WASHINGTON: The US won’t ever waver in its dedication to prevent another terror attack on the nation and to preserve the American individuals protected, President Joe Biden has vowed, as he marked the tenth anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
The al Qaeda chief who evaded justice for 10 years after the terror assaults of September 11, 2001 met his finish in a covert raid by US particular operations forces on May 1, 2011 in the Pakistani garrison metropolis of Abbottabad.
In a press release on Sunday, Biden, then Vice President, recalled that he joined President Barack Obama and members of the nationwide safety crew, crowded into the Situation Room of the White House in 2011 to watch because the US army delivered lengthy-awaited justice to bin Laden.
“It is a moment I will never forget,” Biden mentioned, whereas praising the intelligence professionals who had painstakingly tracked bin Laden down; the readability and conviction of President Obama in making the decision; the braveness and ability of the American crew on the bottom.
“It had been almost ten years since our nation was attacked on 9/11 and we went to war in Afghanistan, pursuing al Qaeda and its leaders. We followed bin Laden to the gates of hell — and we got him.
“We stored the promise to all those that misplaced family members on 9/11: that we might always remember these we had misplaced, and that the United States won’t ever waver in our dedication to prevent another attack on our homeland and to preserve the American individuals protected,” the president said.
Biden noted that as a result of the efforts taken the US, his administration was bringing to an end the country’s longest war and draw down the last of the American troops from Afghanistan where al Qaeda is now a “tremendously degraded” terror group.
The US and NATO formally began withdrawing their last troops from Afghanistan on Saturday, according to White House and military officials.
President Biden set May 1, 2021 as the official date on which the remaining troops would begin pulling out, although the military has been flying equipment out of the country in recent weeks, according to US media reports.
There are between 2,500-3,500 US troops and about 7,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) soldiers remaining in Afghanistan, the last of whom will leave the war-torn country by the end of September.
Under a deal signed last year between the Taliban militants and the administration of former president Donald Trump, foreign forces were to have left by May 1 while the Taliban held off attacking international troops.
Biden last month pushed back the May 1 pullout, saying some troops would stay on until September 11 this year, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, citing the security situation.
In his statement on Sunday, Biden said the US will “stay vigilant in regards to the risk from terrorist teams which have metastasized all over the world. We will proceed to monitor and disrupt any risk to us that emerges from Afghanistan,” he said.
Biden said the US will work to counter terrorist threats to “our homeland and our pursuits in cooperation with allies and companions all over the world.”
Some 2,442 American troops have been killed, according to the US Defense Department, along with an estimated 3,800 US private security contractors. Over 1,140 troops from NATO countries have been killed.
The US is estimated to have spent over USD 2 trillion in Afghanistan during the course of the war, according to the Costs of War project.
The US and NATO allies entered Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, to find the al-Qaeda perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the US who were being protected by the Taliban leaders in Kabul.
Two months later, al Qaeda leader bin Laden and his fighters were on the run. The world’s most-wanted terrorist was finally located and killed in 2011 by US Navy SEALS in Pakistan.