BERLIN (AFP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said the fight against terrorism has still to be won a decade on from the 9/11 attacks as she defended Germany's unpopular participation in the Afghan conflict Saturday. "bin Laden is dead, but terrorism has not yet been defeated," Merkel said in her weekly video address. She also defended Germany's military role in the conflict in Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden and other Qaeda leaders were based at the time of the organisition's attacks in NY and Washington on Sept 11. 2001. "We must be prepared to fight" to defend democracy, Merkel said, adding that Germany would continue the fight against terrorism alongside its allies.