WASHINGTON President Joe Bidenmarkedthe 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, laying a wreath at the Pentagon in a somber commemoration held under a reliable rain and paying tribute to extraordinary Americans who gave their lives on among the nations darkest days.
Sundays ceremony occurred a bit more when compared to a year after Biden ended the long and costly war in Afghanistan that the U.S. and allies launched in reaction to the terror attacks.
Biden noted that even with america left Afghanistan that his administration continues to pursue those in charge of the 9/11 attacks. Last month, Biden announced the U.S. had killed Ayman al-Zawahri, the Al-Qaida leader who helped plot the Sept. 11 attacks, in a clandestine operation.
We shall never forget, we shall never quit, Biden said. Our commitment to preventing another attack on america is without end.
The president was joined by family of the fallen, first responders who was simply at the Pentagon on your day of the attack, and also Defense Department leadership for the annual moment of tribute completed in NEW YORK, the Pentagon and Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
We owe you an unbelievable, incredible debt, Biden said.
In ending the Afghanistan war, the Democratic president followed through on a campaign pledge to create home U.S. troops fromthe countrys longest conflict. However the war concluded chaotically in August 2021, whenthe U.S.-backed Afghan government collapsed, a grisly bombing killed 170 Afghans and13 U.S. troops at Kabuls airport, and a large number of desperate Afghans gathered hoping of escape prior to the final U.S. cargo planes departed on the Hindu Kush.
Biden marked the one-year anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan late last month in low-key fashion. He issued a statement honoring the 13 U.S. troops killed in the bombing at the Kabul airport andspoke by phone with U.S. veteransassisting ongoing efforts to resettle in the usa Afghans who helped the war effort.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday criticized Bidens handling of the finish of the war and noted that the united states has spiraled downward under renewedTaliban rulesince the U.S. withdrawal.
Now, twelve months on from last Augusts disaster, the devastating scale of the fallout from President Bidens decision has enter into sharper focus, McConnell said. Afghanistan has turned into a global pariah. Itseconomy has shrunkby nearly a third. 1 / 2 of its population is currently suffering critical levels offood insecurity.
First ladyJill Bidenwill speak Sunday at the Flight 93 National Memorial Observance in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband attended a commemoration ceremony at the National September 11th Memorial in NY.