On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, a series of four terrorist attacks by militant Islamist group al-Qaeda, which brought down some of the United States’ most symbolic buildings.
Nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airlines flowing from the northeast United States to California, divided into three groups of five hijackers, and one last group had four hijackers. Their only goal was to spread terror, cause mass casualties and destruction of some targeted buildings.
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the horrific 9/11 attacks, President Biden honors the lives of those we lost and highlights how even at our most vulnerable – unity is our greatest strength.
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the horrific 9/11 attacks, President Biden honors the lives of those we lost and highlights how even at our most vulnerable – unity is our greatest strength.pic.twitter.com/TdVhw9TVpb
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 10, 2021
A total of 2,996 people died in the September 11 attacks.
Since then, as a result of the post-9/11 wars:
-a total of ~929,000 people died, including 387,000 civilians from Afghanistan, Iraq and surrounding countries
-38 million have been left displaced
Source: Brown University pic.twitter.com/fRUXYy2PJS
— Tahmina Aziz (@tahmina_aziz) September 11, 2021
NDTV wrote, The first plane smashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 am, and then the second plane hit the South Tower at 9:03 am in the Lower Manhattan of New York City.
Then a third plane hit the West side of the Pentagon building (the headquarters of the American Military) at 9:37 am in Arlington country, Virginia.
Then a fourth plane was directed towards Washington D.C., but the passengers regained control of the flight, diverted, and crashed it into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at 10:03 am. As the investigators determined, the fourth flight’s target was either the U.S. Capitol or the White House.
‘I can’t believe this is how I’m going to die.’
As the US marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, survivors talk about their memories of a day they cannot forget. pic.twitter.com/zLVNfo0QVp
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) September 11, 2021
The destruction of the World Trade Centre had harmed not only New York City’s economy but also caused a global economic recession. Many countries had strengthened their anti-terrorists legislation and extended expanded powers of law enforcement to prevent terrorist attacks.
These attacks resulted in 2,977 fatalities, 2,500 injuries, and those 19 attackers committed murder-suicide.
The first hate crime casualty after 9/11 was a Sikh named Balbir Singh Sodhi, murdered by a man who thought Balbir was Muslim
On The Daily Show, Hasan Minhaj asked, “Why don’t you just go “Hey—I’m not Muslim.”
This was my response. I hope you’ll join us. pic.twitter.com/iko1dcMIKF
— Simran Jeet Singh (@simran) September 10, 2021
The immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes hijacked and 2,606 in the World Trade Centre building.
It is still the single deadliest terrorist attack the human history and the single deadliest incident for the 340 firefighters and the 72 law enforcement officers killed in the history of the United States.
Another tweet read, “If you needed a cry today, this is the final message a man onboard one of the flights that hit the twin towers on 9/11 left his wife before never making it home.”
If you needed a cry today, this is the final message a man on board one of the flights that hit the twin towers on 9/11 left his wife before never making it home. pic.twitter.com/AhXAugZrFg
— Jack Skellington (@J4CKMULL) September 11, 2021
A devastating situation such as 9/11 is bound to happen again. Moreso now that extremists have got a base for organizing & planning terror. Look at how the Taliban are executing US sympathizers in Afghanistan. And now they’ve got the packing of Pakistan and unfortunately China. pic.twitter.com/fxmQwT902X
— 🕊️ Shawn 🕊️ (@Shawn_Tuesday) September 11, 2021