The Taliban of 2021 still hold to the line they defended in 2001: there is no evidence that Osama bin Laden was guilty of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
For them, Osama bin Laden was an anti-Soviet fighter, not an international terrorist.
They never gave any importance to the video released by the Pentagon showing bin Laden claiming responsibility for 9/11. For them, as for facial recognition experts, this video and those that followed over a decade are fakes.
Interviewed on August 25 by NBC, Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said:
“When Osama bin Laden became a problem for the US, he was in Afghanistan. Although there is no evidence of his involvement, we have now promised that Afghan soil will not be used against anyone (…) Even after 20 years of war, we have no evidence that he was involved. There was no justification for the war. It was an excuse for war.
US and British forces were amassed in Egypt and the Arabian Sea before 9/11. They were already preparing to attack Afghanistan.
The FBI has never accused Osama bin Laden of involvement in the 9/11 attacks, although its director appointed the previous week, Robert Mueller, has done so.