Biden calls for unity as US prepares to mark 9/11 attacks

Biden calls for unity as US prepares to mark attacks
Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: On the eve of marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks, US President Joe Biden has urged unity.

In a video released on the eve of the 20th anniversary of September 11 attacks, Mr Biden paid tribute to the 2,977 people who lost their lives.

The US president said: “We honour all those who risked and gave their lives in the minutes, hours, months and years afterwards.”

Mr Biden added: “No matter how much time has passed, these commemorations bring everything painfully back as if you just got the news a few seconds ago.”

He acknowledged the “darker forces of human nature – fear and anger, resentment and violence against Muslim Americans” after the horrific attacks, but said that unity had remained the US’ “greatest strength”.

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the UK, said the attacks had failed “to shake our belief in freedom and democracy”. Among the dead in the 9/11 attacks were 67 UK citizens.

The 9/11 attacks were planned by al-Qaeda from Afghanistan. Four US passenger planes seized by suicide attackers – two of the planes were flown into New York’s World Trade Center.

Another plane crashed into the Pentagon, just outside Washington DC, US capital and a fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers fought back.

On Saturday, President Joe Biden is set to lead commemorations and he is set to visit the three attack sites with the first lady, Jill Biden.

There will also be 6 moments of silence to correspond with the times the two towers of World Trade Center were struck and fell, and the moments the Pentagon was attacked.

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