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By Namo Abdulla 22/9/2014

Washington D.C. - The world forever changed a little more than 13 years ago. It was a crisp, clear morning when four passenger jets were used as missiles. Two passenger jets slammed into the Twin Towers in New York City.  Another airliner slammed into the Pentagon, while a fourth jet headed to America’s capital was derailed by passengers before crashing and killing all on board.

More than 2,700 Americans perished that day. So too did  trust between the East and West. The U.S. attacked Iraq and Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of people died in those countries. American troops stayed for years.

13 years later, terrorism is far from over. Shortly after  the declaration of “the war on terror”, Al Qaeda hit back in London, Madrid among other targets. Racial profiling against U.S. Muslims came into focus. Radicalization of Western Muslims became an issue. A new radical group called the Islamic State has emerged. Its tactics are so barbaric that even Al Qaeda has distanced itself from them.

While many mourn the new world order, there have been some beneficiaries. Kurdistan is far stronger and closer to independence than ever before.

But the most important question is whether the post-9/11 world is a safer? Has the US-led response to terrorism, which has primary been militaristic, been successful? Can we defeat terror groups such as the Islamic State through military means?

Today’s Inside America examines the state of post-9/11 world with the following guests:
- General Anthony Zinni, one of the most respected and outspoken U.S. military leaders of the past two decades who was commander in chief of U.S. Central Command in charge of all American troops  in the Middle East.
- Leila Hilal, a senior fellow for the International Security Program at the New America Foundation.
- Zainab Chaudry of the Council for American Islamic Relations. Thanks for joining us.
- Radwan Masmoudi, president for the Center For Study of Islam and Democracy.




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