EDITORIAL NOTE: The earlier story titled “Some militant groups in Africa may be drawing inspiration from 9/11 attack: Analyst” has been changed to better reflect the analyst’s views.

Analyst and Senior Research Fellow, Lebohang Pheko, says many of the insurgencies that have taken place in Africa have their origins in the 9/11 attack and are really a response to much that has happened since 9/11 and since 2001.

This comes as the world remembers the 9/11 attacks in the United States (US) 20-years ago, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3000 people.

Four planes full of passengers were used as guided missiles by suicide attackers to crash into landmark areas in New York and Washington on 11 September 2001.

Pheko says that many of the insurgencies have their political genealogy that is connected with al Qaeda.

“When we think about the insurgencies that take place as a result many of them in fact have their origins in the 9/11 and are really a response to much that has happened since 9/11 and since 2001. So if we look for example at the insurgencies that are taking place in places like in Mali, even here next door to us in Mozambique, places like Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, and Sudan many of these certainly have their origin, not so much their origins, but have a political genealogy that is connected with al Qaeda. I do think that it is also important to note that the sort of radicalization that has taken place over the last 20 years is again are partly a response to what has been viewed as the excesses of a US regime.

It is also important to avoid the sort of Islamaphobia. And the linking of all things terrible to Islam and to view this as part of International Relations.”

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George W. Bush calls out the threat of domestic terrorism on 9/11 anniversary

Former President George W. Bush spoke about the threat of domestic terrorism on Saturday (September 11) during a speech to mark 20 years since the September 11, 2001, attacks that occurred during his presidency.

“We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come, not only across borders but from the violence that gathers within,” Bush said. “There are little cultural overlaps between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home … they are children of the same foul spirit, and it is our continuing duty to confront them.”

Bush also called for unity amid growing political division in the U.S.

“When it comes to the unity of America, those days seem distant from our own,” he said. “Malign force seems at work in our common life … so much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear, and resentment.”

Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, appeared at the 9/11 memorial site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed after passengers overcame al Qaeda militants who had hijacked the aircraft.
The 9/11 attacks, which killed 3 000 people in New York, Washington and Shanksville, prompted Bush to launch a US-led invasion of Afghanistan that ousted the Taliban from control in Kabul and sent al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden into hiding.

His administration’s subsequent invasion of Iraq on the erroneous claim that Saddam Hussein’s authoritarian government had illicit weapons of mass destruction diverted resources and attention from Afghanistan, leaving US strategy there adrift, former officials and experts say.

Biden’s withdrawal of remaining US military forces in Afghanistan at the end of August, months after a deadline set by his predecessor Donald Trump, triggered harsh criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, as the lightning-fast Taliban takeover stranded Americans and Afghans seeking to evacuate.

In a July interview with German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Bush called the pullout a mistake and said he worried “the consequences are going to be unbelievably bad.”

Speaking about US veterans who served in Afghanistan, Bush said “you have been a force for good in the world and nothing that has followed can tarnish your honour.”

Additional reporting by Reuters

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