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Smoke billows from the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center before they collapsed on September 11, 2001 in New York, NY - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.09.2021
9/11: 20 Years Later
On 11 September 2001, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked and crashed four passenger jets, destroying the World Trade Centre towers in New York and damaging the Pentagon. The attack killed almost 3,000 people and injured 25,000, prompting the launch of US-led military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.

George W. Bush Commemorates 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

© REUTERS / HANNAH BEIERPeople spend time at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, in Stoystown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 10, 2021.
People spend time at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, in Stoystown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 10, 2021.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 11.09.2021
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On this day 20 years ago, 19 al-Qaeda* terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jets. Two of the planes were flown into the World Trade Center towers in New York. Another plane struck the west side of the Pentagon, and yet another one crashed in Pennsylvania before reaching its presumed target.
Former US President George W. Bush and his spouse Laura Bush visit the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
During his visit, George W. Bush will deliver crucial remarks commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
A total of 2,977 people died in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington and in the crash of Flight 93.
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*A terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other countries.
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