US President Joe Biden called memory The United States’ joint response to the September 11, 2001 attacks by al Qaeda and a solemn commemoration at the Pentagon on Sunday vowed to “never give up” in the face of terrorist threats.
Biden’s remarks about national unity on the 21st anniversary of the attacks contrasted with his warnings in recent days about dangerous divisions in American society, with some Republicans backing former President Donald Trump’s agenda threatening democracy. Huh.
“I hope we remember that in the midst of these dark days, we dug deep. We took care of each other. And we came together,” Biden said, as it rained down on the soldiers standing behind him , his defense secretary and top general said.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks when al Qaeda hijackers blew up planes at the World Trade Center towers in New York and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, while a fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania.
The passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 overpowered the hijackers and the plane crashed into a field, preventing another target from being hit.
The anniversary comes a year after Biden ended the US-led war in Afghanistan, launched two decades ago to root out the al Qaeda terrorist group. 9/11 attacks After plotting from Afghanistan.
Biden’s chaotic withdrawal of US troops last year and the country’s rapid collapse as a result of the Taliban drew criticism from members of both political parties. But Biden vowed that the fight against terrorism would continue. “We will not rest. We will never forget. We will never give up,” he said.
Last month, Biden authorized a drone strike in Kabul that killed an al Qaeda leader Ayman al-ZawahiriAn Egyptian surgeon with a $25 million bounty on his head and who helped coordinate the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The disclosure of Zawahiri’s presence in Kabul raised questions about the extent to which al-Qaeda is getting shelter from the Taliban.
US military and intelligence officials warned that a complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan could allow al Qaeda as well as the strengthening of Islamic State, and left unchecked, to eventually plot against the United States.
Biden and others argued that the threat from terrorism has spread around the world over the past 21 years, and that there are better ways to combat it than with open military deployment and war.
“Our commitment to preventing another attack on the United States is endless,” Biden assured.
In New York, important moments of 9/11, such as the time when every tower of the World Trade Center collapsed, were marked by a moment of silence after the bell.
The families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks have waited years to see the many people who have been accused of planning and aiding the hijackers who have been prosecuted and convicted, including Self-styled mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed And four others are imprisoned at a US military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
On Sunday, Biden told reporters that “yes, there is a plan for that” — to hold the accused conspirators accountable — but declined to comment further.