The Economic Times reported:
The United States today pledged never to forget the enemy which was responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks in the country 10 years ago and said it will not rest till al-Qaeda is completely destroyed.
"We will not stop. You will not stop until al-Qaeda is not only disrupted, but completely dismantled and ultimately destroyed," Vice President Joe Biden told US soldiers at the 9/11 observance ceremony at the Pentagon.
That's odd, given America's role in growing al Qaeda by funding Bin Laden and the Afghan mujaheddin in their fight against the Russians.
"And along with the intelligence community and the law enforcement community, they relentlessly took the fight to al-Qaeda and its affiliates. They were prepared to follow bin Laden to hell's gate if necessary and they got him," Biden said.
Part of that relentless fight involved capturing al Qaeda on global battlefields and rendering them to Syria and Libya.
Biden's comment seem odder given America's partnership with al Qaeda in taking down Libya's Muammar Gadhafi.
One European official cited the dangerous combination. AFP reported:
Al-Qaeda's north African branch has acquired a stockpile of weapons in Libya, including surface-to-air missiles that are threatening air travel, the EU's counter-terrorism coordinator said Monday.
Add that a key Libyan rebel army leader was one of the rendered. NPR reported
The top commander in the Libyan capital is Abdel Hakim Belhaj, whose Tripoli Brigade had a key role in taking the city.The United States will not rest? Two faced VP Joe Biden faces many sleepless nights.
Belhaj was eventually captured by the CIA in Thailand and was sent back to Libya, where he says he was imprisoned and tortured.
Belhaj has played down his Islamist roots, although he has said he deserves an apology from the CIA for sending him back to Libya.