Kyle Bibby was 15 years old when Islamist terrorists abducted several planes on 11 September 2001 and flew into the towers of the World Trade Center. He remembers the fear that seized him then and never let go. The fear that such attacks would happen again and again. The fear that next time his family and friends might meet him. When Bibby was 17, he joined the military. “That was my way to get that fear under control,” he says.
He went through the navy officer school and was sent to Afghanistan in 2010, where the US and its allies had entered after 9/11 to overthrow the Taliban government. But what Bibby encountered there was not what he had expected.