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Is the world any safer since the Sept. 11 attacks? | The Stream

Al Jazeera, 10 Sep 2021
Nearly 20 years after the September 11 attacks on the United States, the world continues to grapple with its violent legacy. Since 2001, the US has pursued military action in more than 80 countries in the name of counterterrorism, according to a new report from the Costs of War project at Brown University.

Across Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and more, at least one million people have died during this effort, and more than 37 million more have been displaced - a conservative estimate, the study's authors said.

When the "war on terror" was launched, officials said the goal was to make the US and the world a safer place. But this mission has not been accomplished, experts say. Military intervention has instead sown instability and corruption in the Middle East and elsewhere, creating prime recruiting opportunities for armed groups.

“What have we truly accomplished in 20 years of post 9/11 wars? Millions of lives and trillions of dollars later, who has won? Who has lost, and at what price?” said Stephanie Savell, co-director of the Costs of War Project.

In this episode of The Stream, we look at the costs of the so-called war on terror and the lasting legacy of September 11, 2001.

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