One of the major events that marked the history of U.S is the day of September 11, 2001. The disaster that came across the nation had a huge impact not only in the social, economical and political implication of America, but also among all its citizens, as terror and fear entered through their minds.
On the deadliest day of America’s recent history, more than 3000 peoples were killed due to the 19 Al-Qaeda militants that hijacked four major airlines and after that, they conducted suicide attacks on the major objectives in that region of the country. Only three planes succeeded in hitting their targets, 2 on the World Trade Center and one in the Pentagon, as one plane crashed on a filed in Pennsylvania.
September 11, 2001 – Tuesday 08:45 A.M
In this beautiful and clear morning, a plane filled with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel ran into the north tower of World Trade Center, creating a massive hole around the 80th floor of the building. From that moment, a huge fire started inside the building and chaos has rapidly spread among the entire city’s population.
When the evacuation of the both towers was in process, as all televisions broadcasted live the terrible event that hit the nation, a second Boeing 767 – United Airlines Flight 175 – hit the second tower 18 minutes after.
As the second plane crashed into World Trade Center, a burst of explosions took place that empowered the demolition of the two main business centers in New York. The steel structure of the two towers didn’t stand a chance facing the huge amount of heat produced by the jet fuel.
September 11, 2001 – Tuesday 07:00 P.M
The former president of United States that activated in that period, George W. Bush, who spent all day running across the country with national security concerns came live at the Oval Office and gave one of the most historical declarations in the entire U.S history. Among other words, these remained imprinted in the conception of their citizens.
“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, nut they cannot touch the foundation of America. These actions shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”
According to these very sad actions that took place on that memorable day, the military army of U.S.A started the Enduring Freedom operation in Afghanistan with the goal of destroying Osama bin Laden’s network resident there and to reduce the terrorist attacks on a worldwide scale.
On 2 May, 2011, the mastermind that planned the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was found and killed by U.S forces at a hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Until June 2011, the military forces surveyed all the Afghanistan territory and defeated the Taliban insurgency campaign. After that, the newly elected president, Barack Obama announced a massive troops withdrawal as the danger has been considered to be removed.