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(CNN) -- Following are selected quotes from the second day of military action against Taliban positions in Afghanistan.

-- Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge at his swearing-in ceremony:

"Liberty is the most precious gift we offer to our citizens. It's what the terrorists fear most, what they tried to destroy on September 11. We will work to ensure that the essential liberty of the American people is protected, that terrorists will not take away our way of life.

"It's called homeland security. While the effort will begin here, it will require the involvement of America at every level."

-- Abdul Salam Zaeef, Taliban ambassador to Pakistan (through translator):

"Last night, attack on the sacred soil of the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan by the United States and by the British forces was a direct violation and a terrorist action done by the silent United States of America.

"This attack is not only on the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan, but this is a terrorist act on all the Muslim world. This is a violation on the sacred soils of all the Muslim world, and this is a disgrace and dishonor to the Muslim world. Since very long the United States of America on different pretexts are making attacks on the Muslim people of the world."

-- U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, on anthrax case:

"We regard this as an investigation that could become a clear criminal investigation... We don't have enough information to know whether this could be related to terrorism or not."

-- U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Negroponte in letter to the world body's Security Council:

"We may find that our self-defense requires further actions with respect to other organizations and other states."

--White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer:

"This is not a war against Osama bin Laden. This is a war against terrorists on multiple fronts. This is about a whole network of terrorists operating around the world with global reach who have the ability to inflict harm on the U.S. and its friends.... If Osama bin Laden was gone today, the war would continue tomorrow."

-- Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers:

"We believe we have made progress in eliminating defense sites around the country... [but] we cannot state with certainty that we destroyed the dozens of command and control and leadership facilities we selected."






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