9/11 20 jare later: Survivors still seek justice while Taliban retakes Afghanistan

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged al Qaeda mastermind behind the attacks, and four other accomplices detained at Guantanamo Bay appeared in court for the first time in over a year this week for pretrial hearings following coronavirus delays.

The group faces thousands of charges for murder, terrorisme, and hijacking in connection with the Sept. 11 komplot, wat doodgemaak het 2,977 innocent people. Meer as 2,000 first responders have since died due to 9/11-related illnesses. Tens of thousands of survivors and responders were exposed to hazardous debris.

This March 2003 photo obtained by The Associated Press shows Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, the alleged Sept. 11 baasbrein, shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan.
This March 2003 photo obtained by The Associated Press shows Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan.

This March 2003 photo obtained by The Associated Press shows Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, the alleged Sept. 11 baasbrein, shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan. (AP)

The ensuing war in Afghanistan also claimed the lives of 2,325 Amerikaanse. diens lede, impacting exponentially more people back home.

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“Die 9/11 attacks have so much ripple tragedy inherited through a generation now to follow the families that survived,” said Asra Nomani, an author, aktivis, and former Wall Street Journal reporter. “And we have to remember that justice still has to be served.

The attacks and two decades of war have scarred generations, sy het gese, with children losing parents and parents losing children.

Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs on May 1, 2011, but the terror attacks’ alleged mastermind has yet to go to trial – even though the U.S. has had him in custody for more than 15 jare.

When Mohammed and his alleged accomplices entered a pretrial hearing Tuesday, their first court appearance in more than 500 dae, they were seen glimlaggend.

The quintet have been held at Guantanamo Bay since September 2006 after several years in clandestine CIA detention facilities following their capture.

Mohammed has also taken responsibility for killing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, the man abducted five months after 9/11 while investigating the potential ties between the “skoenbomwerper” Richard Reid and a Pakistani cleric.

LÊER – In hierdie April 15, 2007, lêerfoto, Dr. Judea Pearl, father of American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed by terrorists in 2002, speaks in Miami Beach, Fla. Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday, Jan.. 28, 2021, ordered the release of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh who was convicted and later acquitted in the gruesome beheading of American journalist Pearl in 2002. The court also dismissed an appeal of Sheikh’s acquittal by Pearl’s family. (AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee, lêer)
LÊER - In hierdie April 15, 2007, lêerfoto, Dr. Judea Pearl, father of American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed by terrorists in 2002, speaks in Miami Beach, Fla. Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday, Jan.. 28, 2021, ordered the release of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh who was convicted and later acquitted in the gruesome beheading of American journalist Pearl in 2002. The court also dismissed an appeal of Sheikh's acquittal by Pearl's family. (AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee, lêer)

LÊER – In hierdie April 15, 2007, lêerfoto, Dr. Judea Pearl, father of American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed by terrorists in 2002, speaks in Miami Beach, Fla. Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday, Jan.. 28, 2021, ordered the release of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh who was convicted and later acquitted in the gruesome beheading of American journalist Pearl in 2002. The court also dismissed an appeal of Sheikh’s acquittal by Pearl’s family. (AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee, lêer)

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