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    The number of terror attacks has increased globally in the wake of the US "war on terror" launched after 9/11 attacks, with record rates seen in the countries targeted by the US military, experts told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. The George W. Bush administration blamed al-Qaeda for the assault and launched a campaign to invade its heartland in Afghanistan.

    "Acts of terrorism have increased greatly in the world but the greatest increases have occurred in the nations where the United States has intervened to wage the War on Terror.  Last year acts of terrorism hit record levels in the three states where the US was militarily involved the most:  Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria," US writer Christopher Bollyn investigating the events of 9/11 told Sputnik.

    This offers two possibilities, he continued. "Either the US policy of fighting terror is extremely counter-productive due to incompetence, or the real policy which is UN-stated one that uses terrorism to wage war in these states. The evidence suggests it is the latter."

    Bollyn, who authored the book "Solving 9-11: The Deception that Changed the World," suggested that the United States was using the same tactic in modern Syria, spending a billion of dollars every year since 2011 to arm and train Islamists through the CIA and use them against Syrian government forces.

    Thierry Meyssan, a French journalist, fellow investigator of the 9/11 conspiracy and the author of the book entitled "9/11: The Big Lie 2002 book," argued that Washington had used the tragic events to justify its quest against undesirable regimes in the Middle East.

    "The United States undertook a conquest of the broader Middle East using terror to overthrow local governments. This cynicism is sadly nothing new," she told Sputnik.

    According to the journalist, no newly-discovered data on 9/11 events supported the official version of the attack.

    "In recent years, many new elements were discovered. None of them strength the official theory of an attack by al-Qaeda…. According to the best international experts in facial and voice recognition, the person purporting to be Osama bin Laden in the video broadcast by the Pentagon was not the Saudi billionaire. Moreover, the real Bin Laden had previously denied responsibility in the attacks," Meyssan said.

    Steven Jones, a US physicist who made a name for himself arguing with the help of experiment-based research that the 2001 collapse of New York twin towers could have been caused by controlled demolition, claimed in a comment to Sputnik that the attack was used by the Bush administration to invade the Middle East.

    "The 9/11 tragedy was used as an excuse by the United States to begin wars in the Middle East — which is a tremendous tragedy with grave implications. I can only hope that as the truth regarding 9/11 is further researched and disclosed, that such wars will be denounced and stopped," he said.

    The fall of the World Trade Center and the loss of over 3,000 lives in the 9/11 attacks prompted then-US President George W. Bush to declare a "war on terror" a few weeks later.

    The views and opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.


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