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9/11 attacks: George W. Bush to the Taliban, where are they now

George Washington Bush was the President of United States when 9/11 attacks took place. The President was informed of the attacks in front of the cameras when he was reading The Pet Goat to second-graders in Sarasota, Florida. His aide told him about 9/11 attacks when television cameras were rolling.

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9/11 attacks

On September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists had hijacked four flights and carried out coordinated suicide attacks against the targets in the United States. Two of the planes were crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, third plane hit the Pentagon office, just outside Washington DC, while the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The biggest terror attack in history triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the presidency of George Bush. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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George Washington Bush on September 11, 2001

George Washington Bush was the President of United States when 9/11 attacks took place. The President was informed of the attacks in front of the cameras when he was reading The Pet Goat to second-graders in Sarasota, Florida. His aide told him about 9/11 attacks when television cameras were rolling.

Bush reached ground zero on the third day of attacks and had declared war against terrorism in a powerful speech. “I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon,” he said in the bullhorn at Ground Zero amid patriotic chants by those around him.

The US had then launched attacks on Afghanistan to oust the Taliban and hunt down Bin Laden.

After 9/11 and 2008:

Bush retired in 2008 as Republicans lost the US elections in 2008. His administration was unsuccessful in capturing or killing Osama Bin Laden in next seven years of 9/11 attacks.

US vice president Dick Cheney

Richard Bruce Cheney was the vice president of the United States from 2001 to 2009 under George W. Bush.  After the 9/11 attacks, the former US vice president Dick Cheney was put in a bunker inside the White House where he helped direct the government’s actions as President Bush was being shuttled to military bases in Louisiana and Nebraska amid fears over more attacks.

After he left office, Cheney reportedly had five heart attacks and underwent a heart transplant in 2012. Cheney hit the headlines after he criticised former president Trump and was sidelined by the Republican Party.

Osama Bin Laden

Osaman Bin Laden had orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. He initially denied involvement, but later recanted his false statements. Bin Laden had personally directed his followers to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Later, in November 2001, U.S. forces recovered a videotape from a destroyed house in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. In the video, bin Laden is seen admitting foreknowledge of the attacks.

US Killed him in 2011 in Pakistan

After a 10-year manhunt, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that bin Laden was killed by American special forces in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 1, 2011.

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admitted his involvement in the 9/11 attacks, along with Ramzi bin al-Shibh in April 2002. He was the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks. The 2004 9/11 Commission Report determined that hostility towards the United States felt by Mohammed, stemmed from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel.

Arrested on March 1, 2003

Mohammed was arrested on March 1, 2003, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, by Pakistani security officials working with the CIA. He was then held at multiple CIA secret prisons and Guantanamo Bay. However, during U.S. hearings at Guantanamo Bay in March 2007, Mohammed again confessed that he was responsible for the 9/11 operation from A to Z.

However, the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four other alleged conspirators, resumed Tuesday.

In other India news, Facebook has launched its first smart glasses, in partnership with the biggest eyeglasses maker Ray-Ban.

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda says statements on reclaiming Katchatheevu island from Sri Lanka have no ground

Devananda told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about Katchatheevu as elections are taking place in India.

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda has said the statements from some political leaders in India on reclaiming Katchatheevu from the island nation have no ground. He told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about the strategic island as elections are taking place in India.

The Sri Lankan Minister said he thought India is acting on its interests to secure this place to ensure Sri Lankan fishermen would not have any access to that area and that Sri Lanka should not claim any rights in that resourceful area. According to the 1974 agreement, Devananda said Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen can go fishing in the territorial waters of both countries until the pact was reviewed and amended in 1976.

The amended agreement resulted in fishermen from both countries being barred from fishing in neighboring waters. India’s ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday steered clear of the row surrounding Katchatheevu island. To a volley of questions on the Katchatheevu issue, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal reffered to External affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s recent comments on the matter.

He said he would like to talk about the issue that has been raised. He added the External Affairs minister has spoken to the press here in Delhi and also in Gujarat and has clarified all the issues. He said everyone should look into the press engagements and they would find the answers to their questions there.

The remarks from Devananda, a Sri Lankan Tamil, came days after the Narendra Modi government accused the Congress and its ally DMK in Tamil Nadu of overlooking national interests by handing over Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka in 1974. The BJP has also been slamming the 2 parties for not ensuring the rights of the fishermen wanting to fish in waters around the island.

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US reiterates its call for fair, transparent, legal process for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, speaks on Congress frozen accounts

The US spokesperson said that they are also aware of the Congress party’s allegations that tax authorities have frozen some of their bank accounts in a manner that will make it challenging to effectively campaign in the upcoming elections.

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A day after India summoned an US diplomat over their remarks on the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the liquor policy case, the US reiterated its call for fair, transparent, timely legal processes on Wednesday.

Responding to questions on India summoning Gloria Berbena, the US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in New Delhi, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said that they will continue to follow these actions closely, including the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Notably, the meeting at the foreign ministry’s South Block office lasted nearly 40 minutes yesterday with India objecting strongly to the US remarks on the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal.

Matthew Miller also responded to a question on the Congress party’s frozen bank accounts. The US spokesperson said that they are also aware of the Congress party’s allegations that tax authorities have frozen some of their bank accounts in a manner that will make it challenging to effectively campaign in the upcoming elections. He added that the US encourages fair, transparent and timely legal processes for each of the issues.

Arvind Kejriwal was arrested last week by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection to the Delhi liquor policy scam. Earlier, AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain and Sanjay Singh were arrested in the same case.

The External Affairs Ministry had earlier stated that states are expected to be respectful of the sovereignty and internal affairs of others, and this responsibility is even more so in case of fellow democracies, adding that it could otherwise end up setting unhealthy precedents.

The Ministry further emphasized that India’s legal processes are based on an independent judiciary which is committed to objective and timely outcomes. It mentioned that casting aspersions on India’s legal procedure is unwarranted.

The United State’s remarks followed days after Germany’s Foreign Office stressed that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is entitled to a fair and impartial trial. The Indian government labelled their remark as blatant interference in internal matters.

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5 Chinese nationals killed in suicide bomb attack in Pakistan

This is the third major attack on Chinese interests in Pakistan within a week.

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Nearly five Chinese nationals were killed in an explosion during an attack on their convoy by a suicide bomber in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday. Reportedly, the suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a convoy of Chinese engineers travelling from Islamabad to their camp in Dasu, situated in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Regional police chief Mohammad Ali Gandapur said that five Chinese nationals and their Pakistani driver were killed in the attack. As yet, none has claimed responsibility for the attack. Bisham Station House Officer (SHO) Bakht Zahir asserted that the incident was a suicide blast and the authorities concerned were collecting the evidence.

The Station House Officer further added that security arrangements were tightened at the spot and the bodies were being shifted to a hospital. He added that they will investigate from where and how the vehicle of a suicide bomber came and how it happened. Notably, this is the third major attack on Chinese interests in Pakistan within a week.

Previously, two attacks hit an airbase and a strategic port in the southwest province of Balochistan where China is investing billions in infrastructure projects. Several Chinese engineers and Pakistani construction workers have for multiple years been working on hydroelectric projects as part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative in the western province of Khyber-Paktunkhwa.

Notably, Dasu is home to a significant dam project, has been a target of previous attacks. Earlier in 2021, the attack in Dasu resulted in the deaths of nine Chinese nationals, along with two Pakistani children. The incident occured when a bus carrying Chinese engineers and workers to the Dasu Hydropower Project site was targeted.

There was confusion surrounding the nature of the attack initially, with some reports suggesting it was a bus accident. Nonetheless, subsequent investigations revealed that it was indeed a terrorist attack. The bus was hit by a blast, leading it to plunge into a ravine.

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