KABUL (PAN): On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United
States, the Taliban reiterated on Saturday their demand for an independent
and impartial investigation into the incident.
About 3,000 people were killed in the attacks on the Pentagon and the World
Trade Centre in New York on the morning of September 11, 2001 when 19
hijackers took control of four commercial airliners en route to San
Francisco and Los Angeles.
Five hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade
Centre's North Tower and another five hit the South Tower with the United
Airlines Flight 175.
Following resistance from passengers, several hijackers flew American
Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, with a fourth plane crashed near
The US invaded Afghanistan a month later, blaming the Al Qaeda and Taliban
for the assaults on the centres of its military and economic might. Ten
years on, the war in the impoverished Central Asian continues.
Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said the movement had long been seeking a
neutral probe into the incident. "But the US and its allies are responding
to our logical demand with airstrikes and attacks."
The killing of tens of thousands of innocent Afghans on the pretext of
avenging the 9/11 attacks would be a perpetual question mark over Western
democracy, Mujahid said in a statement.
He urged the countries involved in the conflict to mount pressure on the US
not to plunder Afghanistan's natural resources under the garb of the war on
[Evidence now available from various sources, including recently
declassified U.S. State Department documents, shows that the Taliban regime
led by Mullah Mohammad Omar imposed strict isolation on Osama bin Laden
after 1998 to prevent him from carrying out any plots against the United
States.--Gareth Porter, "Taliban Regime
Pressed bin Laden on anti-US Terror," Inter Press Service, February