September 15, 2001 12:41 PM

• President Bush vowed on Saturday to “smoke out of their holes” those behind this week’s attacks on the United States. Bush for the first time said the United States was “at war,” singling out Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden, based in Afghanistan under the protection of its radical Islamic government, the Taliban, as the prime suspect behind the attacks.

• “If he thinks he can hide from the United States and our allies,” Bush said of bin Laden in the President’s radio address on Saturday, “he will be sorely mistaken.” (Through aides last week, bin Laden denied involvement in the attacks, but called them “punishment from almighty Allah.”)

• Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld activated 35,000 reservists out of 50,000 authorized by President Bush to provide “strike-alert” jet fighter protection and perform other duties at domestic military bases.

• has also received reports of U.S. Marines who on Saturday rang family members to say goodbye before being shipped off to a destination that they could not reveal.

• As fearful Afghans began fleeing the country, neighboring Iran prepared to seal its borders against an expected flood of refugees. Afghanistan’s hard-line Taliban rulers, meanwhile, threatened holy war against anyone helping Washington launch attacks on their country.

• The New York Times reported that a senior State Department official met with 15 Arab representatives and told them they must declare their nations part of an international coalition against terrorism, or run the risk of being isolated in the growing conflict.

• In America, 25 people who have been or will be questioned by the FBI about Tuesday’s terrorist attacks are in custody for possible immigration violations, U.S. law enforcement officials said on Saturday. Of the 25, some are cooperating, Justice Department spokeswoman Mindy Tucker was quoted as saying by Reuters. The 25 include two men who were taken off a train in Texas and questioned for two days by the FBI in connection with the attacks.

• The Justice Department’s Mindy Tucker said on Saturday that numerous vehicles and computers have been seized in various locations for analysis, and that more than 12,000 photographs have been taken of the crime scenes where the hijacked planes went down.

• The FBI said on Saturday that it had so far logged about 5,200 calls to a hotline set up for tips on Tuesday’s attacks and that it was adding additional phone lines to handle the flood of calls.

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