Monday, September 20, 2021

20-year anniversary of terror attacks on US being observed today

The 20-year anniversary of terror attacks on the United States is being observed today. On 11th of September 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed when hijacked commercial jets flew into the twin towers, struck the Pentagon and crashed into a Pennsylvania meadow. The 20th anniversary of the attacks, which were carried out by terrorist group al-Qaeda, falls almost a week after US forces withdrew from Afghanistan ending the war on terror started by the then US President George W Bush’s shortly after the terrorist attacks.

US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will attend memorials in New York and at Shanksville in Pennsylvania – the location of the fallen United Airlines 93 flight. They will also join Vice President Kamala Harris for a service at the Pentagon. A number of services remembering the attacks and honouring victims of 9/11 are being held by US embassies around the world. India paid tribute at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York. India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, TS Tirumurti referred to it as a moving experience. A weekend of tributes are also expected across the US including a light installation at the Pentagon

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