Terrorism: October 28, 2002


The initial stages of the Afghanistan campaign drew a lot more international cooperation than was generally reported. A prime example was the naval force in the Indian ocean. There were about a hundred ships from 16 nations. A third of the ships were American, and two thirds were warships (the rest provided supplies and other support.) The non-American ships did a lot of the patrolling, looking for al Qaeda trying to flee the area. Since this fleet was hastily put together, there were some initial communications problems. But eventually everyone agreed to the protocols (format of messages and terms used) employed by the U.S. Pacific Fleet 


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