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Donald Trump pledges to hit Taliban ‘stronger’ than ever on the 9/11 attacks 18th anniversary

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President Trump’s 9/11 speech on Wednesday, like his two predecessors President Barack Obama and George W. Bush, he too denoted the commemoration of the Sept. 11 attacks at the Pentagon. The September Attacks of 2001 led the nation into the longest war in Afghanistan. On its 18th anniversary, a quiet moment of silence was also observed at the Pentagon at 9:47 a.m. The AP reported.

The 9/11 speech came just five days after President Trump ended the US-Taliban peace talks. The US envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad stated that “he was on the edge of a peace deal,” but amidst the peace talks, Taliban continued attacks in the Afghan capital which prompted the US to take a sudden sharp decision.

President Donald Trump in his speech pledged to hit the Taliban “stronger” than ever in recent memory as America marked the 9/11 attacks eighteenth anniversary.

It’s been 18 years since the tragic attack by al-Qaida took place when they hijacked four US passenger aircraft and struck them into the twin towers of World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 individuals were killed in the biggest assault on American soil. 

President Trump remembered the victims, survivors and their families, police officers, firefighters, and said; “for the families that have joined us, this is your anniversary of permanent and personal loss, This is the very tragic day that has replayed in your thoughts numerous times.”

Relatives and families embraced and supported one another and left roses at the commemoration. Some held up placards with pictures of their friends and family whom they lost in the terror assault. 

In his speech, Trump also used harsh words for the Taliban, stating “If anybody sets out to strike our territory, we will react with the full proportion of American power and the iron will of the American people.”

“And if they return under any circumstances to our nation, we will go any place they are and the US power which they have not yet witnessed, he added.

Regarding the end to peace talks, Trump said in his speech that the Taliban had exploded a vehicle bomb in a busy diplomatic area in Kabul on Sept. 5 which killed two soldiers, one US and one Romanian, as well as ten civilians due to which they decided to abort the ongoing peace talks.

According to the Associated Press, many Afghans fear more slaughter to take place between the US and the Taliban after the end to peace talks.

Article Credit:- The National/Associated Press

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