Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001.
US President Joe Biden marked the 21st anniversary of the attacks of September 11, Sunday, during a ceremony which took place in the rain, at the Pentagon.
Sunday's ceremony took place just over a year after the end of the long and costly war in Afghanistan that the United States and its allies launched in response to terrorist attacks.
In ending the war in Afghanistan, the Democratic president followed through on a campaign promise to repatriate US troops from the country's longest conflict.
However, the war came to a chaotic end in August 2021, when the US-backed Afghan government collapsed in the face of a nationwide Taliban advance that brought back the fundamentalist group in power.
A bomb attack, claimed by an extremist group based in Afghanistan, killed 170 Afghans and 13 American soldiers at Kabul airport, where thousands of desperate Afghans gathered in hope to escape before the last American cargo planes take off over the Hindu Kush mountain range.
President Joe Biden participates in a wreath laying ceremony during his visit to the Pentagon in Washington, Sunday, September 11, 2022.
During his speech on Sunday, President Biden is expected to address the impact of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States and the world, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said. .
It will also honor the memory of the approximately 3,000 people killed that day when Al-Qaeda hijackers took control of x27;airliners and crashed them into the New York World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
I think you will hear him talk about how the United States will remain vigilant to the threat, but also look to future threats and challenges, Mr. Kirby asserted.
Mr. Biden quietly marked the one-year anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan late last month. He issued a statement honoring the 13 American soldiers killed in the Kabul airport bombing and spoke on the phone with veterans who helped Afghan collaborators to resettle in the United States.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday criticized Biden's handling of the end of the war in Afghanistan and noted that the country has fallen back under Taliban rule since the United States withdrew.
Now, a year after the disaster […], the devastating scale of the repercussions of President Biden's decision has become a priority, Mr. McConnell said wryly.
Sunday's ceremony took place just over a year after the end of the long and costly war in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan has become a global pariah. Its economy has shrunk by nearly a third and half of its population now suffers from critical levels of food insecurity, he pointed out.
La First Lady Jill Biden will also speak Sunday at the National Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband attended a memorial ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial in New York City.
On the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks and National Day of Service, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to the victims among our neighbors to the south.
< p class="e-p">21 years ago today, the world witnessed the deadliest terrorist attacks in the history of the United States of America, our closest neighbor and ally.
Today, we honor the nearly 3,000 victims of this tragedy from more than 50 countries, including 24 Canadians, and the thousands of others who were injured, he said in a statement. written statement.
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
He also paid tribute to the police, firefighters, paramedics, soldiers and citizens who risked their lives to save the lives of others.
Prime Minister Trudeau also took the opportunity to thank first responders who put their lives on the line every day to keep others safe, especially in Canada.
En this National Day of Service, we remember the generosity people show in the face of tragedy. We are thinking of the people and communities across Canada, like that of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, where residents provided air passengers in distress with hot meals, clean bedding and access to their house to take a hot shower.
They also converted schools, churches and community halls into temporary housing. Their hospitality has shown the world what it means to be Canadian and reminds us that when we come together, we can get through the darkest times.
With information from The Canadian Press