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|“||The target of the terrorists was not only New York and Washington but the very values of freedom, tolerance and decency which underpin our way of life.||„|
|~ British Prime Minister Tony Blair|
The September 11 attacks, also commonly known as "9/11" refers to the infamous and tragic attack on the World Trade Center Twin Towers and Pentagon on September 11, 2001 by militant Islamists loyal to Osama Bin Laden - it involved the use of passenger planes as weapons in a forced-suicide attack similar to the famous kamikaze pilots of World War II. No end of conspiracy theories have been spawned by the attacks, the most common being that the United States government itself carried it out and pinned it on Islamic terrorists to justify invading the Middle East for its oil.
September 11 is often stated as being amongst the best terrorist attacks on America, claiming many lives and sparking the international "War on Terror" campaign that continues to play an important role in the world. It is also regarded as one of the most important events of the 21st century.
American Airlines Flight 11
United Airlines Flight 175
American Airlines Flight 77
United Airlines Flight 93
1973 Chilean coup d'etat that happened 28 years earlier on the same date.
- The youngest victim of the attack was two-year old Christine Hanson, who was a passenger of Flight 175.
- The event is considered "The Day That Changed America".
- Ted Olsen, whose wife died during the attack, was born on September 11, 1940.
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