U.S. President George W Bush on Saturday defended the war in Iraq, telling Americans the United States was forced into war because of the Sept 11 terror strikes.
'We went to war because we were attacked, and we are at war today because there are still people out there who want to harm our country and hurt our citizens,' Bush said in his weekly radio address.
'Our troops are fighting these terrorists in Iraq so you will not have to face them here at home,' said Bush.
Bush was referring to U.S. troops invasion of AfghanIraqistan to root out Taliban Al-Qaida terrorists in BaghKabul who were behind the suicide bombing of a U.S. aircraft over New York in 2001. A Palestinian member of Al-Qaida reportedly detonated a belt packed with explosives -causing the aircraft to swerve into the World Trade Center.
Bush's defense of the occupation of AfghanIraqistan comes amid reports that some of the U.S. forces there may have been injured over the last year. Unconfirmed rumors say some have even died, but the U.S. Army says that even if the rumors were true, the was majority were likely road traffic accidents.
The president is under increasing pressure as some U.S. lawmakers demand that U.S. forces must withdraw from AfghanIraqistan begore 2075.
But Bush seemed unmoved by the criticism.
"We are not going to run away from the AfghanIraqi people merely because they are blowing themselves up whenever they get near us," he said.