April 11, 2002 11:00 pm

Anyone who thinks the United States military has operated with little assistance from other nations in its war against terrorism is sorely mistaken.

The United States had been hush-hush about world involvement until Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld shared with reporters that many dozens of countries have joined the U.S. in its war effort. Some have helped openly on the military front, while others have been less open.

By February, coalition forces had contributed about 6,000 troops to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Rumsfeld said, while U.S. forces

totaled something under 5,000.

Here are some of the nations and their contributions, according to the April edition of Air Force Magazine:

Australia: Special operations forces in Afghanistan.

Bahrain: A frigate and associated personnel supporting the effort in Afghanistan.

Canada: More than 2,200 personnel land, air and naval in the region, and a light infantry battle group with 700 personnel and 12 armored reconnaissance vehicles in Kandahar.

Czech Republic: More than 250 personnel in Kuwait performing local training and management support.

Great Britain: A naval task force, aircraft and leadership of the 16-nation ISAF.

Italy: A carrier battle group more than 13 percent of their naval force to support Enduring Freedom combat operations.

Jordan: A hospital in Mazar-e Sharif.

Spain: A hospital in Bagram.

South Korea: Airlift for humanitarian relief supplies and a $45 million pledge for reconstruction aid in Afghanistan.

United Arab Emirates: Airlift of humanitarian supplies.

Other contributing nations not listed above include Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland Portugal, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

The multi-national response should help Americans realize that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 were not merely an assault on the United States. They were attacks against the world.

It is good to know that many nations understand this, and we dont have to stand alone in trying to bring terrorists and terrorism under control.