9/11 remembrance: 9 facts about the worst terror attacks in US history

Today Sunday September 11, 2016 marks the fifteen years remembrance of the worst  terror attacks in the United states of America history. In the early hours of Tuesday September 11, 2001, terrorists inspired by the Osama bin Laden-led Al Qaeda flew two passenger jets into the twin towers of the World Trade center in New York.

Two other commercial planes also crashed into the Pentagon while courageous passengers and crew downed one plane in Pennsylvania. The attacks on US soil reverberated around the world and led to a decade terror war fought in frontiers in Afghanistan and Iraq leading to the killing in 2011 of Osama bin Laden the mastermind of the attack.

As The world remembers today, we bring you nine facts about the worst day in American history:

Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden claimed responsibility for the attacks

1. Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda

The terror attack was carried out by Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda terror organisation. The Saudi born Bin Laden was a US trained engineer who had vowed to attack America over the former role in Afghan’s war. The 9/11 attacks was planned and executed by terrorists who were trained in various cells in Europe.

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When the passenger jet crashed into the tower

2, The attack
Nineteen men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial airplanes bound for west coast destinations. A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. On September 11, 2001, 2,996 people were killed in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in NYC, the Pentagon building in Virginia, and in a plane crash in Pennsylvania.

World Trade Center

The burning twin towers moment after they were struck

3.The worst terror attacks on US homeland

The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 resulted in the largest loss of life by a foreign attack on American soil. The attack, which occurred during President George Bush administration led to a change US Islam relationship and the longest terror war ever fought in world’s history.

the burning tower

The burning World Trade Center

4. The victims

At the World Trade Center (WTC) site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were deliberately crashed into the trade center.

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A Victim being carried away from the rubble

5.The Pentagon attack

At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.

George Bush

Former president George Bush visited Pentagon after the attacks

6. Pennsylvania attack

Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field. It is believed that the hijackers crashed the plane in that location, rather than their unknown target, after the passengers and crew attempted to retake control of the flight deck.

Aerial view of the Pentagon Building in Washington which was also hit in the attacks

Aerial view of the Pentagon Building in Washington which was also hit in the attacks

 7. Osama Bin Laden claimed responsibility

The US government releases a tape on December 13, 2001, in which Osama bin Laden took responsibility for the attacks.

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8. Economic impact

It is said that it cost an estimated $500, 000 to plan and execute the 9/11 attacks. The attack also cost $60 billion in damage, including damage to surrounding buildings, infrastructure and subway facilities. The terror attack also led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama ordered the operation that killed Bin Laden, Al Qaeda’s leader

9. Osama Bin Laden killed

Though the terror war lasted over a decade and transcended two American presidents, it was President Barrack Obama that ordered the strike which killed Bin Laden in Pakistan. The Al Qaeda terror organisation has also been decimated with many of their top leaders killed.




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