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the attacks which called into question the “American hyperpower” (DEBATE) – RT in French

Younes Belfellah, specialist in the Arab world, and Gérard Vespierre, founder of the web magazine Le monde décrypté, analyze the consequences of the attacks of September 11, 2001 on international relations.

On September 11, 2001, the United States was struck to the heart by Al Qaeda. For the commemoration of the 20 years of the World Trade Center attacks, Younes Belfellah, specialist in the Arab world, and Gérard Vespierre, founder of the web magazine Le monde décrypté, analyze the international consequences of these attacks.

The United States then took the leadership in the fight against terrorism. Gérard Vespierre, however, recalled that “the world had been stunned” and had followed “a moment of astonishment” before turning to Afghanistan.

Younes Belfellah asserts that September 11 was “the attack which destroyed the hyperpower of the United States”, before recalling the American support to Al-Qaeda to fight against the USSR. According to him, the experience of Daesh also gave new objectives to the Islamist movement: that of endowing itself with a real state, in the institutional sense of the term.

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