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9/11 attack

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.

Escaping the South Tower

This is what the twin towers site looks like now, this place is now called 'Ground Zero'.

Recovering History

What Happened?

The 9/11 attack!!

10 Did You Know Facts?1. September 11, 2001, was the deadliest day in history for New York City firefighters: 343 were killed.2. 20 people were pulled from the rubble alive.3. Fires raged for 99 days.4. One of the plane engines survives crash.5. Ron DiFrancesco managed to escape from collapsing South Tower.6. The rescue and recovery clean-up of the 1.8 million tons of wreckage from the World Trade Center site took 9 months.7. 9/11 was not the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. A bombing in February of 1993 killed six people.8. While video accounts of the WTC attack aired immediately, no video footage of the Pentagon attack was publicly released until 2006.9. 9/11 was the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil.10. World Trade Center Building 7, a 47-floor building, collapsed later on that same day.

These are the twin towers being hit by the two hijacked planes.

Collapse of the North Tower

The end result of the fallen twin towers.

If you want to find out more about 9/11 search the following website: http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacks


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