The al Qaeda chief who evaded justice for 10 years after the terror assaults of September 11, 2001 met his finish in a covert raid by US particular operations forces on May 1, 2011 in the Pakistani garrison metropolis of Abbottabad.
In a press release on Sunday, Biden, then Vice President, recalled that he joined President Barack Obama and members of the nationwide safety workforce, crowded into the Situation Room of the White House in 2011 to watch because the US army delivered long-awaited justice to bin Laden.
“It is a second I’ll always remember,” Biden stated, whereas praising the intelligence professionals who had painstakingly tracked bin Laden down; the readability and conviction of President Obama in making the decision; the braveness and talent of the American workforce on the bottom.
“It had been virtually ten years since our nation was attacked on 9/11 and we went to conflict in Afghanistan, pursuing al Qaeda and its leaders. We adopted bin Laden to the gates of hell — and we acquired him.
“We saved the promise to all those that misplaced family members on 9/11: that we might always remember these we had misplaced, and that the United States won’t ever waver in our dedication to prevent another attack on our homeland and to hold the American folks secure,” the president stated.
Biden famous that on account of the efforts taken the US, his administration was bringing to an finish the nation’s longest conflict and draw down the final of the American troops from Afghanistan the place al Qaeda is now a “significantly degraded” terror group.
The US and NATO formally started withdrawing their final troops from Afghanistan on Saturday, in accordance to White House and army officers.
President Biden set May 1, 2021 because the official date on which the remaining troops would start pulling out, though the army has been flying tools in a foreign country in latest weeks, in accordance to US media stories.
There are between 2,500-3,500 US troops and about 7,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) troopers remaining in Afghanistan, the final of whom will depart the war-torn nation by the top of September.
Under a deal signed final yr between the Taliban militants and the administration of former president Donald Trump, international forces had been to have left by May 1 whereas the Taliban held off attacking worldwide troops.
Biden final month pushed again the May 1 pullout, saying some troops would keep on till September 11 this yr, the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 assaults, citing the safety state of affairs.
In his assertion on Sunday, Biden stated the US will “stay vigilant concerning the menace from terrorist teams which have metastasized world wide. We will proceed to monitor and disrupt any menace to us that emerges from Afghanistan,” he stated.
Biden stated the US will work to counter terrorist threats to “our homeland and our pursuits in cooperation with allies and companions world wide.”
Some 2,442 American troops have been killed, in accordance to the US Defense Department, together with an estimated 3,800 US personal safety contractors. Over 1,140 troops from NATO nations have been killed.
The US is estimated to have spent over USD 2 trillion in Afghanistan throughout the course of the conflict, in accordance to the Costs of War challenge.
The US and NATO allies entered Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, to discover the al-Qaeda perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the US who had been being protected by the Taliban leaders in Kabul.
Two months later, al Qaeda chief bin Laden and his fighters had been on the run. The world’s most-wanted terrorist was lastly positioned and killed in 2011 by US Navy SEALS in Pakistan.