Al Qaeda Of The United States

2028 WordsApr 15, 20169 Pages
September 11th 2001 is a day Americans will remember for the rest of their lives. This was the day Al Qaeda, a radical Islamic group organized by Osama Bin Laden in the 1990’s, terrorized America. Al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and executed suicide attacks on four sites in the United States of America. The first two of the airplanes were flown into the Twin Towers in New York City, another hit the Pentagon in Washington DC and the last plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, but could have been headed towards the White House or United States capital building. Thousands of people died and these terrorists’ attacks changed America’s fabric forever. Al Qaeda is the group that started as an Islamic Army that fought against the Soviets in…show more content…
On Febuary 26th 1993, 7 members of Al Qaeda planted a bomb in a truck in a parking garage below The North Tower of the World Trade Center. Although the bomb did not do extensive damage to the World Trade Center as compared to the 9/11 attacks “…six people were killed almost instantly.” (The 1993 Trade Center Bombing) and thousands were injured in some way. Another major terrorist attack executed by Al Qaeda was the USS Cole Bombing. In October of 2000, while in Aden, Yemen the USS Cole made a rest stop to refuel. Meanwhile two suicide bombers carried explosives on a small motor boat next to the USS Cole, “The blast ripped a 40-foot-wide hole near the waterline of the Cole, killing 17 American sailors and injuring many more.”(The USS Cole Bombing) It did not stop there, before 9/11, These are just a few of the planned attacks on America by Al Qaeda prior to 9/11, but none of them were as radical as 9/11. Three main issues that changed significantly before and after 9/11 was homeland security, war, and battling terrorism. Homeland Security is a major byproduct that evolved after 9/11. America’s Homeland Security’s goal is to guarantee that America is safe, guarded, and buoyant against terrorist attacks and other harmful acts. Their core goals include: “1.Prevent terrorism and enhancing security; 2. Secure and manage our borders; 3. Enforce and administer our immigration laws; 4. Safeguard and secure cyberspace; 5. Ensure resilience to disasters;”
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