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How 9/11 terror attacks shaped our world today

Sixteen years before Salman Abedi detonated a bo-mb in the Manchester Arena, the seven-year-old son of Libyan refugees watched 9/11 unfold on the news. 

Read how the at-tack created a new generation of Western jihadis, the heirs of Bin Laden’s terror war. 

Robert Mendick has the account of the secret agent who saw MI5 change from the inside and Nick Allen examines the fate of Joe Biden, the President left with 9/11’s toxic legacy. 

In a touching and moving final chapter, Telegraph readers who wrote in following the attacks write back to themselves 20 years later. 

Sit down for 15 minutes and absorb this sobering series of accounts. 

Scenes of heartbreak and heroism from that day featured in the 2006 film Flight 93. 

But how accurate was it? Tom Fordy takes a look.

31 ‘late-stage’ attacks foiled

The director general of MI5 used the eve of the anniversary of the at-tack on the Twin Towers to reveal the secret service foiled 31 “late-stage” terror at-tack plots against the UK in the past four years and six during the pandemic. 

Ken McCallum said the threat of terrorism in the UK remains “a real and enduring thing”. 

Read how he has assessed the present situation. 

Meanwhile, a senior Government minister has said the special relationship between the UK and the United States has experienced a “wobble in confidence” in the wake of the hurried withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

Listen to defence minister James Heappey on Chopper’s Politics podcast. 

Tom Harris argues why our complacency in dealing with Islamist extremism has granted the terrorists ultimate victory.

Tea with Taliban assassin

Among the many tragedies that have followed from 9/11 is that the situation in Afghanistan looks just as volatile despite a 20 year war on terrorism. 

For the first month of the Taliban’s tenure since taking back control of the country after the US withdrawal, the world’s attention has been on the capital, Kabul, but it is the city of Kandahar that many of the Taliban consider their spiritual heartland. Ben Farmer has this dispatch on his terrifying face-to-face encounter with a Taliban assassin in the city, describing over tea and dates how he had worked on targeted killings. It sits uneasily alongside the United States praising the Taliban as businesslike and cooperative in facilitating the first evacuation of Americans from Afghanistan since the US military withdrawal.

Evening briefing: Today’s essential headlines

Fifth Test cancelled | India are arranging to fly out of Manchester for the IPL on Saturday leaving English cricket scrambling to fill a £40m black hole after the fifth Test was cancelled 90 minutes before the toss. The Telegraph can reveal the India players sent a letter to their board just before midnight on Thursday saying they would not play the game over concerns about Covid-19 spreading through the touring party. Simon Heffer laments that Test cricket has surrendered to the IPL.

Comment and analysis

Around the world: Trudeau ‘not a real feminist’

Justin Trudeau’s feminist credentials were called into question in an election debate on Thursday night as the Canadian Prime Minister’s opponents attacked his leadership and accused him of putting his political ambitions above governing. Mr Trudeau called a snap election for September 20 in the hope of securing a stronger mandate for his Liberal Party, but his public ratings have since dipped with some polls suggesting he could lose power to the Conservatives. As he fights to salvage his political career, Mr Trudeau faced a series of attacks on his treatment of his former female colleagues. Read on for details. Watch this analysis of how it has all gone downhill for the liberal poster boy.

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