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telegraphindia.com 11 Sep, 2021 04:45 am

9/11 Terror attacks: Fear, anger and the desire for retribution

9/11 Terror attacks: Fear, anger and the desire for retribution
'The events of September 11, 2001, became the hinge on which all of recent American history would turn, rewriting global alliances, reorganizing the US government, and even changing the feel of daily life'

The US quickly zeroed in on Osama bin Laden though we’ll never know what led them to him.Could it have been the fact that bin Laden’s tribal rival Ahmad Shah Massoud had been assassinated just two days before 9/11 that triggered their suspicions?Security analyst and journalist, Peter Bergen described the Massoud assassination by killers dispatched by bin Laden as “the curtain-raiser for the attacks on New York and Washington”.The US began within weeks bombing Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, aiming to flush out bin Laden.

Would the US have left Afghanistan if they had captured or killed bin Laden immediately?While they were hunting down bin Laden, they thought they would mould Afghanistan into a country that was more acceptable in Western eyes.

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