The country changed forever on this day 21 years ago.
Terrorists hijacked and crashed passenger planes into buildings in New York and just outside Washington, D.C. A hijacked plane plunged into an empty field, its hijackers’ plans were foiled by a brave group of passengers.
Nearly 3,000 victims were killed by the September 11 attacks by the extremist group al-Qaeda. New York City has lost more than 400 first responders who rushed to help at the burning World Trade Center. More than 83,000 first responders have enrolled in a Centers for Disease Control program that provides support for a number of medical conditions, such as cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder, resulting from being at the site of attacks.
From the archives:As the 9/11 attacks unfolded, no one knew if any hijackers were on board
September 11, 2001 paved the way for a new “global war on terrorism” launched by former US President George W. Bush. The US military and its allies set out to eliminate the Taliban-hosted al-Qaida terror network in Afghanistan in a costly war that ended last year with the withdrawal of US troops and the takeover of the country by the Taliban.
US counterterrorism operations eliminated the minds behind the 9/11 attacks. A 2011 Navy SEAL operation killed infamous al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and a missile strike in July killed Ayman al-Zawahri, whom the United States believed to be a co-planner of the attacks. September 11th.
Opinion:The War on Terror moved my family to a Muslim country. It was the adventure of a lifetime.
Here are some of the most powerful images captured during and after the 9/11 attacks.
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