20 years after 9/11, terrorism remains major threat to world – Defense expert



Twenty years terrorists carried out the worst ever attack United States, an expert on defense and intelligence warned of more bombs on planes.

Prof. Anthony Glees from Britain’s University of Buckingham, gave the warning in an interview with Xinhua.

Glees further warned of more killing of people in terror atrocities.

“Terrorism remains a very significant threat” to both Western and Eastern countries 20 years the .S.-led military operation started in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11 attack,” he said.

What the United States and other Western countries did in Afghanistan “was in own terms not a success,” he said.

“We’ve left Afghanistan in such a way that 20th anniversary of 9/11, Islamists worldwide can the war they started in 2001 and ended in was victory.

“That a direct consequence of the way we fled from Kabul,” Glees added

As an expert on security issue and intelligence, the don believes that the attack twin towers in New York in 2001, as well as the rapid victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan, both resulted from America’s massive failures of intelligence.

Following the 9/11 twin-towers attacks, Glees persuaded his university bosses to create Britain’s first faculty for the study of intelligence.

But as the world headed toward second decade of the 21st century, Glees said there were more intelligence failures and the world ” still facing the threat of terrorism”.

He said that some research statistics would imply the world a safer place today as the number of those who die from terror attacks much less than people killed by road accidents.

` “But I would say that terrorism remains a very significant threat to liberal democracies such as the UK and the democracies of the West,” Glees said, adding that China and Russia and the West were facing a common enemy of terrorism.

According to him, the reason for the declining number of people killed by terror attacks in recent years largely due to the massive amount of money spent on intelligence and security activity over the past 20 years, rather than the military interventions in Muslim countries.

He said the jury was still out in the search for the reason for America’s failure in Afghanistan.

“If it has a failure by the .S., which I believe it to be, who responsible for the failure?” he asked. (Xinhua/NAN)