Response to 9-11

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Response to 9/11 The Event On 11th September 2001, four planes were hijacked by Al-Qaeda. One of the planes flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre in New York City. 20 minutes after this horrible event, with camera crews sending pictures all over the world, a second plane crashed into the South Tower. Both Towers collapsed, killing 2,752 people. This number includes the innocent people on the planes, firemen, policemen and medical staff who had all gone to assist the crisis. A third plane then later crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the US military). 190 people died, including 64 passengers and crew who were on the plane. The fourth plane then later crashed in Pennsylvania after the people tried to retake the plane from the hijackers. 40 passengers and crew died. Motive Al-Qaeda was created in 1989 from Arab volunteers and is opposed to all non-Islamic governments. It was lead by Osama Bin Laden. They specifically wished to drive America from Saudi Arabia which they considered to be very holy as Mecca and Melina are here. They will challenge non-Islamic governments in anyway, including force. Al-Qaeda operates in 40-50 countries in the Middle East, Asia, North America and Europe. In each country they recruit new members, raise funds and plan operations to plan their attacks. They hope that continued attacks on non-Islamic governments and their people will eventually persuade America to leave Saudi Arabia. The Response (1) War on Terror In response to 9/11, George W. Bush, the US president established the War on Terror. There primary goal was to defeat Al-Qaeda and the Taliban dictatorship that was running Afghanistan and who were protecting Osama Bin Laden. On 7th October 2001 troops from US and the UK invaded Afghanistan. While the Taliban was defeated in weeks, Osama Bin Laden survived until 2011 and as of January

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