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September 11 marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most devastating tragedies in American history.
Today we remember the 2,977 lives that were tragically lost in New York City, Washington D.C., and Somerset County, Pennsylvania at the hands of 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. When the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, the terrorists were not only attacking our homeland, but the very heart of our nation.
Recently, the world watched as the Taliban, which openly supported and provided sanctuary to al-Qaeda, reimposed its reign of brutality and violence in Afghanistan. The disastrous military withdrawal in August – which led to the Taliban’s return to power, the deaths of 13 American troops, and a refugee crisis – has augmented the suffering of the Afghan people and empowered the very terrorists that the United States spent decades fighting.
Now, America is left with tough realizations about our involvement in our longest war.
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 11: Hon. Newt Gingrich speaks about Trump, Trudeau, and Nieto regarding NAFTA Negotiations at Dentons NAFTA 2.0 Summit on October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul