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Afghanistan Commemorates September 11, 2001

On the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the deadly attacks on September 11, 2001 that killed over 3,000 people in Washington, D.C., New York and Pennsylvania, President Hamid Karzai solemnly offered his condolences to the people of the United States for the dramatic and painful losses they suffered on that day.

President Karzai also recognized how far Afghanistan had come since the U.S. and its international partners defeated the Taliban in the wake of the 2001 attacks. "We have had a long journey since then. Afghanistan, thank God, has had lots of achievements," he said.

Many challenges remain in Afghanistan, President Karzai also noted. "Unfortunately Afghanistan has also had lots of pain and sorrow since then. Still Afghan children burn in this fire of terrorism; still our people are affected by terrorism," he added.

Ambassador Said T. Jawad attended a ceremony at the Pentagon, where a memorial to the 184 victims of that attack was inaugurated.

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