9/11 attacks turned the world upside down, with US and allies invading Afghanistan just days after the Al-Qaeda militants hijacked the passengers hijacked four passenger aircraft and crashed them into World Trade Center and Pentagon.
The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11)[a] were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
How many people were killed on 9//11 ?
The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Additional people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks.
But the war that was triggered by 9/11 and military operations have killed tens of thousands of civilians in Muslim countries.
US may have killed Osama bin Laden, but the rise of militant Islamic State group continue to pose a serious threat to world peace.
The IS and other militant organizations have long used American wars against Muslim countries and deaths of civilians to their advantage, recruiting thousands of new members.
The war that US started in Afghanistan just days after the 9/11 to topple the Taliban government in Kabul, still goes on with no end in sight.
After 18 years of fighting, The US administration is now holding the talks with the same Taliban militants who had hosted al-Qaeda.
How many Al-qaeda terrorists hijacked jetliners?
The hijackers in the September 11 attacks were 19 men affiliated with al-Qaeda. 15 of the 19 were citizens of Saudi Arabia, two were from the United Arab Emirates, one was from Lebanon, and one was from Egypt. The hijackers were organized into four teams, each led by a pilot-trained hijacker with three or four “muscle hijackers,” who were trained to help subdue the pilots, passengers, and crew.
What three locations were the terrorists targeting?
Four passenger airliners operated by two major U.S. passenger air carriers (United Airlines and American Airlines)—all of which departed from airports in northeastern United States bound for San Francisco and Los Angeles—were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed. Debris and the resulting fires caused a partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Center complex, including the 47-story 7 World Trade Center tower, as well as significant damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense) in Arlington County, Virginia, which led to a partial collapse of the building’s west side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was initially flown toward Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers thwarted the hijackers.
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