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todayinhistory:

11 years ago today - September 11th 2001

On this day in 2001, two hijacked planes were crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City and another into the Pentagon building in Virginia. The Twin Towers collapsed and part of the Pentagon was damaged. A fourth plane was intended for the US Capitol Building but its passengers took control and crashed the plane into a field in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks. The attacks were planned and carried out by members of the terrorist group al-Qaeda, and masterminded by Osama bin Laden. The attacks prompted greater focus on national security both in the US and abroad and led to the War on Terror which included the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. In May 2011 bin Laden was finally found and killed by US forces.

“America is under attack”
- White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card telling President Bush about the attacks