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911 Event Essay

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Research Paper (Historic Event That Impacted the U.S
September 11
Hist-410
8-14-2011
September 11, the cause and affects
My research paper is going to be about what happened on September 11 and the affect it had to the United States and around the world. On this day two planes hit the twin towers in New York City killing thousands of civilians and another attack on Washington D.C causing terror and destruction from the debris of buildings.
The 19 hijackers that attacked the United States were from an Islamic group named al-Qaeda. These hijackers acquired four planes and two of those planes were aim towards the North and South towers of the World Trade Center. After the attack, the ...view middle of the document...

This attack had a high casualty rate of a total of 2,996. Those number where based by the victims on the planes, the towers (around the ground of the tower), pentagon, and the 19 hijackers. Half of the people died from where the impact of the plane was (North Tower), and the ones above the impact where trapped. The victims that were trapped died by inhaling the smoke, jumping from the tower to avoid the smoke or fire, and the rest died from the collapse of the tower. The South Tower had fewer casualties because they started to evacuate when the North Tower was struck. Not only did victims inside the towers died but also emergency workers, firefighters, a chaplain, two paramedics, law enforcements, EMTs, and paramedics. Weeks after the number of casualties added up more than what was estimated to 6,000. Most of those bodies were not able to be identified due to bone and tissue fragments scattered.
How al-Qaeda came about was in the 1979 when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Bin laden help to organize the Arab mujahedeen in order to resist the Soviets. This is when he became more radical because use Islamic religion and text telling American soldiers to leave Saudi Arabia. This was the first action from the U.S that made Bin laden furious. The second action was Bin laden not in favor of the American foreign policy. This caused Bin laden wage an attack so the American soldiers can leave from Saudi Arabia. Al-Qaeda claimed they had three motives to declare their attacks towards the Western countries. The first claim was the presence of U.S troops in Saudi Arabia, second U.S support of Israel, and the last claim was the sanctions against Iraq. According to Bin laden he called for the U.S troops to leave Saudi Arabia. In those seven years al-Qaeda proclaimed that the United States have been occupying holy land, plundering riches, dictating their rules, humiliating people, and terrorizing neighbors. Bin laden believed that the U.S troop where getting to close to Mecca and insulting their Muslim world. Some believed if the U.S would have not sent troops or without troops in Saudi Arabia, there would be a less change of making people to become bombers or suicide.
The attack caused a big crash for the United States economy. The stock went on hold causing the stock to lose 1.4 trillion in value. Thousands of jobs and billions of wages were lost in New York City in a three month period after the attacks. Thousands of small businesses were destroyed. Not only did an economy crisis occur, but also a health crisis. The collapse of the towers caused hundreds of thousands of toxic debris to spread and contaminate across Manhattan. There has been thousands of death from the toxic dust and several have developed illnesses. The victims (mothers) who have survive and been in contact with the toxics might have a chance it may cause some birth defects or health problems. New York City did not want to pay for the cost of illness or other sort of issues cause...

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