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an 11 attack, we're going to take a look at america. terror, industrial complex, the the, the, the part seemed like 20 years ago. it was just never ending funeral in new york for a while to decades own from the worst terror attack in modern history. the world remembers the thousands who died in 911 on the 20th anniversary. we talked to witnesses, were there that day. also this, we continue or in depth investigation and the impact to the american war on terror that followed and speak to former guantanamo detainees. about the horrors they said . they had a found a woman in the next room that led me to believe with my wife being portrait. they
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waved a picture of my children in front of me and asked me where do you think they are now? what do you think happened to me took your way and what does the future now hold and for afghan to stand with a tele back in power of to 20 years, a conflict guns give us their verdict on the us invasion. they bombed our cities. they killed civilians, innocent children, many people were killed. nothing good came out of the american invasion. the americans came to ganeth stand because they wanted to exploit our resources for people like us became their slaves. and when they left, they took everything wisdom. ah, good afternoon from moscow this saturday september, the 11th 2021. you watching out into national with me. kevin. of course today marks the 20th bursary of the worst terror attacks in modern history. they claimed the
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lives of almost 3000 people. when us planes were hijacked and flowed into the twin towers of the world trade center in new york, another a croft was phone into the pentagon. one more crushed into a field in pennsylvania. well this memorial service and chunk fil is just one of many being held across the us today. relatives and friends of those on united airlines flight 93, which crushed to after passengers and crew, tried to regain control through 4 terrace. attend to the ceremony and place candles under the names of the 40 crew and civilians of the $911.00 memorial. former president george bush will also give a speech to the site and just a couple of hours time. while president joe biden is set to join former leaders, bill clinton and barack obama for ceremony in new york by witnesses to those horrendous attacks. recollect that day with a shiver. one l t employee run out onto the streets of new york with his video
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camera after the 1st plane hit. although for all these years, he's not been able to find the strength to watch that footage. until the day of our interview. the. i knew something was terribly wrong and i immediately wanted to get out there. and for some reason i, i wanted to grab my camera, put on my skates, and i by the time i got my skates on that one of the towers had fallen already. and i was just so unbelievable. and so i, i ran outside and there were already crowds of people outside gathering. i just felt i needed to, i wanted to document that i wanted to to be able to to, sir, you know, and, and it's funny that because i did shoot some video and i couldn't look at it later
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. i, i never looked at it. i put it in a box and i just put it away. yeah. the 1st thing i remember was a commercial airliner had flown overhead and everybody just screamed and thought it was coming down also. and everybody sort of ran for cover. and then you could see people with ash on them and they were just walking with just the last 4 eyes. and i was just very unbelievable. and then you saw this plume of smoke. that was what once was the towers and you looked at that and you just couldn't believe that that that skyline was gone. and i think everybody was just in disbelief at the time. i remember the smell that came over the, the city. it was this horrible smell that smell like, i mean i don't,
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i can only describe it as metal and flesh and it was so strong that you could taste it in your mouth. and we were all wondering if we were going to get sick from this. the it's hard, you know, doesn't seem like 20 years ago. all of a sudden and yeah, just you think you lose these emotions and, and they just seem to always sit there somewhere and they, and they come up. you know, i think about it, i think about my friends who've off their family, their friends, i know a lot of people that have lost loved ones and it was just a constant funeral, basically for name after name, after name of people who died. and we saw their life stories on tv,
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and it was just never ending funeral in new york for a while. the media was constantly bombarding us days later with a message that we should live our lives. like normal to show that we beat this. but i was angry wait power, excuse me. i was angry because of people saying we're in big white houses, a lot of security. and they were saying, till go we have our lives and we had to walk around. and we are afraid to go and you know, public places like times square, we just never knew what was going to happen at that point. and i
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remember, you know, thinking i'm going to bring my son into the world. you know, what kind of world is this going to be and, and that scared me. the 911 tragedy led to the american war on terror, the invasion of afghanistan, and with us troops new out of the country. of course artie continues to scrutinize the risk impact that campaigns had on the lives of civilians and soldiers alike. it is a special series of reports called unheard voices. we tell the stories of those directly affected by the long running battle. the will use all tools at our disposal said killed our children to united states was bringing people to watch the site. it was a pointless exercise. 53. rob was in bag lives
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in britain these days. he works for a prisoner rights organization and doesn't look like somebody's lives through the experience of america's worst prison practices. but he knows about the will to well i had to stop telling myself that i'm a father, that i am a son. i'm a husband that i'm a human being, i started to pull myself what i had been told that i was, and that was my number 558. that was my number and going to the in was in may 2002. i was interrogated by the c i and the f b i and they threatened if i did not corporate to send me either to egypt or serious to be further. tortured with us. are you with the enemy? there is no in between and that doctor still stay on the
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line. i think it's quite clear to me that united states respond to the terrible acts of non 11th was vengeance. the war on terror is not a police operation. it's a military operation. why they picked on me. it wasn't just me. they picked on every one. who knows? if anybody's prepared to hand you over to conflict the talk to you, you know, i love the pakistanis and the bill of rights and i'm my parents and i'm a deal national. they handed me over to the masters without any legal possible for me. i was held there for a year in 2002, 2003, and i saw 2 individuals beaten to death by american soldiers.
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these terrorists play by a whole set of different rules. it's going to force us in your words to get me 30 and nasty in order to take them. i will use our tools at our disposal to do so. the boys a few bad apples and isolated incidents one by one. the terrorists are learning the meaning of american justice. for me, this place, i pity my what the united states was doing in afghanistan. they were bringing people to this torture site. afghans ordering africa and abusing them outside of the rule of law and then allowing some of them to go back home and they would go home and tell people what the americans did. by the time i got to guantanamo,
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i was begging to go to guantanamo because what i've seen and witness and background was so destructive to this day. i haven't, i can't sleep. oh, i. several of us was sent to one tunnel, including several taliban members. who now heads of various departments in the government were tortured. we were stripped, we were beaten with spat upon. we were humiliated photographs. this was taken during this period of time. they had a sound. a woman in the next room that led me to believe was my wife being tortured a wave picture of my children in front of me and asked me where do you think they are now, what do you think happened to them the night you took your way and of course, what they wanted me to do was cosign a confession that i was a member of al qaeda, which i was not. and this was, i'd say, send it, i got it. i think i got it better than a lot of the other prison. i
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me, ah, so this is the handmade calendar that i made when i was in guantanamo. i thought that perhaps if i counted the days that it will be easier. but when the days turn 2 weeks and months, and then 2 years, i realize that it was just futile. when i received such letters from my children who are very young at the time, it's actually made it worse to look at the calendar and start the count down the days my children were growing up without me. and every day, without them, with a stab in the heart. and they would come sporadically, they had to be vetted uncensored by the us censorship. my daughter who was 6 at the
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time, wrote a poem, 12345. once i caught official life and they redacted that because they said that has numbers in a numbers could mean some sort of a code. so it was that kind of nonsensical reduction disconnecting from the idea of being a father. ironically and sadly, but also my own personal faith, my belief in god my reading, the koran. and again, an expected li, becoming friends with several of the american soldiers who would bring me little snippets of information. sometimes taking a chocolate. sometime next week and a dvd player and show me a film, lexus, humanity that i have never forgotten to despair. and i think i left guantanamo not hating america because of those soldiers, me
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messages directly from some american soldiers who say that this has been a, a war that has destroyed us as individuals. soldiers, i've spoken to told me that they cannot sleep at night. so i am in no doubt about the, the effect of this war, not just on the individuals, but on the nation as a whole of whom the soldiers representative me has gone to the shop and unity types were destroyed. the united states produced a senate to report on torture, but not a single person was ever bought for charges for these times. recently i gave evidence the international criminal court for their investigations of abuses by americans, and i'm going to send they will investigate to be like states,
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the national army and the taliban. the only ones who responded by threatening the international court was the united states of america. they said that we will sanction all members of the national committee court. we will arrest any members of the i, c. c who come to the usa or elsewhere. the want to investigate us. i think the united states of america needs to step back. if it wants to help any of any assistance to the people who understand it's got in a position to negotiate those conditions. it has, it has been an aggressor. the taliban already made gestures towards russia to its china, to it's the wrong to it's passed on to within an easier would be life states and britain in particular. i think the feeling very upset because this is a defeat. it's a military defeat. however, you want to look at it and not imperial hubris, as it were, will not allow them to say that we need to move forward and continue within negotiations that we began in doha, that they cannot be any more saber rattling. it's no good for the african people
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with bad credit. let us know what the britain or america you've really got to find a way for the day we're going to be hearing more from those whose lives have changed forever by america. the longest war in special coverage called and heard voices. so the set america's war on terror began enough canister with a goal of changing the world for the better. but it ended in chaos with the taliban . seizing control in the u. s. withdrawal being blamed for the havoc that followed next. so senior correspondence takes us through the whole nation from the very day it started and 2000. and that one began with, with largest and pump invade of dust on to fight for freedom to fight terrorism and make the world a better place. 19 years, 10 months and $25.00 days on. this is america's legacy. they're stronger than
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sabotaged equipment. a country bought a ruin and still in control of the talbot. that is the ultimate tragedy of the afghan war at was entirely and violently pointless. years and years of an obliging little questioning media. fooled billions into believing that there was progress that america could win to her victory over the taliban. to taliban fled to the end of the taliban. taliban leadership on the run. and now the question is, how do you handle that success? the the, it wasn't supposed to be this way. the taliban wasn't supposed to sweep the country in mere weeks. the pentagon spent a decade preparing to leave of got a thought. and even though they weren't ready for beef together with our allies,
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we will complete our mission. bear by the end of this year announced a timeline for drawing down our forces. we are working to finally end america as longest war, and it's time to end forever. war the americas proudest movement of the afghan war wasn't supposed to be a humiliating evacuation under the guns of the taliban. but it was, there is absolutely nothing else to celebrate. the united states ended 20 years of war and can stand the longest war in american history. we completed one of the biggest air lists and history with more than 120000 people evacuated to safety
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. no nation, no nation has ever done anything like it in all history. the only the united states had the capacity in a will and believe you to do it and we did it today. where was the afghan army? where was the width and back government? where did all the money go? the united states sank more than a $100000000000.00 in the rebuilding of data stock for reference adjusted for inflation. that is more than the united states sped on the marshall plan to rebuild europe after world war 2. and the tragedy of it is that for a civilian the side from all the american weapons and the taliban pads, berries almost no evidence that any of that money ever passed through here, from broken roads that lead to nowhere to abandon hospitals from twisted contractors and corrupt leaders again,
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this dawn can arguably be called the largest money laundering operation in human history. the united states is also committed to playing a leading role in the reconstruction of afghanistan. a 2021 special inspector general for afghan. a stand reconstruction report found that the united states has spent nearly $7800000000.00 on capital assets in afghanistan, including buildings, transmission lines, and substations roads and bridges, motor vehicles, and aircraft. of that total, nearly 31 percent 2400000000 dollars was spent on assets that were not being used as intended, remained unused, or had been abandoned or destroyed. in 2008, the u. s. department of defense spent $549000000.00 to provide the afghan air force with g to $22.00 military transport planes. a variation of an aircraft that the u. s. air force itself had retired almost 30 years earlier. because replacement parts
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were hard defined to the same conclusion. and the g $222.00 planes that had delivered to f ganna stan 6 years earlier were unceremoniously sold for only $40257.00 as scrap metal. the taliban now controlled more of the country than it did before. the us invaded its new government the field with what dynamo, bay, inmates, and terrorists, medina, dean, who even have american bounties on their heads. what washington achieved was the absolute opposite of what it intended. our war on terror begins without canada, but it does not in there. it will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found. stopped and defeated.
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every fraud, the mission of god, this dawn failed. the taliban is back in power icon in africa in asia, and in the mid least now more powerful than it ever was before. things even worse for that said isis, relentless, ruthless, and remorseless. we must rid the world of terrors, or children and grandchildren can grow up in freedom. we are not nation building again. we are killing terrorists. the the key
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bombing at capital airport during the evacuation epitomized the afghan war, a senseless act, devoid of reason which needlessly cut short so many lives. we will not forgive. we will not forget. we will hunt you down to make you pay. we've heard the same promise before 20 years ago when america was united and when it thought that it could change the world. but it thought it was invincible. and when the people believed a president's promise more, i guess the f r t. couple of get this done. so now with the taliban and almost full control of the country, we've spoken to people in the capital cobble and discovered how the past 20 years american occupation have taken their toll. when i was at school,
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i said my targets in life, but unfortunately now it looks like, oh my dreams have vanished. i can achieve those goals and we're worried about our studies and the prospect of finding work. many of my classmates have left of dentist and mr. malott, i still hope to regain some kind of normal life, but looks difficult. i was almost optimistic before. now with the new system, i am confused. we're facing many difficulties. the body can amik situation, unemployment. we've lost our future. it's in the hands of gods. whether this new government will deliver in 34 provinces of afghanistan, there was peace. 20 years ago. it was a war by the us economic gain. we have won our freedom by sacrifice in the blood of many people, the country's back contract. now, i'm going to stop was progressing 20 years ago and it will advance again now the war happened because the americans invaded our land to serve their own interests. they will not have to reconstruct or develop half kind of stone look how they destroyed or across the ruined airport. and this shows that they were not here to
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help us. when the americans were here, they bombed our cities, they killed civilians, innocent children, many people were killed. nothing good came out to the american invasion. the americans came to ganeth stand because they wanted to exploit our resources. they brought their allies with them. poor people like us became their slaves and when they left, they took everything. wisdom. look what they did to our airport. in the last 20 years, a lot of money has flowed into afghanistan, but not to all people. members of the lead class built up their properties and businesses. ordinary people got nothing. that's told megs to peter obo needs the former chief political commentator. the daily telegraph leader, director of various documentary is about i've got to she turned today. 20 is since the us started this war on terror. hindsight, great senior coast, but how would you rate the success of the american mission enough got to stand and i going to stuff. i didn't,
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i didn't quite agree with some of the voices you had before. i mean, if you look at compact, compact cargo to 20 years ago, it's much more develop, city and women's education, which by the way, it was one of the achievement a soviet period in afghanistan as well on by leaps and bounds. those are just 2 examples. but the war in jeopardy isn't it. of course it is all. i think it is important to wait and see what the taliban actually does in practice. and but those are 2 things which did make a difference. nevertheless, you can't. you can't deny that this has been a traumatic period for the people of afghanistan at the occupation went on too long and i think we surrender. we the west surrendered some of the values of fatness and
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decency, the killings of families and children and so on. it's probably forget, do you think they withdrawal? they've seen so recently in the chaos that happens so quickly around. do you think the u. s. withdrew its forces too soon? they must have known. this is going to happen. what was the plan and why do it so hastily? certainly it is the seems to be a major voice is coming out of europe in particular london. that the us went off on a preemptive on a preemptive strike, to get out in thought to hurried away and say, i think a lot of people are trying to work around the world. what was the urgency? you go through that for 20 years, you put people and all side for that for 20 years, but then you pull out so quickly. i was in a panic and you leave all this mass. why do it?
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i see the argument which we've been hearing half way from the wife's house, which is which is where the decision was made is actually it was always going to be messy. there's no way of having a, a very easy. and they managed hand events are very dynamic, i'm not a where they go when they, when i'm really into today, more about this from you because you know, so such a lot about this and you've got a good head on your head about this. if they went in, was that always the plan that it was? so i was going to be a mess for the time i came out or did they expect some sort of utopia to end up after 2 decades? what was the plan? well, one of the boys, but one of the voices from the, from the white house of 20 years ago was which we were listening to a while ago was of course, that this was a kind of terrorism operation. we were going to go and over america was going to go and i take to be sure on those who carried out the atrocity of
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911 and some stage the project to not get this done did. why didn't to what they originally said wasn't going to happen, which was a nation building or at any rate, re economics and social reconstruction, agitation and so on. and that is the project which has called, obviously come to grief for time come to grief. and although i gain, i think it's important to note that was an element of idealism in a lot of what western countries were trying to do, they would genuinely trying to improve lives. i think it was a mis gossen ambition, but i did think we should snare at it. we go 40 seconds, literally only to think americans learn the lessons from this were leg. go into
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this kind of thing with the say, my days again, all will diplomacy rule more of a war? do you think? i think lesson american has left lunch huge lessons. i think it's or as almost as traumatic for america. this defeats as it was, the same thing happens to the soviet union and actually got rid of because the end of the soviet union, 20 years ago. so it's, it's a massive moment of in america's imperial history. peter urban, former chief, political commentator of the daily telegraph and again, the director of various documentaries about afghanistan. thank you for your time. and i saw look at event spot 20 years ago to the day and how they continue to affect the world since. so miss sombre of a theory of $911.00.


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