Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Saturday, July 21st, 2018

The 9/11 Anniversary

It can be claimed with certitude that concern about a possible terrorist attack on New York and Washington has somehow grasped two cities and prompted alteration in routine business as New York City police set up vehicle checkpoints and posted rifle-clad officers at train stations. According to creditable reports, calls for suspicious activities have increased more than 25 percent after Thursday's government announcement about possible terrorist attack on the 10th anniversary of historical landmark – the 9/11 attacks.

However, there are emphatic statements to downgrade the possibility of the attacks in order to avoid disruption of people's routine but still the release of reports, ostensibly, has largely worried Americans.
The report is based on a CIA source in Afghanistan, whose previous information to CIA proved true.

According to the data, there are two suicide bombers, one of them American citizen, have penetrated the country and intend to hold attacks exactly on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. According to previously fixed schedule, president Obama and former President George W. Bush, mark the anniversary at Ground Zero.

However, the concern is amplified as documents found from the house of Mastermind of 9/11 attack, Osama bin Laden, killed by US Naval security force, in Abotabbat of Pakistan, denote that he fixated on attacking US on the 9/11 anniversary, but reportedly there would not be any plan for possible change of previous arrangement for the celebration of the anniversary.

In addition, few days ago, two deadly terror attacks poured eyes of Indians and Pakistanis with tears. Both attacks jointly took more than 30 lives and injured around triple of this number.

After these attacks the concerns have amplified in two "security tightened" cities of Washington and New York amidst gruesome situation in Afghanistan after elapse of ten years of international security forces engagement and obliteration of al-Qaeda leader and Mastermind behind 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden.

What do these examples portray? Don't they showcase a reality we all fear to hear?
With all achievements made in Afghanistan and assassination of al-Qaeda still the world is not safe and New Yorkers do not feel safe in their very home town after financing the two costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It has been expressed by Americans that the murderer of 3000 Americans is executed and there is no need further to finance anti-insurgency war in Afghanistan. Because what prompted to post more hundred thousand US troops in Afghanistan was that Taliban leader, Mullah Omer, avoided surrendering the Al-Qaeda leader and stop his regime linkage with his terror network.

Seemingly, if Mullah Omer had surrendered Osama bin Laden to an American court, there wouldn't have been the need to marsh security forces and topple Taliban regime. Now it should be noticed that Osama has gone but Bin Ladenism still exists strongly, and there are hundreds, maybe thousands, who are ready to launch suicide attacks and avenge his death.

All should be alert that terrorism would go further if Americans hesitate about their mission in Afghanistan to obliterate terrorists and their safe hideouts in AfPak areas. Without elimination of these headquarters, neither US and nor its allies can be safe.

They would be targeted if pressures scale down and they find the opportunity to regroup and reorganize the establishment, which has been somehow damaged during past ten years. Thus, all countries should cooperate and unite against terrorism, otherwise similar attacks of Delhi and Quetta would persist.