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Taliban say no al Qaeda or ISIS in Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( )   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/Larry DowningSept 21 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taliban rulers said on Tuesday there was no evidence of Islamic State or al Qaeda militants being in the country, days after Islamic State claimed responsibility for bomb attacks in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected accusations that al Qaeda maintained a presence in Afghanistan and repeated pledges that there would be no attacks on third countries from Afghanistan from militant movements. "We do not see anyone in Afghanistan who has anything to do with al Qaeda," he told a news conference in Kabul. The Taliban were ousted from power by U.S.-led forces in 2001 for refusing to hand over al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks. The Afghan affiliate of Islamic State, known as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), after an old name for the region, first appeared in eastern Afghanistan in 2014 and later made inroads into other areas, particularly the north.
Persons: Osama Bin Laden, Larry Downing, Zabihullah Mujahid, Mujahid, Raju Gopalakrishnan, James Mackenzie, Robert Birsel Organizations: FBI, REUTERS, Islamic, Islamic State, U.S, U.S ., Thomson Locations: Washington, Islamic State, al, Jalalabad, Kabul, al Qaeda, United States, Afghanistan, Qaeda, U.S, Khorasan, Iraq, Syria, Emirate
We need you backREUTERS/Ryan RemiorzIn the months leading up to the terrorist attacks, several senior Delta Force operators decided to retire or leave. "I began work as a contractor to the Department of Energy in May of 2001, having retired from the Delta force in January of 2001," George Hand, a retired Delta Force operator, told Insider. Delta Force operators in Afghanistan, their faces censored to protect their privacy. Delta operators overcame logistical and operational challenges, and the mission was a success, even though Omar wasn't there. Delta Force showed that even in the face of uncertainty and complexity, Americans would avenge a devastating attack on US soil.
Persons: Ryan Remiorz, JSOC, George Hand, Dalton Fury, Delta, Mullah Omar, Al Qaeda, Tora Bora, SecDef, Omar wasn't, Doolittle, Stavros Atlamazoglou Organizations: US Army's Delta Force, Delta Force, Service, World Trade Center, Operations Command, Army's Delta Force, Warfare Development Group, Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Senior, Department of Energy, Delta, Army, Unit, America Delta Force, US Defense, Pentagon, Taliban, Army Special Forces, CIA, Rangers, Rhino, Boat Service, CBS, Defense Department, White, Hellenic Army, 575th Marine Battalion, Johns Hopkins University Locations: Afghanistan, US, China, Russia, Delta, Al Qaeda, Kandahar, Europe
A French soldier leaves with his backpack at the Operational Desert Platform Camp (PfOD) during the Operation Barkhane in Gao, Mali, August 1, 2019. On Sunday, Mali's foreign ministry called objections from Niger to the prospect of a deal with Wagner "unacceptable, unfriendly and condescending". read moreThe French army started redeploying troops from its bases in Kidal, Tessalit and Timbuktu in northern Mali at the start of the month, French army sources have said. The European force in the Sahel so far comprises about 600 troops from nine countries. Reporting by John Irish in Paris; Editing by Bate Felix and Kevin LiffeyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Benoit Tessier, Wagner, Parly, Mali, John Irish, Bate Felix, Kevin Liffey Organizations: REUTERS, France's Armed Forces Minister, Reuters, Russian Wagner Group, ECOWAS, Islamic, French Armed Forces Ministry, Thomson Locations: Gao, Mali, NIAMEY, Niger, Sahel, French, France, al Qaeda, Islamic State, Germany, Paris, Western Sahara, Kidal, Tessalit, Timbuktu
Malian opposition leader Choguel Maiga named transitional prime minister attends the inauguration ceremony of Colonel Assimi Goita the new interim president in Bamako, Mali, June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Amadou Keita/File PhotoDAKAR, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Mali has the right to seek military support from whoever it wants, the prime minister said, after France and other foreign powers expressed alarm at a report that Bamako was approaching Russian mercenaries for assistance. The sources said Russia's the Wagner Group would supply mercenaries to train Mali's military and protect senior officials, based on the deal being negotiated. There are not enough troops," he said, without mentioning specifics about what plans Mali might have or which other parties might be involved. "We can't be stopped from sending trained people to a given country," the prime minister added.
Persons: Choguel Maiga, Assimi Goita, Amadou Keita, Maiga, Mali's Le, they're, Bate Felix, John Irish, Alessandra Prentice, Edmund Blair Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Wagner, U.N, Islamic, Economic, West African States, ECOWAS, Thomson Locations: Bamako, Mali, DAKAR, France, Malian, Russian, Islamic State, al Qaeda, Paris, West Africa's, Germany, West, Kidal, Tessalit, Timbuktu, Sahel, Niger
WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - A drone strike in Kabul last month killed as many as 10 civilians, including seven children, the U.S. military said on Friday, apologizing for what it called a "tragic mistake". In a statement, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the drone strike had killed a Mr. Ahmadi who worked for a non-profit called Nutrition and Education International. REUTERS/Al Drago Read MoreWhile it is rare for senior Pentagon officials, including the defense secretary, to apologize personally for civilians killed in military strikes, the U.S. military does publish reports on civilians killed in operations around the world. Reports had emerged almost immediately that the drone strike in a neighborhood west of Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport had killed civilians including children. Still, the intelligence failure exposed in America's last military strike of its war in Afghanistan raises hard questions about the risks going forward.
Persons: Frank McKenzie, McKenzie, Biden, Lloyd Austin, Mr, Ahmadi, Austin, Al Drago Read, Kabul's Hamid Karzai, Zabihullah Mujahid, Mark Milley, Milley, al, Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali, Patricia Zengerle, Daniel Wallis Organizations: U.S, Pentagon, U.S . Central Command, Marine, Islamic, ISIS, Nutrition, Education, REUTERS, U.S ., Joint Chiefs of Staff, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Kabul, State, U.S, Afghanistan, Islamic State, Khorasan, Arlington , Virginia, Kabul's, al Qaeda, United States
REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/Sept 16 (Reuters) - A U.N. envoy has met Afghanistan's new interior minister who was for years was one of the world's most wanted Islamist militants and is now part of a government trying to head off a humanitarian crisis. "(Haqqani) stressed that U.N. personnel can conduct their work without any hurdle and deliver vital aid to the Afghan people," he said. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told an international aid conference this week that Afghans were facing "perhaps their most perilous hour". Haqqani, head of the eponymous network founded by his father, is one of the FBI's most wanted men with a reward of $10 million for information leading to his arrest. U.S. officials and members of the old U.S.-backed Afghan government for years said the Haqqani network maintained ties with al Qaeda.
Persons: Morteza, Deborah Lyons, Sirajuddin Haqqani, Suhail Shaheen, Antonio Guterres, Lyons, Haqqani, Alasdair Pal, Robert Birsel Organizations: United Nations, REUTERS, Twitter, Haqqani, United, Thomson Locations: Herat, Afghanistan, Kabul, Mazar, Pakistan, United States, al Qaeda
Ahmad Massoud, the leader of an anti-Taliban group based in the Panjshir valley, has hired a DC lobbyist. The Taliban last week said it conquered Panjshir, but Massoud's group rejected this assertion and vowed to keep fighting. Massoud also has the support of some Republicans in Washington, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has reportedly been arranging meetings between Massoud's resistance group and diplomats from the UK and India. The Taliban last week said it conquered Panjshir, but a spokesperson for Massoud's resistance group rejected this, per BBC News. Massoud and his group have vowed to keep fighting, but they're surrounded, are running out of supplies, and desperate for outside support.
Persons: Ahmad Massoud, Massoud, Robert Stryk, Nicolas Maduro's, Joseph Kabila's, George Nader, Trump, Sen, Lindsey Graham, Amrullah Saleh, Massoud's, Sean Hannity's, they'd, Ali Nazary, Panjshir, Kamal Alam, — Ahmad Shah Massoud —, Al, Franklin D, Roosevelt, Antony Blinken Organizations: Taliban, Service, The New York Times, Department of Justice's, Venezuelan, Diplomacy, Lebanese, Sean Hannity's Fox, Times, Haqqani, of, BBC, Atlantic Council, CNBC, — AFP, Agency, Washington Post, British, UN, BBC News Locations: Washington, Panjshir, Stryk, American, India, US, of Afghanistan, United States, , Al Qaeda, Afghanistan, America
ACCRA, Sept 16 (Reuters) - West Africa's main regional bloc on Thursday imposed sanctions against the junta in Guinea and those slowing Mali's post-coup transition - its toughest response yet to a run of military takeovers. The move was agreed at an emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra to respond to last week's putsch in Guinea and perceived slow progress towards constitutional rule in Mali following a coup last year. "In six months elections should be held," said ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou at a briefing. Anyone in Mali hindering preparations for the elections faces the same sanctions as those imposed in Guinea, it said. Coup leaders in Guinea are holding consultations this week with various public figures, groups and business leaders in the country to map a framework for the transition.
Persons: Alpha Conde, Jean, Claude Kassi Brou, Mamady Doumbouya, Samb, Macky Sall, Conde, Assimi Goita, Saliou, Bate Felix, Cooper Inveen, Alessandra Prentice, Andrew Cawthorne, Marguerita Choy, Grant McCool Organizations: Economic, West African States, REUTERS, Islamic State, Thomson Locations: ACCRA, Guinea, Accra, Mali, Central Africa, Conakry, al Qaeda, Dakar
Mr. Blinken faced questions about the Taliban’s fast takeover of the region. “I don’t know, because we’re reviewing it,” Mr. Blinken replied. Mr. Blinken said that the administration’s worst-case planning began “in the spring and summer,” with interagency meetings coordinated by the White House. Mr. Romney asked Mr. Blinken why U.S. troops could not have stayed past Aug. 31, if the Biden administration had been willing to extend the May 1 deadline. In his opening remarks, Mr. Blinken urged the Senate to move faster toward confirming Biden officials, including 80 State Department nominees.
Persons: Antony J, Blinken, Biden, Milley, Biden’s, , Ted Cruz of, droned —, Rand Paul, ” Mr, Ron Johnson, Blinken’s, , Mr, Trump, Mitt Romney, Romney, Marco Rubio, we’d, Scott D, Rubio, Al Qaeda, Josh Hawley, Lloyd J, Austin III, Jake Sullivan, John Barrasso of, Christopher S, Murphy Organizations: Senate, Joint Chiefs of Staff, ” WASHINGTON —, Biden, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, New York Times, Islamic, Republican, Pentagon, Democratic, State Department, Mr, White, Trump, Al, Defense Intelligence Agency, Intelligence, National Security, Taliban, Defense, State, Democrat Locations: Afghanistan, , China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, United States, , Al, Ted Cruz of Texas, Kabul, State, Islamic State, Kentucky, Delaware, Wisconsin, U.S, Utah, Blinken, Florida, Al Qaeda, Republican, Missouri, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Connecticut
On a 2005 trip to Iraq, I wrote a column about spending a night on the U.S.S. Although India had a large Hindu majority, it had had Muslim presidents and a Muslim woman on its Supreme Court. Muslims, including women, had been governors of many Indian states, and Muslims were among the country’s most successful entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, today, Indian nationalism based on pluralism is being weakened by Hindu supremacists in the ruling B.J.P. party, who seem hellbent on converting a secular India into a “Hindu Pakistan,” as the eminent Indian historian Ramachandra Guha once put it.
Persons: Mustapha Ahansal, , , , ” Ahansal, It’s, Ramachandra Guha, Organizations: U.S . Navy, Iraqi Coast Guard, Locations: Iraq, Moroccan American, India, Israel, Brazil, Hungary, Poland, Al Qaeda, Pakistan
The FBI released a newly declassified document on the 9/11 attacks Saturday, as the world marked the 20th anniversary of one of America's darkest days. It details contacts that the hijackers had with Saudi associates in the U.S., but it does not provide evidence that senior Saudi government officials were complicit in the attacks. Victims’ families issued a statement last month saying Biden would not be welcome at any memorial events as long as the documents remained classified. NBC News has approached Saudi Arabia's government, which has long denied having any role in the attacks, for comment. "We look forward to more transparency and releases of information from the administration that finally provide the American people the truth they have long-deserved," Kreindler said.
Persons: Joe Biden, Nawaf, Khalid al, Biden, Barack Obama, George W Bush, , Brett Eagleson, Bruce, ” Jim Kreindler, , Kreindler Organizations: FBI, Saudi, NBC, World Trade, NBC News, Al Qaeda, Saudi Embassy, Justice Department Locations: U.S, America, al Qaeda, Saudi, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Al Qaeda
Why There Hasn’t Been Another 9/11
  + stars: | 2021-09-11 | by ( Daniel Byman | )   time to read: +1 min
Twenty years ago, the 9/11 attacks killed almost 3,000 Americans. Since then, the U.S. homeland hasn’t suffered any comparable terrorist assault, nor even one a tenth of the size. Yet jihadism itself remains strong, as the Taliban’s recent takeover of Afghanistan demonstrates. The U.S. has also suffered some scary near misses over the years, such as when the “underwear bomber” (who also worked with al Qaeda’s Yemen branch) almost detonated a bomb on a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day, 2009. The vast majority of plots in the U.S. have been unsophisticated, however, involving untrained volunteers inspired by ISIS or al Qaeda propaganda.
Persons: hasn’t, al, — Omar Mateen, Organizations: Naval Air Station, ISIS Locations: U.S, Saudi, al Qaeda’s, Yemen, Pensacola , Florida, Afghanistan, Detroit, Florida
At the time of the 9/11 attacks, I was a senior counterterrorism analyst at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., focused on terrorism in and from the Middle East. But as days and weeks morphed into months and years, what we did to counter terrorism did not significantly evolve. U.S. officials from President George W. Bush on down immediately framed our counterterrorism efforts as a war to be won. The United States has never actually fought a “war on terrorism” any more than it has fought a war on crime or drugs. Counterterrorism efforts, therefore, cannot be measured in terms of victory or defeat.
Persons: , George W, Bush Organizations: FBI, Washington , D.C, World Trade, United Airlines Flight, FBI Strategic Information, Operations Center, Intelligence, United, Counterterrorism Locations: Washington ,, Al Qaeda, U.S, ., United States, cybersecurity, Iraq, Syria, Africa, Afghanistan, Africa’s
Special Episode: What Does It Mean to ‘Never Forget’?
  + stars: | 2021-09-11 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Two planes hijacked by Al Qaeda pierced the north and south towers of the World Trade Center. A third slammed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. A fourth crashed in an open field outside Shanksville, Pa. All in less than 90 minutes. What stories do you tell when a casual conversation morphs into a therapy session? In a study of more than 3,000 people, what distinguished the memories of Sept. 11, when compared with ordinary autobiographical memories, was the extreme confidence that people had developed in their altered remembrances. After all, what would it say about you as a New Yorker — as an American — if you didn’t know how you first heard about the Sept. 11 attacks?
Persons: Al Qaeda, William Hirst Organizations: World Trade, New School for Social Research Locations: Arlington , Va, Shanksville, Pa, American
ET, hijackers affiliated with al Qaeda flew American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the Trade Center. "As soon as my turn to speak, it was the loudest explosion I had ever heard and the room went completely dark." At 9:37 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 barreled into the west side of the Pentagon near Wedge 1, where Wills attended a typical staff meeting. "The smoke just bellowed out of the window," Wills said, as the survivors scrambled to construct a human staircase with their bodies to help each other get out of the building. Smoke and flames rise over the Pentagon at about 10 a.m. following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
Persons: Marilyn Wills, Anna Moneymaker, Wills, Lois Stevens, Lois, Lois tugged, couldn't Organizations: Pentagon, Getty Images WASHINGTON, U.S . Army, World Trade, al Qaeda, American Airlines, Trade Center, United Airlines, Trade, U.S . Navy, Getty Locations: Arlington , Virginia, New York
After a two-decade occupation, U.S. forces abruptly pulled out of Afghanistan last month, triggering the collapse of its Western-backed government and the Taliban's dramatic return to power. Some of the mostly young men who spoke to Reuters complained that U.S. forces had not tried to help the Afghan people. "Now there is security and security is good... May God give the Taliban more strength to maintain this (calm) forever," said resident Gul Agha Laghmni. 1/3 A member of Taliban security forces stands guard among crowds of people walking past in a street in Kabul, Afghanistan September 4, 2021. read moreWestern leaders have expressed concern over the outlook for human rights, especially for women, under Taliban rule.
Persons: Abdul Waris, Jalil Ahmad, Gul Agha Laghmni, Stringer Read, Osama bin Laden, al, Shah Raoof, Alasdair Pal, Gareth Jones Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Kabul, United States, U.S, Afghanistan, America, lampposts, al Qaeda, Guantanamo Bay, Islamabad
ET Sept. 11, 2021, 12:03 p.m. And ours.” “On the days that followed Sept. 11, 2001, we were all reminded that unity is possible in America. “That is the America I know.” Read moreAdvertisement Continue reading the main storySept. 11, 2021, 11:38 a.m. ET Sept. 11, 2021, 11:38 a.m. Todd Heisler/The New York Times Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times Todd Heisler/The New York Times Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times Dave Sanders for The New York Times Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Todd Heisler/The New York Times Dave Sanders for The New York Times Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times Todd Heisler/The New York TimesAdvertisement Continue reading the main storySept. 11, 2021, 9:45 a.m.
Persons: Marks, Biden, Kristian Thacker, Tim Klett, , “ There’s, There’s, , Derek Harkin, Candy Dato, Kamala Harris, Pete Marovich, Ms, Harris, George W . Bush, Deb Haaland, Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania, Mr, Bush, Robert Chiarito, “ I’m, German Moreno, Moreno, Omar Juarez, ” Mr, Juarez, Marisa Price, Brenda Holifield, Holifield, bagpipers, Grace, Talia Martino, James B, Read, Greg Kahn, ” Jen Burch, Bonnie Carroll, Beau, ’ George W, George W, Laura Bush, Donald J, Trump, Berlin Omer Messinger, Steve Parsons Rome Massimo Percossi, Hollie Adams, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Queen Elizabeth II, ” Jacinda, Ardern, Canada — Micheál Martin, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Justin Trudeau —, Emmanuel Macron, Jae, Moon, , Juan Carlos I, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s, Douglas D, Jones, chargé d’affaires, Narendra Modi, yGwKBjqzhe — Narendra Modi, Raphael Minder, Andy Newman, Mourning, Cj Gunther, Kenny Holston, Lloyd J, Austin III, Mark, Milley, Austin, Al, “ We’ve, “ That’s, Carl Gajewski, Anna Watts, Nykiah Morgan, Morgan, Dorothy Morgan, Todd Heisler, New York Times Sarahbeth, New York Times Todd Heisler, New York Times Gabriela Bhaskar, Dave Sanders, The New York Times Chang W, Lee, New York Times Chang W, The New York Times Sarahbeth, Thomas Kaplan, Bush’s, Spencer Finch, Vincent Tullo, Debra Burlingame, Afaf Nasher, Burlingame, Charles Burlingame, Steven Rosenbaum, Pamela Yoder, Rosenbaum, Graham Organizations: Pentagon, Credit, The New York Times, New York Fire Department, FDNY, Fire Department, , ., United Airlines Flight, Chicago’s, World Trade Center, Emergency Management, Chicago Fire Department, Conant High School, Hoffman Estates, Taliban, Washington , D.C, Survivors, Delaware Army National Guard, Balad Air Base, , Capitol, Getty, Twitter, U.S, U.S ., NATO, World Trade, Logan International Airport, Boston, Logan International, Shutterstock United Airlines Flight, Los Angeles, American Airlines, United, United States Flag, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Department, CNN, Army, Al, Mr, Trade, New York Times, New York, New York City, Yankee, , Gov, & Museum, New, Islamic, New Yorker Locations: Lower Manhattan, Pennsylvania, Shanksville, Pa, York, Riverside, Manhattan, Bronx, New York, Brooklyn, Miami, Oakland, Chicago, France, America, Westmont, Ill, Hoffman, United States, Afghanistan, Kandahar, Washington ,, Iraq, , Berlin, Windsor, England, Britain, East London, Ireland, Greece, Canada, South Korea, , Madrid, Brussels, U.S, India, Logan, Boston, Los, Arlington , Va, Fort Stewart, Georgia, Al Qaeda, New York City, Washington, Credit, New, Harlem
Balbir Singh Sodhi and his brother Rana Singh Sodhi, both turbaned Sikhs living in Mesa, Arizona, began immediately experiencing harassment the day after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Hoping to curb racism in the area and protect their loved ones, Rana Singh Sodhi said he and his brother swiftly set up meetings with local Sikh leaders. “That person, he killed my brother on Saturday,” Rana Singh Sodhi said. Balbir Singh Sodhi became the first documented hate crime casualty of an avalanche of bias incidents targeting South Asian and Muslim communities that followed. Rana Singh Sodhi said he will continue that work.
Persons: Balbir Singh Sodhi, Rana Singh Sodhi, Frank Silva Roque, ” Rana Singh Sodhi, ” Balbir Singh, , , Osama bin, Simran Jeet Singh, , ” Singh, Balbir Singh, Roque, Singh, George W, Bush, Lakshmi Sridaran, Sridaran, ” Sridaran, it’s, ahistorical Organizations: ” Media, Sikh American Legal Defense, Education Fund, Sikh Coalition, South Asian, USA Patriot, U.S Locations: Mesa , Arizona, Afghanistan, U.S, Al Qaeda, Easterners, Lebanese, Guantanamo, America, Central Asia
Twenty years later, Sally Regenhard still hasn’t buried her lost New York City firefighter son, Christian. “The Bush administration’s failed foreign policy response to the 9/11 attacks discredited the existing leadership of the Republican Party and leading Democrats like Hillary Clinton” who supported the Iraq War, Allen said. “But that political class is more confrontational and enjoys less trust in a nation that has grown more divided,” Allen said. Monica Iken-Murphy, whose husband Michael Iken died on 9/11, holds a photo from their wedding day in 2000, on Sept. 1, 2016 in New York. Arin Parsa, the 14-year-old founder of the Teens for Vaccines advocacy group, said his generation has no memory of Rudy Giuliani being lauded as “America’s mayor” for his leadership in New York City after the attack.
Persons: Sally Regenhard, Christian, John Feal, Kiyoshi Mino, Osama bin, Al, , , Feal, Jon Stewart, Sen, Chuck Schumer, Mark Wilson, Michael J, Allen, George W, Bush, Bush administration’s, Hillary Clinton ”, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, ” Allen, Robert Thompson, Trump, , Jay Leno, ” Thompson, bin Laden, Obama, Joe Biden's, Jamshid Omari “, ” Mino, Monica Iken, Murphy, Michael Iken, Jennifer Weiss, grieves, Hamid Karzai, “ We’ll, Hillary Clinton, America’s, Iken, Regenhard, Christian Regenhard, Andrew Burton, Norman Siegel, Lee S, Cochran, Tom Frey, Rudy Giuliani, Fauci, Douglas Emhoff, Parsa Organizations: New York, World Trade, Army, Al, World Trade Center, Pentagon, Northwestern University, bigots, Republican Party, , Syracuse University, Twitter, Trump, . Army, Afghan National Army, Taliban, NBC, Hamid, Hamid Karzai International Airport, Navy, Getty, & Museum, City, City of New York Office, Medical, WTC, New York City, Teens, Vaccines, U.S . Capitol, Republican, Democratic, America Locations: New York City, United States, Al Qaeda, Pennsylvania, Afghanistan, America, Iraq, Covid, Pakistan, U.S, Kabul, Mino, New York, Saigon, State Khorasan, Manhattan, City of, City, Staten
The War on Terror Shifts to ‘Brainistan’
  + stars: | 2021-09-10 | by ( Tawfik Hamid | )   time to read: +1 min
Twenty years ago, 19 of my fellow Arab Muslims carried out the worst foreign attack on American soil in history. Slipping into the country legally and apparently without raising alarm bells among our intelligence and law-enforcement communities, these members of al Qaeda, a radical Islamist group bent on jihad, crashed two commercial airliners into New York’s World Trade Center towers and a third plane into the Pentagon. They failed with a fourth aircraft because of the actions of courageous and selfless passengers. As a result, nearly 3,000 people were murdered that day, and many more have succumbed to related injuries in the ensuing years. I mention all this not to recall the obvious, but to make the point that such immense harm to our nation could be effected by a small group of dedicated terrorists.
Organizations: Trade, Pentagon, U.S Locations: al Qaeda
REUTERS/Susana Vera/File PhotoUNITED NATIONS, Sept 10 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed on Friday for an injection of cash into Afghanistan to avoid an economic meltdown that would spark a "catastrophic" situation for the Afghan people and be a "gift for terrorist groups." "At the present moment the U.N. is not even able to pay its salaries to its own workers," Guterres told reporters. Al Qaeda and the Islamic State's Afghan affiliate, ISIS-Khorosan, are present in Afghanistan. Both Guterres and U.N. aid chief Martin Griffiths hope that international programs to get cash into war-torn Yemen could be replicated in Afghanistan. "We are permanently engaging with the Taliban and we believe that the dialogue with the Taliban is absolutely essential at the present moment," Guterres said.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Pedro Sanchez, Susana Vera, Deborah Lyons, Guterres, Al Qaeda, Kristalina Georgieva, Martin Griffiths, Michelle Nichols, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: Spain's, REUTERS, UNITED, Islamic, ISIS, Monetary Fund, IMF, UNICEF, World Bank, The United Nations, Thomson Locations: Moncloa, Madrid, Spain, Afghanistan, Al, Afghan, Yemen
An 8-year-old girl I knew on 9/11 was in the plane that hit the Pentagon. Her death and the deaths of nearly 3,000 people changed me, America, and the world forever. When the first plane hit the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m., I was at school in homeroom. In the hours that followed, a friend called to tell me that a little girl we knew was on the plane that hit the Pentagon — American Airlines Flight 77. I would end up writing my master's thesis on Obama's drone war, dissecting his administration's justification for the strikes and questioning whether they really made us more safe.
Persons: he'd, didn't, Zoe Falkenberg, Zoe, I'd, who'd, Mohamed al, — that's, , we'd, Bush, Saddam Hussein's, Barack Obama, Zoe —, Dana, Leslie Whittington, Charles Falkenberg, I've, John Haltiwanger, Zoe's, She's, she's Organizations: Pentagon, Service, World Trade Center, World Trade, School, American Airlines, & Museum, REUTERS, White, America Locations: America, Maryland, Washington, DC, Australia, U.S, Sanaa, Yemen, New York City , Washington, Pennsylvania, Guantanamo, Iraq, Al Qaeda, New York City
Experts also say the post-9/11 war on terror directly fueled the resurgence of far-right extremism. Now, the biggest threat facing the US doesn't come from foreign actors, but those within the country's own borders. When it comes to extremism, the focus within US law enforcement and intelligence agencies has shifted to white supremacist and far-right groups. FBI Director Christopher Wray in March warned senators that domestic extremism was "metastasizing across the country." In many ways, experts say, the most lasting effects of the war on terror relate to how it fueled far-right extremism in the US itself.
Persons: Matt Chandler, Chandler, Christopher Wray, Wray, General Merrick B, Garland, Alejandro Mayorkas, Al Qaeda, Joe Biden, Camila DeChalus, Michael John Null, William Grant Null, Seth, Amira Jadoon, Biden, Al, Antony Blinken, Cynthia Miller, Idriss, jihadism Organizations: Service, Nazi, Department of Homeland Security, ISIS, Al, New, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Seth Herald, US Military Academy, West, Pentagon, Senate Armed Services, Research, American University, Affairs Locations: Charlottesville , Virginia, New America, Washington, Lansing , Michigan, Afghanistan, Iraq, al Qaeda
A person shows US dollars outside an exchange office, remained close since August 15th, following their reopening after Taliban takeover on September 04, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Today, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul is closed and the American soldiers are gone. Abandoned air bases, half-finished construction projects and tens of thousands of untraceable guns litter the countryside, all purchased with American money. To some American officials, paying off a local strongman to guarantee safe passage seemed more reasonable than paying an American defense contractor to bomb their way across the country. Spending American money on Afghan contractors ensured that those dollars would "disappear in Afghanistan, rather than in the Beltway."
Persons: Bilal Guler, America, Brown, Joe Biden, Jonathan Ernst, Al, Ryan Crocker, Marcus Yam, Crocker, Adek Berry, SIGAR, Read, Robert Nickelsberg, Fahim Hashimy, Hashimy, Shadman, Jimin Lai, wasn't, American Stephen Orenstein, Orenstein, Haji Tor Gani, Colonel Gregory Anderson, Tor, Romeo Gacad, Rodney Castleman, Chris Hondros, Richard Boucher, George W, Boucher, Chris Kolenda, Kolenda, Hamid Karzai, Robert E, Durbin, Shah Marai, Rangin Spanta, Hamid Karzai's, Zabihullah Mujahid, Wakil Kohsar Organizations: Anadolu Agency, Getty Images WASHINGTON, Taliban, White, Reuters, Afghan, U.S, Embassy, Los Angeles Times, Afghanistan Reconstruction, AFP, Getty, The Washington, Army, 101st Airborne, U.S . Army, Congress, Bagram Air Base, Hashimy, National Public Radio, Wall Street, YouTube, CNBC, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Defense Department, Bloomberg, Supreme Group, Defense Logistics Agency, Supreme, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, New Yorker, 82nd Airborne Division, Central Asia, Afghan National Army, Command Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, U.S, Washington, Al Qaeda, United States, Eastern Afghanistan, Iraq, Hashimy, Kandahar, Quetta, Shadman, Netherlands, American, Afghan, Zahri, Afghanistan's, South, Central, AFGHANISTAN
UK PM Johnson: 9/11 attacks failed to divide us
  + stars: | 2021-09-10 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses lawmakers about the withdrawal from Afghanistan, in London, Britain September 6, 2021. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERSLONDON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - The Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks in the United States failed to divide those who believe in freedom and democracy, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a video message marking the 20th anniversary of that day. Nearly 3,000 people were killed, including more than 2,600 at the World Trade Center in New York, after hijackers seized control of airplanes and used them to attack the World Trade Center's twin towers and the Pentagon just outside Washington. The message will be played at an event held in London's Olympic Park, where there is a memorial sculpture created from steel salvaged from the collapsed World Trade Center towers. Johnson linked the 9/11 anniversary with the recent return of Taliban rule in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of American, British and other NATO forces.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Jessica Taylor, Handout, Johnson, Osama bin Laden, William James, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS LONDON, World Trade, Trade, Pentagon, NATO, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, London, Britain, al Qaeda, United States, British, New York, Washington, Al Qaeda, U.S
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