September 11, 2001: Ten years later
On September 11, 2001, four airliners were hijacked by 19 al Qaeda terrorists. Two of them slammed into New York’s World Trade Center while a third hit the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The fourth crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania. More than 2,900 people were killed in the worst terrorist attack on US soil. In the aftermath of 9/11, then US president George W. Bush launched a “war on terror” that saw a global crackdown on Islamist militants as well as the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. A decade later, US troop withdrawals have begun and al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the attacks, has been killed. The site of the World Trade Center, or Ground Zero, is still under construction, but the 10th anniversary of the attacks could mark the beginning of a new era.