The hijackers also intentionally crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and intended to pilot the fourth hijacked jet, United Airlines Flight 93, into the United
Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 246 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the
four planes. Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda, and in 2004, the group’s leader, Osama bin Laden,
who had initially denied involvement, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al- Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives for the attacks.
The United States responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had harbored al- Qaeda. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. In May 2011, after years at large, bin Laden was located and killed.
May the souls of the all the people who died in the attack rest in Peace and may God continue to give the families of the victims the fortitude to bear the loss!