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US response to 9/11 increased terror threat: Hollande

Posted Sep 11, 2016 by AFP
America's response to the 9/11 attacks augmented rather than defeated the jihadist threat, with the consequences of the Iraq war now being felt in terror-scarred France, President Francois Hollande said Sunday.
The American flag that was raised by firefighters above the site of the 9/11 attacks on the World Tr...
The American flag that was raised by firefighters above the site of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on 2001 is displayed for the first time at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum
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America's response to the 9/11 attacks augmented rather than defeated the jihadist threat, with the consequences of the Iraq war now being felt in terror-scarred France, President Francois Hollande said Sunday.

In a Facebook post commemorating the victims of the attacks Hollande echoed a famous front-page headline from Le Monde newspaper on the day after the suicide plane strikes.

"Yes, on that day, we were all Americans," he wrote.

But the Socialist leader, whose country has been rocked by a string of extremist attacks in the past year-and-a-half, was also fiercely critical of the US riposte.

"The response that the American administration gave to these attacks... far from eradicating the threat, expanded it over a wider area. Namely to Iraq," he wrote.

"And even though France, through (ex-president) Jacques Chirac, rightly refused to join the intervention (in Iraq) which it condemned, it has nonetheless been a victim of the consequences of the chaos it caused."

Hollande's remarks were seen as a reference to the rise of the Islamic State group (IS) which was formed out of Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

IS, which later expanded to Syria, has ordered or claimed several attacks in the West in the past year, particularly in France which it has declared a top target.

The group ordered the November 2015 attacks in Paris which killed 130 people. It also claimed the truck massacre in Nice in July that claimed 86 lives as the work of one of its "soldiers".

Hollande said every terror attack was like a re-enactment of 9/11, with its lot of "buried lives, broken destinies and grieving families".

Declaring that democracy would triumph in the end, he called on people to "never give in to fear."