9/11 photos of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, Shanksville around the United States


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.


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