Just days away from the fifth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, George W. Bush has vowed to continue his “war on terror”. Speaking in Atlanta, the US president was rallying public support ahead of the November elections which could hinge on who can guarantee national security: his Republican party or rival Democrats.
“Many Americans look at these events and ask the same question: five years after 9/11, are we safer? The answer is yes, America is safer,” he said. The speech comes a day after the release of five- year-old footage of Osama bin Laden and two of the September 11 terrorist suspects preparing for the attacks which killed almost 3,000 people. The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill to reinstate a special CIA unit to hunt for the al-Qaeda leader at a cost of around 170 million euros. America’s most wanted is believed to be hiding in Afghan mountains near the Pakistan border.