Aftermath Of The September 11 Terrorist Attacks

On September 11, 2001, the deadliest terrorist attack in human history was carried out against the United States by the extremist group Al-Qaeda led by Osama bin Laden. The attack started at 8:46 am. Eastern Time, when a Boeing 767 collided with the side of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Confused, the media and intelligence agents speculated that it was an accidental crash of a prop plane, but all such theories were quickly dispelled when another commercial airliner struck the South Tower only 17 minutes later at 9:03 am. collided with.


American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon just 34 minutes later, causing a portion of the building to collapse immediately. Finally, a fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after the passengers and crew fought heroically against the hijackers, prompting them to re-attack their plans in Washington, D.C. Forced to leave, although the New York City Fire and Police Departments rescued thousands from the Twin Towers, both towers collapsed within two hours of the initial strike, killing everyone still trapped inside. Ultimately, the attacks resulted in 2,977 confirmed deaths (including 412 first responders), 25,000 injured, and property damage worth several billion dollars.

The north face of the Two World Trade Center (South Tower) shortly after it collided with United Airlines Flight 175.

Health Effects

Search and rescue began immediately after the New York City fire department had become "ground zero" with the hope of finding survivors. They managed to rescue 18 people, some of whom survived for more than a day under the rubble, but even after 20 years, a staggering 40% of the victims were not matched by any recovered remains. that the incinerator was due to heat and excessive force. the destruction. As a result of their efforts, many first responders have experienced side effects, including serious illness and death, from exposure to heavy metals and toxins such as asbestos during disasters. FDNY more than 250 Workers alone have died from 9/11-related illnesses, and thousands have been diagnosed with cancer.

legal consequences
In an effort to prevent future attacks, a series of laws were fast-tracked through legislative channels in the United States, such as the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which created the Department of Homeland Security and how electronic communications were monitored by the government. restrictions on it are loosened. suspected terrorist. With the birth of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in November 2001, the days of running through an airport to prevent your true love from making the biggest mistake of your life or greeting a loved one at the gate are past. became a matter of .

Taliban fighters in Kabul, August 17, 2021.

In its haste to identify and bring down the leaders of the attack, the federal government attracted even more controversy with the opening of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, its "enhanced interrogation methods" and the detention of detainees indefinitely without trial. Thanks for the tendency to keep up. In the end, it didn't help; American intelligence operatives identified a courier working for bin Laden, who eventually took them to his location in Pakistan, where he was sent to the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or SEAL. Team Six, on 2 May 2011.

The War On Terror

Arguably, the United States' most important response to 9/11 was the War on Terror, a loosely defined call to arms against global terrorism that sent American military operations to countries such as Iraq, Pakistan, and the Philippines. Only one person, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, voted against the war in Afghanistan in the months following the attack, urging the House to "pause for just a minute, and think about the implications of our actions today." done so that it doesn't spiral out of control." Over the past 20 years, the war in Afghanistan became the United States' longest conflict, with more than 2,000 American soldiers killed and nearly 20,000 wounded.

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