© AFP | The worst terrorist attack on US soil
At 8.46 am on Sept. 11, 2001, a hijacked airliner smashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower. As the world watched in horror, three planes then crashed into the WTC's South Tower, the Pentagon building, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
© AFP | Rebuilding Ground Zero
After nine years of financial infighting that has bogged the reconstruction at 1 World Trade Center, the centrepiece tower in the vast reconstruction project is set to be completed in 2013. The memorial opening is set for next year.
© AFP | Unholy row over 'Ground Zero Mosque'
A plan to build an Islamic Cultural Centre at 51 Park Place, near Ground Zero, sparked an acrimonious public argument over terrorism and Islam.
© AFP | Freedom of worship at stake
As the clash between opponents and supporters of the Islamic Centre plan threatened to divide the city and the nation, President Barack Obama was compelled to weigh in, when he reminded Americans that freedom of worship is one of the foundations of US democracy.
© AFP | A pastor proposes an incendiary plan
Days before the 9/11 ninth anniversary commemorations, Terry Jones, a pastor at a tiny Florida church, sparked another controversy when he announced a plan to burn Korans to mark the occasion.
© AFP | Anger across the Muslim world
Responding to Pastor Jones’ Koran-burning plan, thousands took to the streets in Afghanistan, as Muslims in Indonesia, India and Pakistan voiced their outrage. Leaders of countries including Afghanistan and Indonesia issued dire warnings against the provocative act.
© AFP | Remembering the victims
On Sept. 11, for the past nine years, families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks have gathered at Ground Zero to commemorate their loved ones.
© AFP | Marking an event that changed history
The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, not only altered one of the world’s most famous skylines, but also left an indelible mark on history. Nine years later, the world is still coming to terms with the events that changed the course of US – and world – history.