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) -- The White House has given government officials detailed instructions about how to observe the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to a

New York Times


The guidelines were issued in two sets of documents, which the


said were "quietly disseminated" by President Barack Obama's administration. The documents, one set of which is for overseas allies of the United States and the other is for domestic observances, reportedly stress awareness that terrorist attacks have occurred in many other parts of the world in the past decade.

The documents for overseas allies says that a "chief goal of our communications is to present a positive, forward-looking narrative," the


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article said.

The paper said it was provided copies of the documents by officials in several of the agencies involved in the planning of activities to commemorate the anniversary of the attacks.

One anonymous official quoted in the article said the "important theme is to show the world how much we realize that 9/11 -- the attacks themselves and violent extremism writ large -- is not 'just about us."


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