September 11 attacks were Osama bin Laden's major strategic blunder
Laden's assumptions that the 9/11 attacks would force the US to withdraw from the Middle East was a major miscalculation.
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.
Afghanistan envoy's daughter kidnapped: Pakistan interior minister vows to solve case, 3 cab drivers interrogated
Silsila Alikhil, the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan Najibullah Alikhil was abducted, tortured and assaulted on Friday by unknown persons in Islamabad
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that Hasan Ali has been rested as a precautionary measure due to a strain in his left leg, which he picked during a training session at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
Pakistan made a mistake by removing Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain, Mickey Arthur after 2019 WC, says Rashid Latif
Sarfaraz and Arthur had combined well to take Pakistan to the Champions Trophy title in 2017.