- Published on Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:20
NEW YORK, Sep.11, 2014 /AAC-ASA/ -- Thirteen years ago, on this day, the United States and the world had experienced a horrific act of terror against our way of life. The coordinated suicide attacks by Al Qaeda on the World Trade Center towers in New York and the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. resulted in a total of 2,977 innocent deaths. Thousands of Americans and other nationals lost their loved ones, a memory that can never be erased from our minds.
Azerbaijan was among the first nations to respond to this vicious attack by opening its airspace and committing troops in support of the U.S. missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. And such response was not incidental. In the course of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with neighboring Armenia, many innocent Azerbaijanis also became victims of the acts of terror, including the 1984 bus explosion killing a mother of two and injuring several others in the capital Baku; the February 1992 massacre in the town of Khojaly, killing 613 civilians, including 106 women and 63 children; the March 1994 subway bomb attack in Baku, killing 14 and injuring 42
The September 11th attacks touched the lives of Azerbaijani-Americans as well. In 2005, U.S. Marine, Lance Corporal Mourad Ragimov of San Diego, California lost his life in a helicopter crash during the U.S. operations in Iraq.
In these difficult times, when America and the rest of the world continue to face various terror threats, from the Middle East to Eastern Ukraine, we join in remembrance of the victims of 9/11 and denounce terrorism in all forms.