The September 11, 2001 attacks, also referred to as simply the 9/11 attacks, were, according to the conclusion of an investigation commissioned by the United States government, a set of coordinated suicide bombings carried out by members of the Islamic Jihadi terror organization al-Qaeda. The attacks were responsible for the complete destruction of both World Trade Center towers 1 and 2 (the twin towers), the collapse of World Trade Center 7, as well as severe damage to the Pentagon. In addition to the 19 hijackers, the attacks caused the deaths of 2,974 people from over 90 countries, the majority of which were civilians. The attacks were used as a justification for starting the "War on Terrorism". Critics have questioned the official version.
Events of 9/11
According to the '9:11 Commission' chaired by the United States, on the morning of September 11th, 2001, nineteen Arabs affiliated with al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners (United Airlines Flight 175 and American Airlines Flight 11) into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City, resulting in the collapse of both buildings soon afterward and extensive damage to nearby buildings. The hijackers crashed a third airliner (American Airlines Flight 77) into the Pentagon in Virginia, near Washington, D.C. A fourth aircraft (United Airlines Flight 93) went down into a field near the town of Shanksville in Pennsylvania.
After a major push from victims' family members in New York, the United States government was finally forced to commission an investigation into the attacks of 9/11. However, the Chairman of the commission being a political associate of then President George Walker Bush has led many, including some of those actually chairing the commission, to call the investigation a conflict-of-interest and a cover-up. The commission finally concluded that 19 Islamic fundamentalists, under the commission of Osama Bin Laden, were able to successfully outmaneuver the United States intelligence community and carry out the attacks undetected, using box-cutters to overwhelm the pilots and navigate the planes to their target, specifically World Trade Centers 1 and 2 in New York.
Several alternative theories to the events of 9/11 have emerged which contradict the official account of the attacks. Those who question the official story identify themselves as being part of the 9/11 Truth Movement, and their claims typically include suggestions that individuals in the government of the United States, Saudi Arabia, and/or Israel knew of the impending attacks and refused to act on that knowledge.
Some have suggested the attacks were a false flag operation carried out with the intention of stirring up the passions and winning the allegiance of the American people in order to facilitate military spending, support Israeli oppression of the Palestinians, the restriction of civil liberties, and/or a program of aggressive and profitable foreign policy.
Several members of the 9/11 Truth Movement claim that the collapse of the World Trade Center was the result of a controlled demolition and/or that United Airlines Flight 93 was shot down. Some also contend that a commercial airliner did not crash into the Pentagon; this position is debated within the 9/11 Truth Movement, with many who believe that AA Flight 77 did crash there, but that it was allowed to crash via an effective stand down of the military.
In 2016, 28 pages of the Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11 report were declassified, although in redacted form. They describe evidence for involvement by Saudi government officials. Mainstream media descriptions of what the pages state and imply have been criticized as misleading. A cover-up of Saudi involvement has been argued.
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