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Skyline of New Yortk City on September 11, 2001.

"America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism."
President Bush, 11. September 11, 2001. Fulltext

"I was dismayed by news of the despicable terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington in which so many people have lost their lives.The German people stand at the side of the United States of America in this difficult hour."
Letter of Condolence from Chancellor Gerhard Schröder to President Bush. September 11, 2001. Fulltext

Today, the United States, joined by nations throughout the world, is engaged in a sustained effort to identify and destroy a global network of terrorists. This worldwide campaign against terror has many faces, some highly visible, others not:

In Afghanistan, U.S. forces, with coalition support, are conducting military operations to root out and destroy the al Qaeda terror network and its Taliban supporters.

International relief agencies, with U.S. assistance, are providing food, medicine, and shelter for Afghan refugees who have endured the humanitarian disaster over which the Taliban have presided.

Law enforcement agencies are identifying and arresting suspected terrorists, and governments are freezing the financial assets of terrorists and their supporters.

In the United States and around the world, families gather to mourn for the dead of September 11, and to care for the families bereft of sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers.

At the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, workers continue to clear wreckage and begin the process of rebuilding.

Yet out of this pain and loss, we can already see a renewed determination to find the perpetrators of these acts and to defend the values of humanity, diversity, and freedom that unite the world community. How did we reach this time of sorrow and resolve, pain and hope?

Smoke pours from the towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. (AP/WideWorld Photos – Jim Collins)

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