The man who was once the world’s most notorious terrorist and who claimed to be the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks was killed in a 2011 SEAL team operation in Pakistan. His elimination, however, did not bring peace to the Middle East region, even after 20 years of the US fighting in Afghanistan and George W. Bush’s launching of the “war on terror”.
US President Joe Biden said that al-Qaeda* has been “greatly degraded” in Afghanistan after the United States announced its intention to withdraw all troops by September 11, 2021, 20 years after nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil.
“[A]s we bring to an end America’s longest war and draw down the last of our troops from Afghanistan, al Qaeda is greatly degraded there. But the United States will remain vigilant about the threat from terrorist groups that have metastasized around the world,” Biden stated.
“We will continue to monitor and disrupt any threat to us that emerges from Afghanistan. And we will work to counter terrorist threats to our homeland and our interests in cooperation with allies and partners around the world,” Biden added.
“We followed bin Laden to the gates of hell—and we got him,” Biden said.
Pictures of bin Laden’s body were never seen by the public, and he was reportedly dumped in the ocean after being eliminated.
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