Terming the 9/11 attacks as Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden's biggest strategic blunder, Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst, pointed out that Laden's assumptions that the attacks would force the US to withdraw from the Middle East was a major miscalculation.
According to Bergen, the 9/11 was a short-term tactical victory for Al-Qaeda but it turned out to be the terror group's undoing in the long-run.
"bin Laden disastrously misjudged the likely American response to the 9/11 attacks because he labored under the delusion that the United States was weak," Bergen wrote.
The objectives of the attacks were much more than claiming American lives: Laden hoped that the Islamic regimes in the Middle East would crumble in the wake of the American withdrawal, thus paving the way for Al-Qaeda to establish an Islamic Caliphate in the region, an article in the Time magazine said.
Ironically, the US presence in the Middle East and Afghanistan has only strengthened post-9/11. Since the fateful day in September 2001, the US has been leading the wars against jihadist groups in the region.
Sunday would mark the 15th anniversary of the mostly deadly attack on the American soil even as the world grapples with the growing threat of religious extremism.
Laden was killed on 2 May, 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan by a US special forces team.
First Published On : Sep 11, 2016 10:31 IST