Sept 7, 2011
Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta today said the potential for another attack by Al-Qaeda in the country ”remains very real”.
Panetta visited the National September 11 Memorial park and museum at the World Trade Centre site here as the US readies to commemorate the 9/11 anniversary.
“They continue to plan attacks and I do not think we can take anything for granted,” Panetta told reporters after visiting Ground Zero.
“The potential for that kind of attack remains very real,” he said adding that Americans must be vigilant against this threat.
He, however added that with some of al-Qaeda’s top leaders, including Osama bin Laden now dead, the terror outfit has weakened in the decade following the 9/11 strikes that killed about 3000 people.
“We can take great pride that since 9/11 we have achieved very significant success in going after Al-Qaeda, in going after Al-Qaeda’s leadership,” he said adding that it is critical to maintain pressure on the terrorist organisation.
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 8:27 am