Attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon - September 11, 2001
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On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists associated with the al-Qaida terrorist organization hijacked four commercial airliners. These planes were all en route to California, originating from three different airports in the eastern United States.
The first two planes departed from Logan International Airport in Boston, were hijacked, and crashed into the main towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact of these planes, and the ensuing infernos of burning jet fuel, structurally damaged the towers to the point of collapse.
A third plane departed from Dulles International Airport, was hijacked, and crashed into the Pentagon just half an hour after the World Trade Center was struck for the second time. This attack severely damaged part of the massive structure, killing all passengers and an additional 125 people inside the building.
The fourth plane departed from Newark International Airport and was probably destined for the U.S. Capitol or the White House. However, the passengers on board fought the terrorists for control of the plane. Because of these brave citizens, the terrorists never achieved their goal and the plane crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing all 40 individuals on board.
The attacks of September 11, 2001, killed 2,998 citizens of countries spanning the globe. The al-Qaida terrorist organization claimed responsibility for planning and implementing these attacks, with their now deceased leader, Usama bin Ladin, taking responsibility in a video message following the attacks. These were the most devastating attacks on America by an outside force since the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
The Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to $25 million for information that brings to justice those responsible for these attacks.