On the morning of Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, America experienced what we can only describe as the worst terrorist attack in history. The pentagon and the world trade towers were hit. Everyone was going about their business, unaware that the global terrorist organization, Al-Qaeda, had planned four separate but coordinated attacks.
It is believed that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was against America’s support for Israel, devised the plan and presented it to Al-Qaeda’s leader Osama bin Laden in 1996. The latter approved it in 1999 as he believed America’s government was strongly anti-Muslim.
Between 1999 and 2001, bin Laden hand-picked 19 terrorists whose job was to blend into the country’s culture discreetly.
On the 11th, 19 recruits boarded four domestic flights— American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into World Trade Center’s North and South Tower, respectively. The American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, and United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a Pennsylvania field.
The four crashes resulted in almost 3,000 deaths, with the World Trade Center attacks accounting for over 2,600 of them. The attacks also resulted in more than 6,000 injuries.
Horrified, the world watched the unfolding events in real-time on television and other news outlets.
Two weeks after the attacks, the Bush administration issued an ultimatum to Afghanistan’s government to give up bin Laden and other Al-Qaeda leaders or face attacks. When they did not give in, America invaded Afghanistan in what became the “War on Terror.”
Despite these events taking place nearly two decades ago, they continue to be the subject of films, talk shows, interviews, articles and books.