The rusted, twisted remains of a car sit in the sand.

The Other Victims
of 9/11

Published on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, this is a series of reported essays describing how the attacks that day and the “war on terror” that followed changed the lives of people outside the United States. Nearly 1 million people have died in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen as a result of these post-9/11 wars, according to the Costs of War project at Brown University. The wars have displaced 38 million people from these countries, as well as Libya, the Philippines and Somalia.

An illustration in shades of blue and yellow shows drones turning into birds over a small town.
Credit: Illustration by Anuj Shrestha

Fallujah: My Lost Hometown

By Feurat Alani

The post-9/11 narrative about Iraq pushed me back to my hometown and into journalism.

An illustration in shades of blue shows a woman standing in a ruined building as fighter jets fly past. In the corner is a burst of yellow light that could be a sunrise or explosion.
Credit: Illustration by Anuj Shrestha

How Yemen Used the ‘War on Terror’ to Suit Its Needs

By Safa Al Ahmad

Twenty years, $850 million in U.S. military aid and nearly 400 drone strikes later, Yemen is still paying the price for being drawn into the “war on terror.”

An illustration in shades of blue shows a woman in a hijab looking sadly over a city from a rooftop as fighter jets fly over. In the corner, a yellow sun rises.
Credit: Illustration by Anuj Shrestha

The Writing Was on the Wall in Afghanistan Years Ago

By Emran Feroz

The more time I spent in Afghanistan, the more clear it was that the benefits of the American occupation were visible only in Kabul and other big cities.

Feurat Alani and his sister sit atop a car parked on the banks of a river. Three uncles stand around them.
Credit: Courtesy of Feurat Alani

Episode: Forever Wars

By Anand Gopal, Feurat Alani, Safa Al Ahmad and Anjali Kamat

On 9/11, the U.S. swore to “never forget.” But who gets remembered? We hear from reporters on Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen, where the aftermath of 9/11 is acutely felt two decades later.

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