Delivering his 9/11 speech at the Pentagon early morning on Wednesday, September 11, US President Donald Trump reiterated that the US will continue to hit the Taliban harder than ever before.
“If for any reason they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are & use power the likes of which the US has never used before — & I’m not even talking about nuclear power. They will have never seen anything like what will happen to them.”
Trump’s 9/11 speech on Wednesday came just five days after he called off U.S. talks with the Taliban which lasted for nearly 11 months between the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban representatives in Doha, capital of Qatar.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by Afghan presidential palace on the 18th commemoration of the 9/11 attacks on Wednesday, quoted President Ghani as saying “the government of Afghanistan as a responsible member of the international community expresses deep sympathy and empathy with the American government, nation, and the American families who lost their loved ones in the attacks.”
The statement further noted that the tragedy of 9/11 took place when the Taliban regime had gained ground in Afghanistan and had occupied a majority of the Afghan territory.
It also said that the Taliban had turned Afghanistan into a “safe haven” for the presence and operation of international terrorist networks, including al-Qaida and hosting Osama Bin Laden on its top.
The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
Following the attacks, the United States, accompanied by NATO allies, invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban regime after the regime denied to hand over Osama Bin Laden, al-Qaida leader to the United States.