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“Each year, 9/11 reminds the Afghans of an event in which they had no role whatsoever,” a statement emailed to news organizations said. “American colonialism shed the blood of tens of thousands of miserable and innocent Afghans.”

Hours later, a Taliban suicide bomber in a large truck blew it up at the gate of a NATO combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan, killing two civilians and injuring 77 U.S. troops. None of the U.S. injuries were life-threatening, the Atlantic alliance said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at his Cabinet’s weekly meeting on Sunday, said Islamist terrorism continued to threaten Israel and urged democracies to “act together against this blight.”

“It is clear that this threat will be incomparably larger if radical Islamic forces or regimes acquire the ultimate weapon — weapons of mass destruction — and then terrorists will stand together and will be able to act under the nuclear umbrella of a radical regime, or even with tools of mass destruction given to them,” Mr. Netanyahu said.

The U.S. and its allies invaded Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, after the Taliban, who then ruled the country, refused to hand over the Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. The al Qaeda leader was at the time living in Afghanistan, where the terror network retained training camps and planned attacks against the U.S. and other countries. Bin Laden was killed four months ago at his Pakistan hideout by U.S. forces.

“Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, my brother’s soul will finally rest in peace,” said Yambem Laba, whose younger brother Jupiter Yambem was among the victims.

Jupiter, an Indian, was a manager at the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center.

About 100 family members and close friends gathered at his ancestral home in the northeastern state of Manipur for prayers Sunday.

“Osama is dead, but the threat from al Qaeda has not ended,” Mr. Laba said.

Associated Press writers Rod McGuirk in Australia, Eileen Ng in Malaysia, Jim Gomez in the Philippines, Jamey Keaten in Paris, Frances D’Emilio in Rome, Harold Heckle in Madrid, Josef Federman in Jerusalem, and Tomoko Hosaka in Japan contributed to this article. Gordon Brown contributed from New Plymouth, New Zealand.