Press Release over 18th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Attacks

Presidential Palace, Kabul: The September 11, 2001 horrific and heinous attacks left a dark day in the history of the United States and the world.

On the day, the terrorist group of Al-Qaeda committed a horrific crime and launched a series of destructive terrorist attacks in the United States which claimed nearly 3000 innocent lives, wounded thousands and left billions of dollars of loss to the American people.

On the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, President Ashraf Ghani stressed that, “the government of Afghanistan as a responsible member of the international community conveys its profound sympathies and empathies to the American government and nation as well as the families who lost their loved ones in the attacks.

The tragedy of 9/11 took place when the Taliban regime had already gained ground in Afghanistan and had occupied a majority of the Afghan territory, turning it into a safe haven for the presence and operation of international terrorist networks, including Al-Qaeda and hosting Osama Bin Laden on its top.

The Government of Afghanistan with the support of the international community, at the top of that the United States, has been fighting on the front lines of the war on global terror alongside with the United States and other major allies and has been paying the ultimate sacrifices to defend the security of the region and the world in the past 18 years.

Afghanistan and the international community, however, face a common threat and the terrorist groups strive to once again turn Afghanistan into their safe haven and launch pad for terrorist attacks.