Obama says U.S. must renew fight against al Qaeda

Obama says U.S. must renew fight against al Qaeda

President Barack Obama sought to rally Americans behind the war in Afghanistan on the eighth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States as polls show faltering public support for the conflict, Reuters reported.

"Let us renew our resolve against those who perpetrated this barbaric act and plot against us still," Obama said on Friday at a somber ceremony attended by about 500 people under rain-filled skies at the Pentagon.

"In pursuit of al Qaeda and its extremist allies we will never falter," he said, before laying a wreath at a memorial for those killed at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

On that day, American Airlines Flight 77 from Washington's Dulles International Airport smashed into the U.S. military headquarters, killing 125 people, along with the plane's 59 passengers and crew and the five hijackers.

Al Qaeda hijackers took control of four passenger planes on September 11, crashing two into the World Trade Center in New York and a third into the Pentagon. A fourth, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers and crew tried to retake control of the plane.

In all, about 3,000 people were killed.

The edginess that remains after the September 11 attacks was clear on Friday when the U.S. Coast Guard set off a security scare with a training exercise in the heart of the U.S. capital. The exercise took place on the Potomac River near the Pentagon, close to the time Obama was there.

In New York, relatives of those who died in the World Trade Center attack took turns reading the names of the victims, adding personal remarks of remembrance for their loved ones, while flutists and violinists played solemn music.

The reading of the names took place in a small park across the street from the World Trade Center site, which is now a huge construction area where four skyscrapers and a national museum and memorial plaza are planned.

But as Americans mark this year's anniversary, there is growing disquiet over the eight-year-old war in Afghanistan, which the United States invaded in response to the September 11 attacks to root out al Qaeda and topple their Taliban backers.

Opinion polls show waning public support for the war that former President George W. Bush launched as part of his global "war on terror" that came to define his presidency.

The White House is in an internal debate over whether to send additional troops to try to quell the escalating violence, as the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan is expected to ask for thousands more. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Friday, however, that no decision on troop levels was expected for "many, many weeks."

Obama, who ordered the dispatch of 21,000 more U.S. troops earlier this year as part of a new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy targeting al Qaeda and its Taliban allies, has been trying to stiffen American support for a war that has been going badly for the United States and its NATO allies.

In a speech to military veterans last month, Obama called it a "war of necessity" and said those behind the September 11 attacks were plotting to kill more Americans.

The chief plotter of the September 11 attacks, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has never been found, and U.S. officials believe he is hiding in Pakistan's tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

With a record 44 U.S. soldiers dying in Afghanistan in July and last month's Afghan presidential election dogged by allegations of widespread fraud, Obama faces an uphill battle in persuading fellow Democrats in Congress of the need to commit more resources to the war.

The Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin, said on Friday the United States should focus on boosting Afghan troop levels before considering sending more troops.

Levin said he thought U.S. Afghanistan commander General Stanley McChrystal would propose raising the goal for an expanded Afghan army to 240,000 by the year 2013, from the current goal of 140,000.

Polls, meanwhile, show Americans have become less concerned about terrorism, and in a Gallup Poll conducted in June, only 1 percent of respondents mentioned it as the most important problem facing the United States.

There is also soul-searching about the harsh interrogation techniques that the Bush administration sanctioned in the questioning of terrorism suspects after September 11.

A recent Gallup poll showed Americans evenly split on an inquiry ordered by Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder, into CIA interrogation abuses. Former Bush officials, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, have defended the interrogation practices as legal.

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