Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Ceremony to Mark Sept. 11 Takes Place under the New Cloud of ISIL

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Ceremony to Mark Sept. 11 Takes Place under the New Cloud of ISIL

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A 9-11 memorial, under the new ISIL cloud

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The reality of a new terrorist fight lingered Thursday over a U.S. ceremony to mark the anniversary of a 13-year-old attack whose effects continue to be felt around the world.

There was a high-profile no-show at a solemn event to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, held at the Colorado Norad facility where Canadian and American military personnel work together on continental security.

The U.S. deputy secretary of defence was supposed to attend. But Robert Work couldn't make it. He was busy in Washington, dealing with the fallout from President Barack Obama's speech announcing plans to expand the fight against Islamist rebels in Iraq and Syria.

One of the speakers referred to that schedule change, to make a point about the anniversary.

"Our international efforts, along with those of Canada, to deal effectively and decisively with the scourge of ISIS is a fitting backdrop to our reflections on the 13th anniversary of 9-11," U.S. Gen. Charles Jacoby, the Norad commander, said in a speech.

"As we work to build a coalition to confront the ISIS threat we also reflect on how, on 9-11, America's friends and allies stood by us, shoulder-to-shoulder.

"And we can say with certainty that no one has stood by us closer than our Canadian partners."

On Wednesday, Obama extended the scope and geographic range of airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, leading an international coalition in a mission with multiple objectives and no end date.

Canada has contributed special-operations soldiers and humanitarian aid in Iraq, but says it won't be militarily involved in Syria.

The Canadian defence minister participated in Thursday's event, which included a wreath-laying ceremony and a speech from the widow of one of the crew members on Flight 93, which was brought down in Pennsylvania before it reached its suspected target: the U. …

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