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Ten years after 9/11, what have we learned? An exclusive extract from the new afterword to the 9/11 Commission report

In tribute: since 2003, the anniversary of 9/11 has been marked by twin shafts of light, projected upwards from near Ground Zero

The 2004 report by the 9/11 Commission, or the Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, was a landmark in government analysis of a catastrophe. The report by the bipartisan commission also became a bestseller; unusually for a government report, it was praised for its literary quality, and was a finalist in the National Book Awards for non-fiction.

Philip Zelikow, the executive director of the commission, has written a new…

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