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18 Years After 9/11, Jihadism Remains a Global and Local Threat

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Sep 10, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
The 9/11 attacks against the United States were a watershed moment for the jihadist movement.

A photo of the Manhattan skyline shortly after al Qaeda attacked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

18 years ago tomorrow, Osama bin Laden and his jihadist al Qaeda group conducted the most devastating terrorist attacks in history. The attacks in New York and Washington took the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent victims, shaking the entire world to its core. And the aftershocks continue to be felt today -- whether it's in the residual consequences of the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, or the complete overhaul of global air travel security.  Almost two decades later, the United States remains engaged in both Middle Eastern and Afghan theatres. Just this past weekend, the White House pulled the plug on the latest round of peace talks with the Afghan Taliban. And on a local and individual level, the attacks continue to affect the health of survivors and first responders who witnessed the horror firsthand and were exposed to asbestos and other toxic building materials in the process....

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