9/11 Information and Timeline

Part of the September 11 Memorial

Click here for a timeline of events: http://timeline.national911memorial.org

Here is a collection of images from that day: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/images-from-911-and-the-aftermath/2011/09/08/gIQAx9hxEK_gallery.html

Pentagon Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery

Some important facts for you to know:

1) This was not the first time al-Qaeda had attacked the World Trade Center complex. See below.

2) This was not the first time al-Qaeda had attacked the US. Al-Qaeda was known to American leaders since at least 1992. Here are some of the attacks (not including failed attempts) that occurred before September 11:

—-On December 29, 1992, al-Qaeda attacked a hotel in Yemen where they believed US soldiers were staying. Two Australians were killed, but no Americans. This was the debut attack for al-Qaeda.

—-On February 26, 1993, the first al-Qaeda attack on US soil occurred when a small cell parked a van full of explosives in the underground parking area of the World Trade Center. Six people were killed and thousands injured from the smoke and fire that broke out.

—-On August 7, 1998, simultaneous suicide car bombings occurred at US embassies on the continent of Africa at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. This was supposedly in revenge for the 8th anniversary of US troops being stationed in Saudi Arabia in preparation for the 1st Persian Gulf War.  In Nairobi, it is recorded that 212 people were killed, with about 4,000 wounded; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed 11 and wounded 85. Most of the people killed were local citizens, not Americans.

—- On October 12, 2000, a small boat full of explosives pulled up next to the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen while it was docked and blew a hole in it near the mess area, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39. Link to information on the USS Cole bombing from ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/history/uss-cole.htm

3) Saddam Hussein and his regime had no connection to the September 11 attacks. While supporting terrorist activities throughout the Middle East, Saddam Hussein was viewed with suspicion by al-Qaeda militants. The 9/11 Commission report released in 2004 verified that speculation about Iraqi involvement  in 9/11 was non-existent. Not all of those who support terrorism support each other. Although members of Saddam Hussein’s government had had contacts with al-Qaeda over the years, Osama bin Laden himself expressed dislike of the Iraqi regime on several occasions. The War in Iraq was a separate issue from the invasion of Afghanistan. Washington Post article outlining the findings from the 9/11 commission: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47812-2004Jun16.html

4) The War in Afghanistan was in direct response to that country’s sponsoring of al-Qaeda training sites. Afghanistan was invaded because it had provided safe haven and training facilities for al-Qaeda militants, going all the way back to the 1980s, when many of the fighters who would go on to form al-Qaeda fought against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. An international volunteer army of Muslims known as the Mujahadeen travelled to Afghanistan after 1979 to attempt to drive the Soviets out of that Muslim nation. With the Soviet withdrawal, some of the Afghans involved in the fight took power as the Taliban; they allowed al-Qaeda to stay in Afghanistan as it was forming in 1989. Timeline of al-Qaeda formation: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/knew/etc/cron.html

The Marble Wall of Names from Flight 93’s Memorial in Pennsylvania

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