President George Bush today named Osama bin Laden as a "prime suspect" being hunted for the terror attacks against the US, as he told America to prepare for a sustained war against global terrorism.

Mr Bush said there would be no "token attack" on the perpetrators of the suicide hijackings, but a "sweeping, sustained and effective" campaign.

His message to the military, including the 50,000 reservists called up on Friday at short notice, was simply: "Get ready".

And the President warned the American people: "You will be asked for your patience, for the conflict will not be short. You will be asked for your strength, for the course to victory may be long."

Mr Bush's more robust language came as he prepared for a Camp David meeting with national security advisers and military chiefs assumed to be sifting through options for revenge attacks.

A vital diplomatic breakthrough for the US came when Pakistan was reported to have agreed to a list of American demands - including permission to use its airspace, base a multinational force within its borders if required and close its border with Afghanistan where bin Laden has his HQ.

In London, Prime Minister Tony Blair held a series of Downing Street meetings and phone calls with officials, advisers, senior ministers and other leaders. No details were disclosed by No 10.

The President said in his weekly radio address to the American nation: "We plan a comprehensive assault on terrorism.

"This is a conflict without battlefields and beachheads, a conflict against opponents who believe they are invisible.

"They will learn the lesson that those who make war against the United States have chosen their own destruction.

"We are planning a broad and sustained campaign to secure our country and battle the evil of terrorism. We will see this through.

"I will not settle for a token act. Our response must be sweeping, sustained and effective.

"Americans are coming together to share their grief and gain strength for one another. This is who we are, this is what our enemies hate and have attacked. This is why we will prevail."

Mr Bush added after his broadcast: "We will find those who did it, we will smoke them out of their holes, we will get them running, we will bring them to justice," Mr Bush said after his address.

"We will not only deal with those who dare attack America, we will deal with those who harbour them, and feed and house them.

"Make no mistake, underneath our tears is the strong determination to win this war and we will win it."

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