A Taliban video published earlier this summer justified the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as caused by the United States’ “interventionist policies.”
“This heavy slap on their dark faces was the consequence of their interventionist policies and not our doing,” reads a voice in the video showing United Airlines flight 175 hitting the World Trade Center. The video, entitled “Umari Army (6)” was produced by Taliban’s official media arm Al-Emara.
The video was shared with the public by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ (FDD) and an article about it was published in the NGO’s Long War Journal.
In 2001, Mullah Omar Mohammad, a former leader of the Taliban, gave an interview with Voice of America, in which he, too, explained that “America deserved the 9/11 attacks.” That interview was published then by The Guardian.
“Everyone is afraid of America and wants to please it,” said Omar, as he confirmed that the Taliban would not give up Osama bin Laden. “But Americans will not be able to prevent such acts like the one that has just occurred because America has taken Islam hostage.
“America has created the evil that is attacking it,” added Omar. “The evil will not disappear even if I die and Osama dies and others die. The US should step back and review its policy. It should stop trying to impose its empire on the rest of the world, especially on Islamic countries.”
The “Umari Army (6)” video also includes a statement claiming that the Taliban “shall never accept a single occupying soldier,” according to the Long War Journal.
Nearly 3,000 people died in the September 11 attacks, in which hijacked airplanes crashed into New York’s World Trade Center. Please also headed toward the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C. and a field in Pennsylvania.
On Saturday night, US President Donald Trump tweeted that he had canceled planned peace negotiations with the Taliban after they admitted to carrying out an attack in Kabul in which a US soldier and 11 others died.
What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?” wrote Trump. “They didn’t, they only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?”
Taliban fighters, who now control more territory than at any time since 2001, launched fresh assaults on the northern cities of Kunduz and Pul-e Khumri over the past week and carried out two major suicide bombings in the capital Kabul.