What really happened on September 11, 2001?

by Bernard Léchot, swissinfo.ch

Ten years on from the attacks in the United States which killed nearly 3,000 people, questions about the fateful day still remain unanswered.

swissinfo.ch spoke to three Swiss specialists who have sifted through the official and unofficial versions.

“When I saw the second plane – indicating that it was a terrorist act – I immediately thought it was al-Qaeda, as I had been working on that issue for a number of weeks,” recalled Xavier Colin, a TV producer-journalist with the French-language RTS public station.

“But no one imagined other attacks of such magnitude and on American soil.”

For Jacques Baud, a Swiss security expert, who now works for the United Nations in New York, the deadly attacks were completely unpredictable.

“Those people who said they had predicted what happened never predicted anything. There were theories and hypotheses, but they were nothing,” he said.

(***) … If you look at the size of the attacks, the shock they caused and concerns they raised, they were successful, he says, but they failed to set one part of the world against another, whether over civilization or religion.

Ganser is more circumspect: “It was an event that caused the deaths of 3,000 people, that raised many fears and discredited Muslims and which gave a excuse to start wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

“…After ten years we still don’t know what exactly happened on September 11 and who was behind it. We need to do more research.”

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A New York City firefighter calls for more rescue workers to make their way into the rubble of the World Trade Center (Reuters)

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