On This Day…
On the 11th September 2001 Al-Qaeda intentionally crashed into the Twin Towers and Pentagon
On 11 September 2001 Al-Qaeda intentionally crashed three hijacked commercial airplanes with their passengers into the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon in Washington DC. A fourth attack – United Airlines Flight 93 – was initially flown toward Washington DC but crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, after passengers thwarted the hijackers. A total of 2,977 people died as a result of the attacks. In 2019 the remains of three victims were identified through advances in DNA testing.
Following the attacks, the UN authorised military operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan. This was justified on the grounds that the Taliban were providing safe haven to Al-Qaeda and allowed terrorists to plan and carry out attacks around the world.
Operation Enduring Freedom
In October, the US led a military campaign, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), to remove the Taliban from power. The initial attacks were carried out from the air and by forces working with the Northern Alliance, a group of Afghan opponents of the Taliban who controlled the northeast of the country. The Taliban government collapsed by the end of 2001, with remnants melting back into southern Afghanistan and the Pakistani tribal areas.
Picture above Ground Zero – the site of the Twin Towers in the aftermath – now the site of the One World Trade Center and memorial.
Below The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia
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