- Today, September 11 marks the 18-year remembrance of the worst terror attacks in the United states of America history
- In the early hours of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, terrorists inspired by the Osama bin Laden-led Al Qaeda group flew two passenger jets into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York
- It was regarded as the worst day in American history
Two other commercial planes also crashed into the Pentagon while courageous passengers and crew downed one plane in Pennsylvania.
The attacks on US soil reverberated around the world and led to a decade-long terror war fought in frontiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, leading to the killing of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the attack, in 2011.
As the world remembers today, we bring you nine facts about the worst day in American history:
1. Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda
The terror attack was carried out by Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda terror organisation. The Saudi-born Bin Laden was a US-trained engineer who had vowed to attack America over the former's role in Afghan's war.
The 9/11 attacks was planned and executed by terrorists who were trained in various cells in Europe.
2, The attack
Nineteen men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial aeroplanes bound for west coast destinations. A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania.
On September 11, 2001, 2,996 people were killed in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in NYC, the Pentagon building in Virginia, and in a plane crash in Pennsylvania.
3.The worst terror attacks on US homeland
The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 resulted in the largest loss of life by a foreign attack on American soil. The attack, which occurred during President George Bush's administration, led to a change in the US/Islam relationship and the longest terror war ever fought in world’s history.
4. The victims
At the World Trade Center (WTC) site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were deliberately crashed into the skyscrapers.
5.The Pentagon attack
At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
6. Pennsylvania attack
Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field.
It is believed that the hijackers crashed the plane in that location rather than their unknown target after the passengers and crew attempted to retake control of the flight deck.
7. Osama Bin Laden claimed responsibility
The US government released a tape on December 13, 2001, in which Osama bin Laden took responsibility for the attacks.
8. Economic impact
It is said that it cost an estimated $500, 000 to plan and execute the 9/11 attacks. The attack also cost $60 billion in damage, including damage to surrounding buildings, infrastructure and subway facilities.
The terror attack also led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.
9. Osama Bin Laden killed
Though the terror war lasted over a decade and transcended two American presidents, it was President Barrack Obama who ordered the strike that killed Bin Laden in Pakistan. The Al Qaeda terror organisation has also been decimated with many of their top leaders killed.
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