On September 11, 2001, two aircraft attacked the World Trade Center in New York City. Al-Qaeda, an Islamic extremist group with 19 members, hijacked four aeroplanes and used them as platforms for suicide attacks on American soil. The third aeroplane crashed outside of Washington, DC, into the Pentagon, while the fourth jet went down in Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 people died as a result of the 9/11 terrorist strikes. In reaction to the 9/11 attacks, the United States implemented significant counterterrorism initiatives.
An American Airlines Boeing 767 carrying 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north side of the World Trade Center at 8:45 a.m. on September 11, 2001. As the fire progressed across the 110-story building’s 80th floor, thousands of people died. Numerous people were left trapped on the top levels. After 18 minutes, United Airlines Flight 175 slammed into the World Trade Center’s south tower, causing a 60th-story hole to burn.
Al-Qaeda, a terrorist organisation led by Saudi national Osama bin Laden, reportedly provided funding for the 9/11 attacks.
Military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Pakistan resulted in the demise of dictators Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi as well as Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. At the expense of civil freedoms, new, tighter laws were also drafted. After September 11, 2001, the security situation was impacted by all of these changes.
Here are five 9/11-related facts you may not be aware of:
On December 19, 2001, the final flames of Ground Zero were completely doused. In addition to being used on memorials all around the United States, the steel from Ground Zero was also sold to China and India.
“Bin Ladin was prepared to hijack US aircraft and conduct other strikes,” the CIA had informed Clinton. He planned to hijack a plane to secure the release of Yousef and other inmates, the CIA warned the President in his Daily Brief on December 4, 1998.
On February 26, 1993, a bomb was placed inside a car parked in the underground garage of the World Trade Center. Six persons were killed and over a thousand people were hurt when the bomb exploded. ” Ramzi Yousef, the Sunni terrorist who detonated the device, later claimed that he intended to murder 250,000 people.”
The renowned World Trade Center twin skyscrapers in New York City were struck by two aircraft. There hasn’t been much coverage of World Trade Center Structure 7, a 47-story skyscraper that is thought to have collapsed as a result of “ancillary damage” from the Twin Towers. However, the third plane struck this building.
The CIA and other organisations came up with a strategy to capture bin Laden in the beginning of 1998, the article claims. This was delayed, then revived, but it was hampered by military leaders’ reservations about relying on Afghan tribal chiefs. Then-national security advisor Sandy Berger was concerned about what would happen to bin Laden if he was captured and whether the evidence against him may result in his being found guilty of a crime in a US court.