The September 11 : The Challenges Of The 9 / 11 Attacks

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The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group “al-Qaeda” on the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.
Planning for the attack began in late 1998. A series of meetings followed soon after in which target selection and travel arrangements for the hijackers, just to name a few subjects, were discussed. Osama Bin Laden provided Leadership and financial support which involved selecting participants. Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar arrived in the United States in mid-January 2000. In spring 2000, Hazmi and Mihdhar took flying lessons in San Diego, California but both spoke little English, performed poorly with flying lessons, and eventually served as secondary or "muscle" hijackers. In spring of 2001, the secondary hijackers began arriving in the United States. In July 2001, a couple of the terrorists met in Spain, where they coordinated details of the plot, including final target selection. Bin al-Shibh also passed along bin Laden's wish for the attacks to be carried out as soon as possible. Some of the hijackers received passports from corrupt Saudi officials who were family members or used fraudulent passports to come into the country. Final target selection was made in Spain. Some of the men responsible for the attack already had some experience living

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