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Counterterrorism Analyst Oz Sultan was supposed to be in the World Trade Centre tower on September 11, 2001

September 11 or 9/11, marks twenty years since the world changed forever. It’s been two decades since the deadly terrorist attacks covered New York City in terror.

“Sheer horror, sheer panic, is what most Americans felt.”

“As an American-Muslim, it had been difficult enough dealing with Islamaphobia. No one knows the difference between a god-faring Muslim and these cultists.”

Oz Sultan, Counterterrorism Analyst

September 11, 2001

In a mind flash, most people can tell you where they were and what they were doing when the attacks occurred.

The September 11 attacks were a series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks performed by nineteen militants associated with the Islamic extremist group, al-Queda.

Four commercial airliners were hijacked mid-flight by the terrorists. The first plane was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The second plane hit the South Tower seventeen minutes later.

Both towers collapsed, blanketing New York City in rubble and debris of the 110 story buildings. The third plane crashed into the Pentagon and the fourth had an unsuccessful attempt at reaching The White House.

Now, that time has passed, there is a whole generation that doesn’t have that “I remember” moment. However, fast forward to today, the terror threat posed by extremist terror groups still lingers.

Fears for another 9/11 terror attack

The United States formally responded to the 9/11 attacks by invading Afghanistan and claiming the al-Queda leaders, who were behind it.

The United States successfully did this, but then spent twenty years in the region, to restore democracy and to depose the Taliban. However, the Taliban is back.

Questions now loom over the Taliban’s intentions, their fuel for revenge, their relations with extremist groups, and the potential for more terrorist attacks.

“The terror threat is actually higher now.”

“It’s cost us $2 trillion, and ended up making us far less secure than we were twenty years ago.”

“The nature of terror has changed, the terrorist organisations are now working together.”

“ISIS-K has plenty of money, the Taliban has millions.”

” Biden has set the stage for geopolitics that are unlike any danger we’ve had since World War II”

Oz Sultan, Counterterrorism Analyst

The United States is no longer in Afghanistan to monitor perceived threats and keep extremist groups at bay. There are now concerns about whether their intelligence is equipped to deal with developed extremist groups now.

Now that we live in a digital world, Sultan explains future attacks will vary between physical, financial, and cyber.

“We’re going to have physical attacks, online recruitment challenges that are coming from this, and we’re going to have cyber attacks.”

Oz Sultan, Counterterrorism Analyst 

“Younger generations are being approached and radicalised online, from every avenue.”

Oz Sultan, Counterterrorism Analyst

China VS the United States

People have been fearing China’s willingness to resume friendly relations with the Taliban. Now China has pledged 200 million Yuan worth of aid to Afghanistan, including food supplies and COVID vaccines.

The aid comes as Beijing says it is ready to maintain communication with the Taliban Government. It says the establishment of the new interim government was a “necessary step to restore order” in Afghanistan.

Chinese Foreign Minister says the aid measures will include three million vaccine doses to the country. The Taliban’s interim cabinet was announced last week, with the country declared an “Islamic Emirate”.

United States President Joe Biden, says the country is still a “long way off” from recognising the Taliban Government.

So, is this a bold move from China to ensure they’re not the victims of any future terror attacks? 

More divided than ever before

9/11 created a religious divide like never before. Extremists’ goal is to create fear, divide, and hatred. So from this perspective, they might have won.

Oz Sultan served as the interfaith coordinator for the ground zero mosque, where the towers once stood. He explains the long-term impacts for people who experienced September 11, 2001, are unimaginable.

“For New Yorkers especially, it’s been traumatic.”

“In the faith communities, it’s a shock. What President Biden has done is basically told the Muslim world not only do you not matter, but we’re legitimising a cult which you’re now going to have to deal with.”

Oz Sultan, Counterterrorism Analyst

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Six dead in Sydney shopping centre stabbing



Six people have lost their lives in a horrific attack at Westfield in Sydney’s Bondi Junction.

The incident, which unfolded at approximately 3:20 pm on Saturday afternoon, saw a man in an NRL jersey randomly stabbing shoppers, leaving many more injured.

The chaos and panic that ensued as families ran for their lives were captured in the harrowing scenes.

Hero mother

Amidst the terror, a heroic mother, who fought to save her nine-month-old baby’s life, tragically succumbed to her injuries in the hospital.

Witnesses described the assailant as a man in his 30s, wearing an Australian Rugby League team jersey, wielding a 15cm-long knife.

His indiscriminate attacks left a trail of devastation, with five people confirmed dead at the scene.

The sixth victim, the mother of the nine-month-old baby, battled to save her child despite her own injuries, ultimately succumbing to them later.

The situation could have been even more catastrophic if not for the courageous actions of a senior female police officer, who bravely confronted the attacker alone and ultimately brought him down with a single shot to the chest.

Witnesses recounted stories of bravery and resilience, with some throwing tables and chairs at the assailant and others engaging in physical confrontations with improvised weapons like bollards.

As emergency services worked tirelessly to save lives, the scene inside the mall was one of horror and desperation, with blood splattered across multiple stores.

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Specialists highlight importance of water in daily routine



Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being.

From regulating body temperature to aiding in digestion and nutrient absorption, water plays a crucial role in keeping our bodies functioning optimally. However, many of us often overlook the importance of staying hydrated throughout the day. Fortunately, there are simple and effective ways to incorporate more water into your daily routine.


  1. Start your day right: Begin each morning with a refreshing glass of water. After hours of sleep, your body needs hydration to kickstart its systems and replenish fluids lost overnight. This simple habit can set a positive tone for the rest of your day.
  2. Stay equipped: Invest in a reusable water bottle and carry it with you wherever you go. Having water readily available makes it easier to stay hydrated on the move, whether you’re at work, running errands, or exercising.
  3. Set reminders: In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to forget to drink water regularly. Set reminders on your phone or computer to prompt you to take regular water breaks throughout the day. These gentle nudges can help you stay on track with your hydration goals.
  4. Make smart swaps: Replace sugary beverages like soda and juice with water during meals. Not only does this reduce your sugar intake, but it also ensures that you’re hydrating your body with the purest form of liquid it needs.
  5. Get creative with flavor: If you find plain water boring, experiment with natural flavorings like lemon, cucumber, or mint. Infusing your water with fresh fruits or herbs adds a burst of flavor without any extra calories or additives.
  6. Pre- and post-workout hydration: Before and after physical activity, be sure to drink plenty of water to support your body’s performance and recovery. Hydration is especially crucial during exercise, as you lose fluids through sweat.
  7. Keep it accessible: Make water easily accessible by keeping a pitcher or dispenser filled in your home or workplace. Having water within reach encourages you to drink more throughout the day.
  8. Eat your water: Incorporate water-rich foods like cucumbers, watermelon, and strawberries into your diet. These hydrating foods not only contribute to your daily fluid intake but also provide essential vitamins and minerals.
  9. Listen to your body: Sometimes, feelings of hunger are actually signs of dehydration. Whenever you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water first and see if your cravings subside. Your body might just be asking for hydration rather than food.
  10. End your day on a hydrated note: Finish off your day with a glass of water before bedtime. Hydrating before sleep helps replenish fluids lost throughout the day and ensures that your body stays hydrated overnight.



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Nature calls for urban dwellers looking for something new



Celebrating the less commonly featured destinations alongside popular ones.

There’s been a collective yearning to reconnect with nature, to rediscover the beauty and tranquility that lie beyond our concrete jungles in recent months.

In this quest for solace and serenity, travelers are venturing off the beaten path, seeking refuge in destinations that offer a respite from the bustling crowds and frenetic pace of modernity.

From the serene lakes of the United Kingdom’s Lake District to the untamed wilderness of Australia’s Kimberley region, each of these locations beckons with the promise of natural splendour and rejuvenation. Join us on a journey to explore these hidden gems, where the rhythms of nature reign supreme and the soul finds solace amidst towering mountains, pristine coastlines, and ancient forests. It’s time to escape the chaos and embrace the timeless beauty of the great outdoors.


1. United Kingdom: Instead of the bustling streets of London or the historical charm of Edinburgh, let’s focus on the serene beauty of the Lake District. Nestled in northwest England, this region boasts stunning landscapes of lakes, mountains, and forests. Visitors can explore picturesque villages, embark on scenic hikes, or simply unwind amidst nature’s tranquility. The Lake District offers a peaceful retreat away from the usual tourist crowds.

2. Singapore: While Singapore is often associated with its futuristic skyline and vibrant city life, Pulau Ubin offers a delightful escape from the urban hustle. This small island, located off Singapore’s northeast coast, is a haven of rustic charm and natural beauty. Visitors can cycle through lush greenery, spot wildlife in its natural habitat, and experience the simple pleasures of island living. Pulau Ubin provides a glimpse into Singapore’s quieter side, away from the glitz and glamour of the city.


3. New Zealand: While cities like Auckland and Queenstown often steal the spotlight, the Catlins region on New Zealand’s South Island offers a lesser-known but equally enchanting experience. Characterized by rugged coastlines, dense forests, and abundant wildlife, the Catlins is a nature lover’s paradise. Visitors can explore hidden waterfalls, encounter seals and penguins, and marvel at dramatic coastal vistas. With its unspoiled beauty and peaceful atmosphere, the Catlins offers a truly off-the-beaten-path adventure in New Zealand.


4. Ireland: Instead of Dublin’s bustling streets or the iconic Cliffs of Moher, let’s shine a spotlight on the charming town of Westport. Located on Ireland’s west coast, Westport combines scenic beauty with rich history and lively culture. Visitors can stroll along the picturesque harbor, explore historic landmarks such as Westport House, and enjoy traditional music in cozy pubs. Surrounded by stunning countryside and the rugged coastline of County Mayo, Westport offers a quintessentially Irish experience without the crowds.



5. Australia: While Sydney and Melbourne are popular destinations, the Kimberley region in Western Australia offers a rugged and remote adventure unlike any other. Covering vast expanses of wilderness, the Kimberley is renowned for its ancient landscapes, dramatic gorges, and vibrant Aboriginal culture. Visitors can embark on epic road trips along the Gibb River Road, cruise through the stunning gorges of the Kimberley coast, and encounter unique wildlife in its natural habitat. With its raw beauty and sense of adventure, the Kimberley is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered in Australia.



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