9/11: 9 facts about the worst terror attacks in the United states history
Sept. 11, 2019
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 terror war fought in frontiers in Afghanistan and Iraq leading to the killing in 2011 of Osama bin Laden the mastermind of the attack.
As The world remembers today, we bring you nine facts about the worst day in American history:
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 role in Afghan's war. The 9/11 attacks was planned and executed by terrorists who were trained in various cells in Europe.
Nineteen men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial airplanes 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.
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 administration led to a change US Islam relationship and the longest terror war ever fought in world’s history.
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 trade center.
At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
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.
The US government releases a tape on December 13, 2001, in which Osama bin Laden took responsibility for the attacks.
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.
Though the terror war lasted over a decade and transcended two American presidents, it was President Barrack Obama that ordered the strike which killed Bin Laden in Pakistan. The Al Qaeda terror organisation has also been decimated with many of their top leaders killed.