Guwahati: The September 11 attacks, commonly referred to as the 9/11 attacks, are a series of airline hijacking and suicide attacks in the United States of America. On this very day in 2001, terrorists hijacked planes and deliberately flew them into major landmarks in America, killing thousands of civilians.
The nineteen attackers, trained by al-Qaeda, had been planning coordinative the attack for years. 9/11 currently marks the day of 1 of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil in the country's history.
Osama bin Laden, the leader of the militant Islamic organization the Al-Qaeda, instigated the attacks, and Khalid Sheikh Muhammad was the key operational planner.
Osama bin Laden and KSM met in Tora Bora, Islamic State of Afghanistan in1996. throughout this meeting, KSM gave proposals for an operation that resembled the attacks on 9/11.
At 8:46 am, the hijackers crashed the first plane into the globe Trade Center's North Tower and at 9:03 am, another plane was flown into the South Tower.
All the passengers on each plane were killed, in conjunction with over 2,600 individuals within the Towers and encompassing area.
At 9:37 am, another plane destroyed a part of the Pentagon, the U.S. military installation in Arlington, Virginia and by 10:03 am, a fourth flight crashed close to Shanksville, Pennsylvania once the passengers fought the hijackers.
Its target was believed to have been either the Capitol or the White House. The four attacks resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people -- over 6,000 others were injured, and most were civilians.
Notably, the targets were symbols of America's power and influence. 9/11 remodeled the first term of then U.S.President George W. Bush and led to what has since been referred to as the 'Global War on terror. For the first time in its history, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization invoked Article 5 permitting its members to reply jointly in self-defence and on Oct 7th, the U.S. and Allied Military Forces launched an attack. The war on Terror has met with mixed results, and despite formally ending in 2013, it is still in progress to the present day in several pockets across the world.