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Islam controversies cast shadow over 9/11 events

 The proposed site for an Islamic cultural center near ground zero in New York is shown Thursday, Sept. 9,  2010. (AP Photo/David Karp)Thursday, Sept....
 Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center speaks to the media, Friday, Sept.10, 2010  in Gainsville, Fla.  (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
 Afghans shout anti-U.S. slogans as they burn tires and block a highway during a protest in reaction to a small American church's plan to burn copies ...
 A piece of steel from the World Trade Center and a helmet signed by surviving members of New York City Fire Department Station 4 sit front and center...
 Graphic shows the state of reconstruction of the World Trade Center
 FILE - In this undated photo shows damage caused by a hijacked airliner that crashed into the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001,They will read the names, of co...
 Pastor Terry Jones is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at Laguardia airport, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 in New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
 The Tribute in Light shines above the World Trade Center site, bottom, and the lower Manhattan skyline, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 in New York. Saturday ...
 Victims' families walk toward New York City's September 11th Commemoration Ceremony site on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, on the ninth anniversary of the...

NYC Mosque

The proposed site for an Islamic cultural center near ground zero in New York is shown Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/David Karp)Thursday, Sept....

Quran Burning

Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center speaks to the media, Friday, Sept.10, 2010 in Gainsville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

APTOPIX Afghanistan Quran Burning

Afghans shout anti-U.S. slogans as they burn tires and block a highway during a protest in reaction to a small American church's plan to burn copies ...

September 11 Anniversary

A piece of steel from the World Trade Center and a helmet signed by surviving members of New York City Fire Department Station 4 sit front and center...

GROUND ZERO

Graphic shows the state of reconstruction of the World Trade Center

Sept 11 Anniversary

FILE - In this undated photo shows damage caused by a hijacked airliner that crashed into the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001,They will read the names, of co...

Quran Burning

Pastor Terry Jones is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at Laguardia airport, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

APTOPIX Sept 11 Anniversary

The Tribute in Light shines above the World Trade Center site, bottom, and the lower Manhattan skyline, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 in New York. Saturday ...

APTOPIX Sept 11 Anniversary

Victims' families walk toward New York City's September 11th Commemoration Ceremony site on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, on the ninth anniversary of the...

Politics is threatening to overshadow the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Families of more than 2,700 people killed at the World Trade Center will mourn their loved ones by reading their names at an anniversary ceremony Saturday morning. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama plan to attend separate memorial services at the Pentagon and at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where more than 200 others were killed in the 2001 attacks.
But a debate over a planned mosque near ground zero that has polarized the nation could mar the ceremonies.
Thousands are expected at protests both for and against the proposed Islamic center and mosque north of ground zero. Some victims' family members are torn about whether to engage in a political rally on the anniversary of their loved ones' deaths.


Updated : 2020-12-03 12:51 GMT+08:00