The September 11 attacks, also known as the 9/11 attacks, were a series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks carried out in 2001 against targets in the United States by 19 militants affiliated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda and were the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil in U.S. history. But did you know how Iraq’s President conveyed his sorrow?
Saddam Hussain personally responded to a letter from a US citizen received after 9/11. He expressed his condolences and explained his initial reaction to the tragic incident.
What Happened on 9/11?
The September 11 attacks were started by Osama bin Laden, the head of the militant Islamic organization al-Qaeda, harboring foolish views of the United States in the months leading up to the strikes. Bin Laden became increasingly convinced that America was weak in the years leading up to the attacks, according to Abu Walid al-Masri, an Egyptian who was a bin Laden associate in Afghanistan in the 1980s and 1990s.
He believed that the US was much weaker than some of those around him thought. As evidence, he referred to what happened to the US in Beirut when the bombing of the Marine base led them to flee Lebanon.Abu Walid al-Masri
He was referring to the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, which killed 241 American servicemen. Bin Laden considered the United States to be a paper tiger, a belief shaped not only by America’s withdrawal from Lebanon following the marine barracks bombing, but also by the withdrawal of American forces from Somalia in 1993, following the deaths of 18 U.S. servicemen in Mogadishu, and the American withdrawal from Vietnam in the 1970s. (Source: Britannica)
Who was the Key Operational Planner of the 9/11 Attack?
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who grew up in Kuwait, was a key operational planner in the September 11 attacks. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed became active in the Muslim Brotherhood at the age of 16 and then went to the United States to attend college, graduating from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1986. Following that, he traveled to Pakistan and then Afghanistan to wage jihad against the Soviet Union, which had invaded Afghanistan in 1979.
According to Yosri Fouda, an Arabic-language cable television channel Al Jazeera journalist who interviewed him in 2002, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed planned to blow up a dozen American planes in Asia during the mid-1990s.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s dream never faded. And I believe that by putting his hand in the hands of bin Laden, he realized that he now had a chance to realize his long-awaited dream.Yosri Fouda, Al Jazeera Journalist
What was Saddam Hussein’s Initial Reaction to the 9/11 Attack?
The Iraqi leader said he had no idea who was behind the assaults and refused to express condolences to the Bush administration.
I don’t believe your administration deserves Iraqis’ sympathies unless it expresses regret and apologizes to them for the 1.5 million Iraqis it killed.Saddam Hussein, Iraqi President