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18 Years after the 9/11: How the September 11 terror attack unfolded
Oneindia | 11th Sep, 2019 06:47 PM
  • 9/11: How it happened?

    Four passenger airlines were hijacked by 19 terrorists. Two were crashed into the World Trade Centre, while a third was crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth initially flown towards Washington DC crashed into a field at Pennsylvania.

    Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed. Debris and the resulting fires caused a partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Center complex, including the 47-story 7 World Trade Center tower, as well as significant damage to ten other large surrounding structures.

    A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense) in Arlington County, Virginia, which led to a partial collapse of the building's west side.

    The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was initially flown toward Washington, D.C. but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers thwarted the hijackers.

    9/11 is the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history and the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers[7] in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed, respectively.


  • Aftermath of the September 11 attacks

    The September 11 attacks transformed the first term of President George W. Bush and led to what he has called the Global War on Terrorism.

    The U S government increased military operations, economic measures and political pressure on groups which it accused of being terrorists, as well as increasing pressure on the governments and countries which was accused of sheltering them. October 2001 saw the first military action initiated by the US. Under this policy, the NATO invaded Afghanistan in order to remove the Taliban regime (which harbored al-Qaeda) and capture al-Qaeda forces.The war, however, is still ongoing.


  • Rescue and recovery

    Recovery took years, and the economy declined drastically after the attacks.

    Outside of the general hazards due to fires, falling debris, heavy machinery, broken metal, and the hazardous air conditions, there were also hidden concerns within the clean up zone. The parking garage under the World Trade Center at the time of the attacks held nearly 2,000 automobiles, which each held an estimated 5 gallons of gasoline, which could ignite and explode. Other concerns were around buried fuel tanks that were located on the site, and the 1.2 million rounds of ammunition that were housed at Building 6 for the use of the U.S. Customs Service.


  • Backlash and hate crimes

    In the weeks following the attacks, there was a surge in incidents of harassment and hate crimes against South Asians, Middle Easterners, and anyone thought to be "Middle Eastern-looking" people-particularly Sikhs, because Sikh males usually wear turbans, which are stereotypically and erroneously associated with Muslims by many Americans.

    In many cities there were reports of vandalism against mosques and other Islamic institutions, including some cases of arson.[14][15][16][17] In the year after the attack, anti-Muslim hate crimes jumped 1,600 percent and this is further aggravated by a climate of prejudice that manifests in different ways.


  • Health effects

    Eighteen years after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath at ground zero.

    There has been growing concern over the health effects arising from the September 11 attacks. Following the attacks, dust from the pulverized buildings continued to fill the air of the World Trade Center site. Increasing numbers of New York residents are reporting symptoms of Ground Zero respiratory illnesses.




Washington, Sep 11: On September 11, 2001, at 8:46 am, nearly 3,000 people were killed when four hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon near Washington and a field near Shanksville in Pennsylvania.

The 9/11 attack anniversary brings back haunting memories of the fateful day that "changed the world forever".

A crowd of victims' relatives is expected at ground zero on Wednesday, while President Donald Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon. Vice President Mike Pence is to speak at the third attack site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Image Courtesy: www.defense.gov

   
 
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