The Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda assaults in the USA did not divide those that consider in freedom and democracy, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated in a video message marking the twentieth anniversary of that day.
Almost 3,000 individuals had been killed, together with greater than 2,600 on the World Commerce Middle in New York, after hijackers seized management of airplanes and used them to assault the World Commerce Middle’s twin towers and the Pentagon simply exterior Washington.
Sixty-seven British nationals had been among the many lifeless.”Whereas the terrorists imposed their burden of grief and struggling, and whereas the risk persists at this time, we are able to now say with the angle of 20 years that they did not shake our
perception in freedom and democracy,” Johnson stated within the video message.
“They did not drive our nations aside, or trigger us to desert our values, or to dwell in everlasting concern.”The message shall be performed at an occasion held in London’s Olympic Park, the place there’s a memorial sculpture created from
metal salvaged from the collapsed World Commerce Middle towers.
Al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden plotted the 9/11 assaults from inside Afghanistan. That sparked a U.S-led invasion that swiftly toppled the Taliban authorities there in 2001, however Western forces remained within the nation for one more twenty years.
Johnson linked the 9/11 anniversary with the current return of Taliban rule in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of American, British and different NATO forces.
“Latest occasions in Afghanistan solely strengthen our willpower to recollect those that had been taken from us, cherish the survivors and those that nonetheless grieve, and maintain quick to our perception in liberty and democracy, which can at all times prevail over each foe,” he stated.