President Joe Biden speaks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Sept. 11, 2023, in Anchorage, Alaska. AP

Biden Calls for Unity as US Observes September 11 Anniversary

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U.S. President Joe Biden said the United States has a duty to protect its democracy and urged Americans to come together as the country marked the 22nd anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

“Unity brought Americans together on that painful day 22 years ago. It shouldn’t take a national tragedy to remind us of the power of national unity,” he said during a ceremony Monday at a military base in Anchorage, Alaska.

“We truly honor those we lost on 9/11 by remembering what we can do together,” Biden said.

The president said he believes the central lesson of September 11 is “that for all our flaws and disagreements, there is nothing we cannot accomplish when we defend with our hearts what makes us unique in the world — our democracy.”

Biden noted that the U.S. intelligence community has recently assessed that the al-Qaida threat from Afghanistan and Pakistan has reached a historic low.

“Our longest war is over, but our commitment for preventing another attack on the United States and our people and allies will never, never rest,” Biden said.

The president said terrorism — including political and ideological violence — is the opposite of all the Untied States stands for as a nation.

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