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10 years from September 11 attacks: Viewpoints from Iraq

I wondered what Iraqi people thought when the September 11 attacks occurred in 2001 and how they feel now. I asked the Head of Office in Bagdad about it. The following is what he said all about the attacks.

I was shocked at the screen images in news programs on September 11, 2001, because the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center complex was being attacked. It was one of the most important buildings in the United States, the biggest power in the world,

Iraqi people had never imagined that the terrorist attack would later cause the Iraqi war in our country. We thought the attack had nothing to do with us, because it was the matter between the United States and terrorists.

We didn’t understand the insistence from the United States. The Iraqi government disliked terrorist organizations.

The Iraqi war started in 2003 and the US army and terrorists fought here in Iraq. Many Iraqi citizens saw their country being devastated. Especially Bagdad was ruined.

We insist that the collapsed two buildings may be reconstructed in a year but it would take several years for demolished Iraq, one country to recover.

Now, many conflicts between religions or ethnic groups are occurring in Iraq. If the situation brought by the devastation and poverty lasts long, the country would be apart.

September 8, 2011 in Iraq |