World’s Deadliest Terror Attack: 21 Years Since 9/11

from Sputnik News:

The attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with hijacked planes not only forced global airports to drastically ramp up security checks, but also prompted a 20-year-long US intervention in Afghanistan and the global fight against “terrorist groups”.

Today marks the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy – a massive terrorist attack which claimed the lives of almost 3,000 and shocked not only the US, but other countries as well.


The hunt for the purported perpetrators – the Al-Qaeda* terrorist group – resulted in the death of their notorious leader Osama bin Laden, as well as in the US military getting stuck-in in Afghanistan for 20 years fighting the Taliban*, only to effectively hand the country back to the group in 2021.

Collapse of Symbol of US Capitalism

Early in the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda* terrorists split into three groups of five and a group of four hijacked four flights departing from Boston (flights 11 and 175), Newark (flight 93) and Washington Dulles International Airport (flight 77) soon after takeoff. According to what little was reconstructed from the events on board, the hijackers used some kind of spray, possibly pepper spray, and knives to overwhelm, subdue or kill the planes’ crewmembers, as well as some passengers.

Just 47 minutes after takeoff, flight 11’s Boeing 767 controlled by the terrorists rammed the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:46 am, causing severe damage and erupting in a blast that started fires on several floors.

17 minutes later, flight 175 rammed the South Tower, also starting fires. Following the reports of the first hit, the New York City emergency services deployed up to half of their forces plus off-duty firefighters and medical personnel to rescue people from the towers and nearby buildings.
The damage to the two mega-buildings’ structures and the fires weakened the steel beams that were holding them up, resulting in the towers, symbols of US capitalist might, to collapse one after another within half an hour between 9:59 am and 10:28 am. Over 2,600 people died, including tower employees and visitors, as well as emergency services personnel.

Attacks on the Pentagon and US Capitol

As the World Trade Center’s towers burnt and the US government and citizens still attempted to comprehend the unfolding events, the third plane, flight 77, tried to ram through the Pentagon, the center that coordinates US military ventures. However, after hitting earth near the ground floor, the Boeing 757 only penetrated the first three outer rings of one of the building’s sides, killing 125 people.

The fourth plane did not reach its still-unknown target. Its direction suggested that the terrorists on board were planning to target either the White House or Capitol, with the latter presumed to be the likely goal. However, by the time it approached Washington DC, its passengers, who had tried to reach authorities and relatives by phones, learnt of the other three attacks and attempted to take back control of the plane, according to cockpit automated audio recordings.

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