On 11 September 2001, the deadliest assault in US historical past killed practically 3,000 individuals and injured greater than 6,000 when hijacked passenger flights crashed into the World Commerce Centre, the Pentagon and right into a subject in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
We honour the reminiscence of those that misplaced their lives on today, 20 years in the past. The victims of terrorism aren’t forgotten. I specific my heartfelt sympathy to the American individuals, particularly those that misplaced their family members within the assaults. Terror assaults are assaults towards us all.
9/11 marked a flip in historical past. It basically modified the worldwide political agenda – for the primary time ever, NATO invoked Article 5, permitting its members to reply collectively in self-defense, and it launched the struggle towards Afghanistan.
20 years on, terrorist teams similar to Al Qaida and Da’esh stay energetic and virulent in lots of components of the world, for instance within the Sahel, Center East and Afghanistan. Their assaults have brought on hundreds of victims around the globe, huge ache and struggling. They try and destroy lives, injury communities and alter our lifestyle. Searching for to destabilise nations as an entire, they prey particularly on fragile societies, but in addition our Western democracies and the values we stand for. They remind us that terrorism is a risk we stay with every single day.
Now, as then, we stand decided to struggle terrorism in all its types, wherever. We stand in admiration, humility and gratitude to those that danger their lives to guard us from this risk and to those that reply within the aftermath of assaults.
Our counter-terrorism expertise has taught us that there are not any simple solutions, or fast fixes. Responding to terrorism and violent extremism by power and army would possibly alone won’t assist to win hearts and minds. The EU has due to this fact taken an built-in strategy, addressing the basis causes of violent extremism, chopping off terrorists’ financing sources and curbing terrorist content material on-line. 5 EU safety and defence missions around the globe are mandated to contribute to the struggle towards terrorism. In all our efforts, we commit to guard harmless lives, our residents and our values, in addition to uphold human rights and worldwide legislation.
The current occasions in Afghanistan oblige us to rethink our strategy, working with our strategic companions, similar to the USA and thru multilateral efforts, together with with the United Nations, the International Coalition to Defeat Da’esh and the International Counter Terrorism Discussion board (GCTF).
On today, we must always not neglect that the one manner ahead is to face united and agency towards all who search to wreck and divide our societies. The EU will proceed to work along with the USA and all its companions to make this world a safer place.