WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released a statement remembering the men and women who lost their lives during the attacks on Sept. 11 in 2001 and 2012, and honored the courageous servicemembers who have and continue to fight the war on terror in order to protect Americans at home and abroad.
“On this date each year the nation gives pause to remember the innocent American lives lost in the horrific terrorist attacks on our homeland 13 years ago. On this same date just two years ago, our enemies struck again when they launched an attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, where we lost four brave American heroes. Let us remember today in prayer the families who are faced everyday with the untimely loss of their loved ones in these tragic events, and extend gratitude to the men and women in uniform who have fought and sacrificed to bring about justice and protect the homeland. Our country pledges to never forget the victims of 9/11 and their families, the first responders, and our military whose lives have since been forever changed.
"Recent events across the Middle East and North Africa serve as a sober reminder on this anniversary that our enemies are resilient. The threat of terrorism remains alive, with al-Qaeda now operating in more countries and controlling more territory than ever before. Our nation also faces the threat of ISIL, who has savagely killed two American citizens and has vowed not to stop there with the pain it wants to inflict on the citizens of our nation. In order to combat the enemy, the United States must remain vigilant and be ready to defend against and defeat those who wish to do us harm. As the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I remain committed to ensuring our servicemembers have the training and resources they need to continue to protect America.”