The Straits Times
Published on Sep 11, 2012

US faces 'utter defeat' in Afghanistan: Taleban


WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) forces face "utter defeat" in Afghanistan and Americans are unsafe wherever they go in the world, the Taleban said ahead of the anniversary of the Sept 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Eleven years ago Tuesday, almost 3,000 people lost their lives in the worst terror strike on American soil that saw two passenger planes hijacked by Al-Qaeda slam into New York's World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon.

A fourth plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

What followed was a war in Afghanistan, launched over the Taleban's alliance with Al-Qaeda.