Yesterday evening President Biden announced that the United States successfully completed a counterterrorism operation that killed Al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Zawahiri was one of the architects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and other assaults on our nation. We are indebted to our brave colleagues who carried out the operation.
The elimination of Zawahiri is a momentous event in the fight against terrorism and the ceaseless effort to keep Americans safe. I know that it holds special meaning for so many of you. Let us take this moment to reflect.
We have colleagues in our Department who are veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, who were drawn to military service by the desire to defend the freedom and liberty that help define America and distinguish it as the greatest country in the world. We have plankholders, colleagues who were drawn to service by the desire to help stand up DHS in 2003 and develop the means to help safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values. We have, in fact, all of you; each of you dedicates your energy, talent, and self to the mission of homeland security.
The tragic events of 9/11 changed our country and the world. It changed the course of life for many, in different ways. You present a shining example of the noble call to service that many undertook.
Our work continues as the threats to our homeland evolve. Our country is indebted to you for your commitment to our mission. Thank you for everything you do in service to our Department and our nation.
Alejandro N. Mayorkas
Secretary of Homeland Security
With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.