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    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks which triggered the so-called war on terror. Australian soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan and then to Iraq, conflicts that continue in some form to this day.

    Back home, the 9/11 attacks marked the start of a hostile new age for many Muslim Australians. They faced increased surveillance, media media rhetoric and a rise in Islamophobia.

    As The Drum’s Bethan Smoleniec found out, these were searing experiences for many young Muslims.

    And a warning: Some may find this footage distressing.

    Those ripple effects of September 11 are explored by academic and writer, Randa Abdel-Fattah, in her new book, Coming Of Age In The War Of Terror.

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