In a message that was posted in memory of 9/11 and the lives lost, NATO said it unites North America and Europe to keep people safe in a “dangerous world.”

The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, wrote on his Twitter handle on Sunday, September 11, that NATO remembers the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the innocent lives that were lost in the “dark hours”.

In tribute to the September 11 terrorist attacks victims, Stoltenberg wrote, “All for one and one for all.”

21 years after the deadliest terrorist attack to ever occur on American soil, Americans are reportedly mourning 9/11 with silent moments, candlelight vigils, recitation of the names of the victims, volunteer work, and other memorials.

On this day 21 years ago, terrorists hijacked passenger jets and drove them into the Pentagon, the World Trade Center twin towers in New York, and an empty field in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people.

After the Taliban government in Afghanistan refused to hand over Osama bin Laden, the founder of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda and the mastermind of 9/11, the US launched a new “global war on terror” and invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

The then-leader of al-Qaeda at that time resided in Afghanistan, where he oversaw training facilities and devised attack strategies against the US and other nations.

The US-led counterterrorism war in Afghanistan lasted roughly 20 years before US forces withdrew last year, handing power to the Taliban, who are once more held responsible for giving refuge to al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who was recently assassinated by a US drone attack in Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).