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At a. President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, led a moment of silence at the White House before going to the Pentagon, where 64 people aboard a hijacked American Airlines jet were killed, along with people in the building. Trump delivered his remarks at the Pentagon days after canceling peace talks with the Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan in and provided a haven for Al Qaeda, the terrorist group that hijacked the planes in the attacks.
In Shanksville, Vice President Mike Pence spoke at an observance celebrating the heroism of the passengers aboard the plane who took on the hijackers and sacrificed their lives.
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At ground zero , readers began reciting the names of the dead, one by one — brothers, sisters, cousins, mothers, husbands, wives, a solemn process that lasted nearly until the end of the ceremony, shortly after noon. Some family members brushed away tears as the names were read. Some carried flowers or wore T-shirts with names.
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Some held placards above the crowd with images of their loved ones. And others who attended said they had their own traditions that they followed. Margie Miller, whose husband, Joel, died, said she always goes to the place at the memorial where his name is engraved. She touches it tenderly.
He was 55 when he died. He was an assistant vice president at Marsh and McLennan, the management consulting firm. His office was on the 97th floor. Miller said. He breathed here and he died here. La-Shawn Clark said this anniversary was a particularly difficult one because her husband — Benjamin Keefe Clark, an executive with Fiduciary Trust International who was 39 and whose office was on the 93rd floor of the south tower — cannot share a milestone, the birth of their first granddaughter, due next month.
She knew she would not get an answer, she said, wiping away tears. She said that the memorial was where she sensed his presence the most. In the years since the attacks, those who were children in , like Ashley Nelson, have grown up and found their places in the world — a world that has struggled to adapt to terror attacks.
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Nelson was 6 years old in On Wednesday she paid tribute as she stood silently, her arms crossed, near the ceremony. Steve Knowles, who lives in Fairfield, Conn.
He wore a Yankees cap, snapping photographs of the ceremony from across the street. Andrew M. Bloomberg, the former mayor who is the chairman of the National Sept. Kelly, a former New York City police commissioner.
Rudolph W. Giuliani, who was heralded for his leadership as mayor of New York when the twin towers were attacked, recalled the tragedy and valor of that day in a tweet. The 18th anniversary, not a major milestone like the fifth or the 10th, is taking place in an area that rebounded as it was rebuilt and, some say, as the country moved on.
The crowd outside the ceremony thinned as the morning went on. Men and women in business clothes rushed from one appointment to the next. Mohammed Atta was selected to head the operation. He and 18 other terrorists, most of whom were from Saudi Arabia , established themselves in the United States, where some received commercial flight training. All 19 hijackers died in the attacks, bin Laden was killed by U. The attacks had a profound and lasting impact on the country, especially regarding its foreign and domestic policies.
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Meanwhile, security measures within the United States were tightened considerably, especially at airports. To help facilitate the domestic response, Congress quickly passed the controversial USA PATRIOT Act , which significantly expanded the search and surveillance powers of federal law-enforcement and intelligence agencies. Additionally, a cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security was created.
The September 11 attacks were precipitated in large part because Osama bin Laden , the leader of the militant Islamic organization al-Qaeda , held naive beliefs about the United States in the run-up to the attacks. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed became active in the Muslim Brotherhood , which he joined at age 16, and then he went to the United States to attend college, receiving a degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Afterward he traveled to Pakistan and then Afghanistan to wage jihad against the Soviet Union , which had launched an invasion against Afghanistan in And I think by putting his hand in the hands of bin Laden, he realized that now he stood a chance of bringing about his long awaited dream.
Bush and the U. The September 11 plot demonstrated that al-Qaeda was an organization of global reach. Key parts of the September 11 plot took shape in Hamburg.
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The militant put the Hamburg cell in touch with an al-Qaeda operative living in Germany who explained that it was difficult to get to Chechnya at that time because many travelers were being detained in Georgia. He recommended they go to Afghanistan instead. Although Afghanistan was critical to the rise of al-Qaeda, it was the experience that some of the plotters acquired in the West that made them simultaneously more zealous and better equipped to carry out the attacks.
Three of the four plotters who would pilot the hijacked planes on September 11 and one of the key planners, Ramzi Binalshibh, became more radical while living in Hamburg. Some combination of perceived or real discrimination , alienation, and homesickness seems to have turned them all in a more militant direction.
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Atta and the other members of the Hamburg group arrived in Afghanistan in right at the moment that the September 11 plot was beginning to take shape. Bin Laden and his military commander Muhammad Atef realized that Atta and his fellow Western-educated jihadists were far better suited to lead the attacks on Washington and New York than the men they had already recruited, leading bin Laden to appoint Atta to head the operation. The hijackers, most of whom were from Saudi Arabia , established themselves in the United States, many well in advance of the attacks.
They traveled in small groups, and some of them received commercial flight training. Putting it together, it meant that the attacks would occur on , or 11 September in most countries the day precedes the month in numeric dates, but in the United States the month precedes the day; hence, it was in the United States. On September 5 Binalshibh left Germany for Pakistan.
Once there he sent a messenger to Afghanistan to inform bin Laden about both the day of the attack and its scope. You are using an outdated browser.