Things Have Changed in the Middle East, 20 Years After 9/11

On September 11, 2001, al Qaeda hijackers crashed two planes into the World Trade Center in the heart of New York City. (Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier this month, somber events in the United States marked the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives when 19 terrorists – all from the Middle East and connected to al Qaeda – hijacked four commercial airplanes to carry out suicide attacks in the U.S.

The attacks left indelible marks on U.S. history and foreign policy. Uncharted Ministries co-founder Tom Doyle says they also had far-reaching consequences in the Middle East.

“Every Muslim out there, wherever we go around the globe, knows 9/11; even villages in Egypt where they don’t have a TV or radio,” Doyle says.

“It was a dividing line for Muslims. That was a ‘line in the sand’ where Muslims had to step over [and say], ‘yes, I want to be involved in terrorism; I believe jihad is the way.’ [The] majority of them do not.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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