TODAY IN HISTORY, September 11th, 2001: At 8:45AM EST, an American Airlines Boeing aircraft crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. A little later at 9:03AM a second airliner crashes into the South Tower and explodes. At the time U.S. President George W. Bush visited a school class in Sarasota Florida. An employee whispers to him what had occurred near the Hudson River in New York City a few minutes earlier. What after the first impact had still looked like an accident now turned out to be the worst and most insidious terrorist attack on the United States since World War II when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. At 9:43 A.M. a third aircraft crashed into the Pentagon and a fourth plane that was most likely supposed to destroy the White Housecrashed near Pittsburgh. At 10:07AM the South Tower collapses and at 10:27 A.M. the North Tower of the World Trade Center follows. America is in shock public life is thrown into chaos. Images of surveillance cameras at the airports and the passenger lists of the hijacked planes quickly make it clear that radical Islamists were behind the terrorist attacks. Islamist leader Osama bin Laden believed to be under the protection of the Taliban in the Afghan mountains and his terrorist network Al Qaeda come under suspicion. A lot of conspiracy theories have since swirled around the perpetrators and the possible background for the terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001. The terrorist attacks on the United States claim the lives of more than 3000 people. The date 9/11 marks a turning point with the U.S. war on terror the world would change permanently. New concepts of enemies were created this time between the Orient and Occident.
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