KABUL: Marking the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Resolute Support Mission (RSM) in Afghanistan on Friday reiterated its strong commitment not to allow the country to become a safe haven for terrorists once again.
The attacks on 11 September 2001 were a series of four coordinated attacks on the US by the al-Qaeda terrorist group, leading to the killing of as many as 3,000 people and injuries to some 400,000 people.
The 9/11 attacks are cited as one of the key reasons for the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 that saw the toppling of the Taliban regime, which was charged with providing shelter to the al-Qaeda terrorists.
Addressing a ceremony commemorating the 9/11 tragic incident, the commander of NATO’s RSM, General Scott Miller, said “On the eve of IAN [intra-Afghan talks], the Afghan people deserve this moment. They deserve this moment because of the sacrifice of their soldiers, their police, their civilian population, after 40 years of war.”
A statement from RSM said it continued to ensure Afghanistan never again became a safe haven for terrorists. “9/11 affected so many lives. The multi-national coalition still stands strong 19 years later, protecting our homelands from terrorism. To all of you, thank you,” it added.
RSM renewed its support to Afghans, saying “We’ll stand with them. We remain committed to our cause with them. We’ll support them in the peace process. We’ll continue to support them on the battlefield…Their sacrifice is not lost on us.”
This comes as the intra-Afghan talks officially got underway in the Qatari capital of Doha on Saturday to find a political solution to the long-running conflict in Afghanistan.