|In Memoriam, September 11, 2001|
On the morning of September 11, 2001, what might well be the most devastating terrorist attack in the history of the world occurred concurrently in New York City, Washington, D.C. and near Pittsburgh. Four passengers jets were hijacked and then deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Both towers of the World Trade Center subsequently collapsed and part of the Pentagon was destroyed in the ensuing fire. Casualties are expected to be in the thousands: 266 passengers; about 6600+ people, including hundreds of firefighters who had rushed in, at the World Trade Center; and 125 at the Pentagon.
Some passengers on the doomed flights were able to make phone calls reporting on events on board. They reported that there were more than one hijacker on each plane, and that they took control of the planes using box-cutter knives. It appears that the passengers on the fourth jet tried to overpower the hijackers and that the plane crashed in a sparsely populated area as a result, thereby missing its intended target which may have been the White House.
The attack had immediate and deep global political effects and economic effects; as well as an international outpouring of memorials and services. The massive undertaking of rescue and recovery, and providing assistance to the survivors and victims, is ongoing. There will be a great need for donations for a long time.
Though no group has claimed responsibility, the US government immediately launched a full-scale response, stating its intentions to go to war against those responsible. On October 7, a coalition led by the United States launched an attack in Afghanistan. See 2001 U.S. Attack on Afghanistan.
A minute-by-minute breakdown of events, and a history of events leading up to the attack. Where to [add] or read the latest breaking news.
Victims and survivors, and their personal stories. All together, these pages may serve as a memorial to those lost. Your help is welcome and needed.
How people across the world have helped, and can continue to do so. What is being done to assist victims.
How people have responded.
The long-term history of the attack.
See also: World Trade Center -- Pentagon -- New York City -- Washington, D.C. -- AA Flight 11 -- UA Flight 75 -- AA Flight 77 -- UA Flight 93 -- U.S. Department of Defense -- FBI -- terrorism -- domestic terrorism -- terrorist incidents -- Osama bin Laden -- Taliban -- Islamism -- Afghanistan -- collective trauma -- September 11
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