9/11 Terrorist Attack

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The four terrorist attacks were cordinated and were launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area on September 11, 2001.


Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda. Although the group's leader, Osama bin Laden, initially denied any involvement, in 2004 he claimed responsibility for the attacks. The United States responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had harbored al-Qaeda. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. Having evaded capture for years, bin Laden was located and killed by U.S. forces in May 2011.

Al Qaeda isn't your ordinary terrorist group. It primarily acts as a consulting and advice agency for other groups, such as Hezbollah. The 9/11 attacks increased their notoriety and business considerably. It was also a morale booster for radical fundamentalist Muslims everywhere.

The people who suffered

In total, almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. Nearly 200 people jumped from the buildings while all of this was happening so they wouldnt have to face the flames.

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Four different planes were highjacked.

Rescue and recovery

The New York City Fire Department deployed 200 units (half of the department) to the site. Their efforts were supplemented by numerous off-duty firefighters and emergency medical technicians. As conditions deteriorated, the NYPD aviation unit relayed information to police commanders, who issued orders for its personnel to evacuate the towers; most NYPD officers were able to safely evacuate before the buildings collapsed.

Clean up



The goal of Al Qaeda, the terrorist group that perpetrated the 9/11/2001 attacks was to symbolically destroy the United States economy. By going after the world trade center, a great deal of casualties could be inflicted and fear imposed. It was a high value as well as symbolic target. The goal of killing civilians is to inflict fear into a populace, and to provoke a response from individuals, groups or governments.