Washington, D.C., United States (AHN) – The top American diplomat on Friday reiterated the threat to the cities of New York and Washington D.C. on the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Addressing a select audience at the John Jay School of Criminal Justice, New York, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “This is a time when we are meeting here in New York amid a looking-back as well as a looking-forward, and with the news last night of a specific credible, but unconfirmed, report that al-Qaida again is seeking to harm Americans and, in particular, to target New York and Washington.”
“We are taking this threat seriously. Federal, state, and local authorities are taking all steps to address it,” emphasized Clinton.
Explaining the reason for making the threat public, Clinton said, “And of course, making it public, as was done yesterday, is intended to enlist the millions and millions of New Yorkers and Americans to be the eyes and the ears of vigilance.”
Asking people to “proceed with their lives and do what they would do ordinarily,” Clinton urged them “to be part of this great network of unity and support against those who would wreak violence and evil on innocent people.”
Secretary Clinton highlighted the role of population saying, “Civil society and the private sector have important roles to play. Groups such as Sisters Against Violent Extremism, a group of women in 17 countries around the world who have risked their lives to tell terrorists that they are not welcome in their communities.”
Clinton listed their work saying, “They have written newspaper articles in Yemen, held workshops for young people in Indonesia, brought Indian and Pakistani women together to show a united front. These women know they will not stop extremism everywhere, but they refuse to sit on the sidelines.”
Citing the threat “from al-Qaeda,” becoming “more diffuse,” Clinton said, “We need to expand our efforts to build an international counterterrorism network that is as nimble and adaptive as our adversaries.”
In her speech titled, “Smart Power Approach to Counterterrorism,” ahead of tenth anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks, Clinton lamented the ongoing religious schools in some countries, saying, “Unfortunately, some countries, even some friends,” continue to allow their territory to remain relatively permissive operating environments for terrorist financiers and facilitators.”
Clinton promised Washington would wage a “relentless” campaign against it and, announced the “upgrading our office devoted to counterterrorism to a full-fledged bureau within the State Department,” with the upcoming launch of a Global Counterterrorism Forum, a signature initiative of the Obama administration to create a collective international effort to fight the war against terrorism.
It will be launched officially in New York at the level of foreign ministers on the margins of the General Assembly meetings of United Nations later this month, the State Department announced on Friday.
“The GCTF will be a new, informal, multilateral CT (counter-terrorism) body that will focus on identifying critical civilian CT needs, mobilizing the necessary expertise and resources to address these issues and build global political will,” wrote a fact sheet distributed by the U.S. State Department.
According to the State Department, the group with both the United States and Turkey as co-chairs, will include Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.