Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the country’s diplomats mobilized in the wake of September 11th attacks and 20 years later they continue strive to keep their fellow citizens safe.
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“Looking around this department today, we can see how the attacks changed us and changed our diplomacy,” said Blinken.
“Thousands of diplomats served in Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere in support of the war against al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Thousands more served in new bureaus and roles that didn’t exist before the attacks, like counterterrorism, conflict and stabilization. Virtually every part of the department was mobilized in some way to play a role in preventing another 9/11.”
Blinken’s comments came during a 9/11 commemoration at the State Department on Friday.
On September 11, 2001, two hijacked airplanes crashed into the twin towers in New York, another one into the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania United Flight 93 crashed after passengers overpowered the hijackers.
The 20th anniversary of those attacks is on Saturday.
It comes under the shadow of a frantic withdrawal from Afghanistan, fallen to the same militants whom Americans invaded in order to oust for harboring the al Qaida extremists who plotted the 9/11 terror attacks.