Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses parliamentarians about the withdrawal from Afghanistan on September 6, 2021 in London, Britain. Handout via UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Reuters
September 10, 2021
LONDON (Reuters) – The September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda attacks in the United States failed to divide those who believe in freedom and democracy, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a video message marking the 20th anniversary of that day said in.
About 3,000 people were killed, including more than 2,600 at the World Trade Center in New York, when hijackers took control of the planes and used them to attack the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon outside Washington. Among the dead were 67 British nationals.
Johnson said in the video message, “The terrorists carried the burden of their misery and suffering and the danger remains to this day, we can now say in the perspective of 20 years that they failed to shake our faith in freedom and democracy.” “
“They failed to tear our nations apart, or to inspire us to abandon our values, or to live in perpetual fear.”
The message will be played at an event in London’s Olympic Park, where there is a commemorative statue made from steel salvaged from the collapsed towers of the World Trade Center.
Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden plotted the 9/11 attacks from within Afghanistan. This led to a US-led invasion that swiftly toppled the Taliban government in 2001, but Western forces remained in the country for two more decades.
Johnson linked the anniversary of 9/11 with the recent return of Taliban rule in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of American, British and other NATO forces.
He said, “The recent events in Afghanistan only reinforce our determination to remember those who were snatched from us, cherish the survivors and those still mourning, and our belief in freedom and democracy.” but persist, which will always prevail over every enemy.”
(Reporting by William James; Editing by Jonathan Otis)