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This front page from the Daily Telegraph shows the moment terrorists crashed two hijacked passenger jets into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Centre. Both towers collapsed, killing almost 3000 people, including 319 New York firemen. Half an hour after the second plane crashed into the twin towers, another jet crashed into the Pentagon (America's military command centre) in Washington. A third hijacked jet was probably also headed for Washington, but the passengers attempted to re-establish control of the plane, and it crashed before it reached its target.
The attacks deeply shocked America and the wider world; indeed the incident has since been at the root of many subsequent foreign and domestic policy decisions. After the attacks, America launched an all-out 'War on Terror', with the support of coalition forces from around the world, including the UK. This was primarily directed against the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the attacks; Al Qaeda, led by Osama Bin Laden. Al Qaeda is largely based in Afghanistan, so on 8 October 2001 coalition forces invaded. In March 2003, another strand of the War on Terror began with the invasion of Iraq. Millions of people around the world protested against this decision, believing the link between Sadam Hussein and 9/11 to be unjustified. Both wars continue.
Image Copyright: John Frost Newspaper Archive
Shelfmark: British Library Newspaper Archive