NATO’s chief hailed the death of Osama bin Laden today but said the alliance will continue its mission in Afghanistan to ensure the country never again becomes a terrorist haven.
“I congratulate President Barack Obama and all those who made the operation against Osama bin Laden possible,” Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement.
“This is a significant success for the security of NATO allies and all the nations which have joined us in our efforts to combat the scourge of global terrorism to make the world a safer place for all of us.”
Some 140,000 NATO-led troops are deployed in Afghanistan amid growing European public weariness over the war, launched by the United States to fight the al-Qaeda network and its Taliban hosts in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001.
“NATO made clear that it considered the September 11 attacks on the United States an attack against all allies,” said Rasmussen, who also paid tribute to the thousands of victims of terrorism around the world.
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“As terrorism continues to pose a direct threat to our security and international stability, international cooperation remains key and NATO is at the heart of that cooperation,” he added.
“NATO allies and partners will continue their mission to ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for extremism, but develops in peace and security.
“We will continue to stand for the values of freedom, democracy and humanity that Osama bin Laden wanted to defeat.” Agencies