Today, September 11, 2021, marks the 20th anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorists hijacking three commercial planes and attacking the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, killing 2,996 people (2,977 victims + 19 al-Qaeda terrorists).
Terrorists were trained in Afghanistan during the Taliban’s leadership, and after a 20-year conflict, billions of dollars spent, and hundreds of US soldiers died, the country is now back under Taliban control, with even more weaponry and armoury under their control.
As the United States and its allies commemorate this day, here are some photographs of the traffic jam that remind us of the continual threat.
See some photos from the 9/11 attack below…
After the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center, Kelly Guenther grabbed her camera gear and ran to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade that overlooks the New York Harbor and the skyline of Lower Manhattan to snap the second plane.
People run as one of the towers of the World Trade Center collapses in New York City.
“America is under attack,” -White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card whispers into the ear of US President George W. Bush as Bush was visiting an elementary school in Sarasota, Florida, on the morning of September 11.
A man falls from one of the towers of the World Trade Center.
Women react as they witness the collapse of the World Trade Center’s South Tower, about a half-mile away on Canal Street.
People carry the Rev. Mychal F. Judge, the chaplain of the New York City Fire Department, after he was fatally struck by falling debris at the World Trade Center.
The World Trade Center’s South Tower bursts into flames after being hit by United Airlines Flight 175.
Marcy Borders stands covered in dust as she takes refuge in a New York City office building after one of the towers collapsed.
First responders assist people in the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Center’s collapse.
One of the towers of the World Trade Center collapses on September 11.
A New York City firefighter calls for 10 more rescue workers to help as he works in the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 14, 2001.
People walk across the Brooklyn Bridge as they flee Lower Manhattan on September 11.
People make their way through smoke, dust and debris on New York’s Fulton Street, about a block from the collapsed towers on September 11.