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At Afghan base, al Qaeda memories fresh 18 years after September 11 attacks

REUTERS/Phil Stewart

It’s shortly before sunrise, and Maryanna Swanson, a Navy nurse from Long Island, thinks she may run out of T-shirts for all of the runners showing up for a Sept. 11 memorial race that she’s helping organize at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

News of the race spread by word of mouth and soon maybe more than 200 people - from bearded commandos to medics and base firefighters - were running hard around this dusty base, just miles from what was once a major al Qaeda training camp.

Swanson’s family saw al Qaeda’s devastation first-hand 18 years ago, the day when al Qaeda hijackers slammed airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon, killing almost 3,000 people.

11th September 2019


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