War-weary US marks 12th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
NEW YORK (AFP) - War-weary Americans on Wednesday marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, with President Barack Obama - for now holding fire on Syria - saying force alone cannot "build the world we seek."
In New York, the US capital Washington and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, relatives of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the hijacked airliners and on the ground gathered for somber remembrance ceremonies.
"Our hearts still ache for the futures snatched away, the lives that might have been," Mr Obama said at the Pentagon, where 184 died when one of the planes struck the building.
"They left this Earth. They slipped from our grasp." US troops invaded Afghanistan shortly after the 9/11 attacks to oust the Taleban for giving refuge to Al-Qaeda, and Mr Obama gave thanks to the American forces who served there - but noted the war was now coming to a close.