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A Day that Changed the World

The events of Sept. 11, 2001 changed the world: Islamist terrorists crashed two planes into the towers of the World Trade Center. A third hijacked plane was flown into the Pentagon, while a fourth crashed in a field. In total, around 3,000 people died in the attacks that would spark two wars.

Detox Man versus KSM: The 9/11 Prosecutor's Quest for Transparency

Detox Man versus KSM: The 9/11 Prosecutor's Quest for Transparency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2012

Pre-trial hearings in the prosecution of 9/11 mastermand Khalid Sheikh Mohammed began last week at the US base at Guantanamo. Chief Prosecutor Mark Martins hopes to create as fair a trial as possible, despite the death penalty being almost a foregone conclusion. But the challenges are daunting and the American government is making his task difficult. By Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

Ten Years in Afghanistan: German General Says NATO Mission Has 'Failed'

Ten Years in Afghanistan: German General Says NATO Mission Has 'Failed'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2011

A top German general who was instrumental in planning the Bundeswehr's mission in Afghanistan has said that the intervention has failed and the Taliban will regain power within months of withdrawal. Ten years after the invasion, he is far from alone with his critique. more...


The Terrorist Next Door: American Muslims Face Growing Prejudice

The Terrorist Next Door: American Muslims Face Growing Prejudice

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2011

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, America's Muslims have become the country's internal enemy. Conservative forces have seized upon the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" as a rallying point. Amid all the hate, Americans have lost sight of the real problem: the fact that their country has become paranoid. By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

Interview with Former FBI Agent Ali Soufan: 'We Did Exactly What Al-Qaida Wanted Us to Do'

Interview with Former FBI Agent Ali Soufan: 'We Did Exactly What Al-Qaida Wanted Us to Do'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2011

Former FBI agent Ali Soufan successfully interrogated captured Islamist terrorists after 9/11 without resorting to "enhanced' techniques. In a SPIEGEL interview, he revealed how he got jihadists to talk using tea and trucker magazines and explained how 9/11 could have been prevented. more... Comment ]


Opinion: The Demoralized Nation

Opinion: The Demoralized Nation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2011

The battles waged by the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are further proof of the fact that, on the whole, the country has fought the wrong wars in the wrong places at the wrong time ever since World War II. The Iraq war was like a last gasp. Now Obama is left to administer the twilight years of American hegemony. By Gerhard Spörl more... Comment ]

Bush's Tragic Legacy: How 9/11 Triggered America's Decline

Bush's Tragic Legacy: How 9/11 Triggered America's Decline

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2011

The events of Sept. 11, 2001 led to a wave of solidarity with the US. But the superpower has lost that goodwill over the course of the wars it subsequently waged. Now America is mainly seen not as the victim of terrorism, but as a perpetrator of violence itself. A Commentary by Gregor Peter Schmitz in Washington more... Comment ]


The World from Berlin: 'Germany Is in the Jihadists' Crosshairs'

The World from Berlin: 'Germany Is in the Jihadists' Crosshairs'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2011

Two men were arrested in Berlin on Thursday on suspicion of stockpiling chemicals which could be used to build a bomb. German commentators have praised the work of the security forces, but warn that, as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, more needs to be done to combat terrorism. more...

Opinion: Ten Lost Years

Opinion: Ten Lost Years

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2011

Ten years have passed since Sept. 11, 2001, and today only losers remain. Islam has been taken hostage by blinded ideologues. The West has betrayed its values in its struggle against terror, and we are now burdened with Islamophobes. Without 9/11, the crimes of Anders Behring Breivik and the rise of right-wing populists in Europe would be inconceivable. By Jakob Augstein more... Comment ]


'Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Buildings?': How New Yorkers Tried to Stop the World Trade Center

'Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Buildings?': How New Yorkers Tried to Stop the World Trade Center

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 08, 2011

New York's World Trade Center has been sorely missed since the 9/11 attacks. It's easy to forget, however, that many New Yorkers, such as the small business owners of Manhattan's Radio Row, campaigned against its construction in the 1960s -- to no avail.  By Marc Pitzke in New York more... Comment ]

Suspicious Chemicals: Two Terror Suspects Arrested in Berlin

Suspicious Chemicals: Two Terror Suspects Arrested in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 08, 2011

Police in Berlin arrested two terror suspects on Thursday, raiding their apartments and a Muslim cultural center. The two men allegedly amassed chemicals that could be used to make bombs. more... Comment ]