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Obama praises 9/11 unity on low-key anniversary

Published on Sep 12, 2012 6:29 AM
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and President Barack Obama stand during a memorial service at the Pentagon on September 11, 2012 in Washington. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - President Barack Obama lauded American unity on Tuesday as the country marked a somber but low-key anniversary of the 9/11 attacks under crisp blue skies poignantly reminiscent of 11 years ago.

"The true legacy of 9/11 will not be one of fear or hate or division," Mr Obama said at the Pentagon near Washington.

"It will be a safer world, a stronger nation, and a people more united than ever before."

Highlighting what he said were the "crippling" blows dealt against Al-Qaeda and the killing last year of Osama bin Laden, Mr Obama said the United States is "even stronger."

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