9-11 Facts For Essays

The September 11 terrorist attacks shocked the world and changed the United States forever.
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What Happened on 9/11?

Explain the September 11 terrorist attacks to kids with these informative questions and answers.

By Natalie Smith

What happened that day?

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the Unites States. They hijacked four airplanes in mid-flight. The terrorists flew two of the planes into two skyscrapers at the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact caused the buildings to catch fire and collapse. Another plane destroyed part of the Pentagon (the U.S. military headquarters) in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Officials believe that the terrorists on that plane intended to destroy either the White House or the U.S. Capitol. Passengers on the plane fought the terrorists and prevented them from reaching their goal. In all, nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks.

Who attacked us?

A total of 19 terrorists hijacked the four planes on 9/11. All of the men were from nations in the Middle East. They belonged to a terrorist group called Al Qaeda (ahl KAY-dah), led by Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda practices an extreme version of the religion of Islam. The group is intensely opposed to the United States and other Western, democratic nations. They are especially against the military presence of these countries in Arab nations. Since the group’s creation by bin Laden in the late 1980s, Al Qaeda has helped coordinate and fund numerous bombings worldwide.

How did America respond to 9/11?

In October 2001, the U.S. and its allies invaded Afghanistan, where Al Qaeda was based. The extreme Islamic group that ran Afghanistan's government, known as the Taliban, was protecting Bin Laden and allowing Al Qaeda to run training camps in the country. U.S.-led forces soon brought down the Taliban. They are are still working to help rebuild and stabilize the nation. Since 2001, many Al Qaeda members have been captured or killed. On May 1, 2011, U.S. troops killed Bin Laden where he was hiding in Pakistan.

The U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. Then President George W. Bush and other U.S. leaders believed that the country’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, was hiding terrible weapons that could be given to terrorists. Hussein was captured and later put to death by an Iraqi court. No weapons of mass destruction were found.

How did America change after 9/11?

Following 9/11, the U.S. government took many steps to try to make the country safer. It tightened security at airports and in public buildings. A new cabinet-level department—the Department of Homeland Security—was created. It works to protect the United States from terrorism.

 

Suggestions For Composing An Expository Essay About 9/11

The terrorist attack that took place on September 11th in 2001 has been one of the most shocking of all times. This date is frequently cited shortly as 9/11 provided that there are no other similar events that could be confused with the attack that the World Trade Centre suffered. An expository essay focused on this topic should present the most relevant events that occurred before and after the commercial planes crashed the Twin Towers. Read this post to learn about what information you should include in this essay.

Why did this terrorist attack take place?

This is arguably the most controversial issue that involves this tragic event where hundreds of citizens from all over the world died dramatically. A lot of theories have been proposed on this context aiming to explain the causes. The most accepted idea is that Al Qaeda – headed by Osama Bin Laden at that time – was able to hijack two commercial flights and managed to crash them onto the Twin Towers. This attack was meant to be a claim for the terrorists from Mid Orient. You should research is new evidence has been revealed recently in this context.

How was it possible?

Amazingly as it may appear, this really happened. Two skyscrapers were destroyed using two planes as missiles. How didn't the authorities managed to stop the situation from ending this way? This is an inquiry that has allowed even more theories, some of them conspirational. It has been proposed that some politicians favoured the attack by some hypothesis. These ideas respond to the lack of information behind some actual facts. In addition, crazy theories have been suggested because it is simply hard to believe that this terrorist attack was actually possible in USA. You should research and present an overview of the main ideas in this regard.

Was it anyone's failure?

Needless to mention that there are also several hypothesis in this context just as there for the previous questions. However, you may create a comparison in order to present the evidence to the readers.

What are the security measures in airports nowadays?

As a consequence of this terrorists attack, airports increased their security measures drastically worldwide. Nowadays, you can no longer carry liquids as freely as before on your hand luggage. There are quite a few restrictions that appeared after 9/11 in order to prevent any similar attack from taking place again. You should review the most important security measures as a part of your research.

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