Today in History: In 2001 The Twin Towers in the United States of America Were Attacked
The September 11 attacks were a series of four suicide attacks coordinated by terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qeada in New York City and Washington D.C.
On that Tuesday morning, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. They intentionally piloted two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City; both towers collapsing within two hours.
The hijackers also crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and intended to pilot the fourth hijacked jet, United Airlines Flight 93, into the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.; however, the plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers attempted to take control of the jet from the hijackers.
Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 246 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes.
The destruction of the Twin Towers caused serious damage to the economy of Lower Manhattan and had a significant impact on global markets.
On the 11th anniversary of the attacks President Obama gave an address to his fellow American.
In it he says, “We are Americans, and we will protect and preserve this country we love. On this solemn anniversary, let’s remember those we lost, let us reaffirm the values they stood for, and let us keep moving forward as one nation and one people.”