissident, uses Afghanistan as his base of operations.

"We are looking at those terrorist organizations who have the kind of capacity that would have been necessary to conduct the kind of attack that we saw," Powell said. Asked later whether he was pointing to bin Laden, he said, "yes."

The president and Powell both said the United States had been in diplomatic contact with Pakistan, and wanted to give the government there an opportunity to cooperate. Pakistan has close ties with the Taliban government of Afghanistan.

One senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said some of the military options under consideration by Bush would go beyond the low-risk unmanned cruise missile strikes that have been deployed in past anti-terrorist operations. Among them: bombings from manned aircraft and the

deployment of special troops on the ground.

At a briefing, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said the administration would mount a "broad and sustained campaign" in retaliation for the attacks. "It's not just simply a matter of capturing people and holding them accountable, but removing the sanctuaries, removing the support systems, ending states who sponsor terrorism," he said.

America's NATO allies bolstered Bush's case for military action, declaring the terrorist attacks an assault on the alliance itself.

For all the planning of retaliation, the United States was struggling to return to business. The Transportation Department began giving clearance for airports to open for the first time since Tuesday. But the New York financial markets remained closed and the National Football League canceled a full slate of games scheduled for this weekend.

Bush said he had consulted a broad range of foreign leaders, had found "universal support" for the United States and expected there would be backing for whatever retaliation he ordered. "I'm pleased with the outpouring of support -- Jiang Zemin, Vladimir Putin," he said, referring to the leaders of China and Russia.

His eyes were red and wet as he ended his news conference, his head and hands trembling slightly as he made his remarks. His eyes still moist, Bush walked a few minutes later into Washington Hospital Center with the first lady to visit victims. Mrs. Bush held her husband's right arm.

In earlier comments to reporters, Bush said firmly, "Now that war has been declared on us, we will lead the world to victory. Victory."

The vast search to uncover the terrorist plot stretched from Miami to Boston to Portland, Maine, and on to Canada and Germany. Up to 50 people were involved in the attack, the Justice Department said, with at least four hijackers trained at U.S. flight schools.

Federal agents in Florida were investigating several men as suspects in the terrorist attacks after searching homes and poring over student records at flight schools across the state. Two men who came to Florida for flight training school a year ago have emerged as suspects in the FBI investigation, witnesses interviewed by the FBI said.

Charlie Voss, a former employee at Huffman Aviation in Venice, Florida, said FBI agents told him Mohamed Atta and another man identified only as Marwan were involved in the attack on the World Trade Center. The men had stayed briefly with Voss in July 2000 while attending flight school. Azzan Ali, a student at Huffman Aviation, identified the second man as Marwan Alshehhi.

Federal agents had warrants to search the Florida homes ofaad into the World Trade Center, The Miami Herald reported Thursday.

German investigators said three terrorists aboard the hijacked planes once lived in Hamburg and were part of an organization formed this year to destroy symbolic U.S. targets. German authorities, acting on tips from the FBI, said they had detained two men in connection with the onslaught and were searching for another.

Two of the men identified by Hamburg police as having perished in the attacks were Atta and Alshehhi, both from the United Arab Emirates.

In New York, the landscape was a haze of gray dust, splayed girders, paper and boulders of broken concrete. Firefighters armed with cameras and listening devices on long poles searched for survivors. German shepherds and golden retrievers clambered over the debris, sniffing. A morgue set up in a Brooks Brothers clothing store received remains a limb at a time.

Work was slowed by hellish bursts of flame and the collapse of the last standing section of one of the towers taken out by the suicide jets. Top floors of an evacuated skyscraper next to the rubble of the World Trade Center towers were also buckling, officials said.

Three financial companies with offices in the complex had nearly 1,400 workers unaccounted for. Marsh & McLennan, an insurance firm, said it had not been able to account for 600 of 1,700 employees; Keefe Bruyette & Woods, a securities firm, said 69 of 172 employees were missing. Cantor Fitzgerald, a bond firm, said 730 people of its 1,000-person staff were missing, according to The New York Times.

More than 3,000 tons of rubble were taken by boat to a former Staten Island garbage dump, where the FBI and other investigators searched for evidence, hoping to find the planes' black boxes for clues to what happened in the final terrifying minutes before the crashes.