25 Rare and Devastating Photos From the September 11 Attacks

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The September 11 attacks were a series of coordinated terror attacks committed by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

Four passenger airplanes were hijacked by 19 terrorists. Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Both 110 story buildings collapsed causing ash and debris to cause fires and partial or complete collapse of all the surrounding buildings.

A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Department of Defense, causing partial collapse on the western side.

A fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was hijacked and initially steered towards Washington D.C. but crashed in Stonycreek Township, PA after its passengers attempted to overcome the hijackers.

The September 11 attack remains to be the worst terrorist attack ever committed with 2,977 people killed. 343 firefighters, 72 law enforcement officers, and 55 military personnel all perished attempting to rescue any and all survivors.

The 19 terrorists also died. They cannot, in good conscience, be included in the death toll of the victims and heroes.

The world will never forget.

Statue of Liberty with the smoke Billowing up from Ground Zero. Ranker
At 8-46 AM EST, a passenger airliner, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower.Robert Miller. Sipa Press
A plane impacts the second tower. Dan Doane Jr. Sipa Press
Less than an hour after it was hit, the South Tower collapsed and imploded in on itself. Robert Miller. Sipa Press
New Yorker looks on at the the attack in shock. Andrew Lichtenstein:Corbis via Getty Images
The smoke leaves the city in a horrible shroud. Detective Greg Semendinger:National Institute of Standards and Technology
Toxic Dust and Debris fill Manhattan. Greg Semedinger
View of Manhattan from the ISS on 9/12. NASA
Covered in ash and debris .Gulnara Samoilova, 2001. New-York Historical Society
Firefighters look over the devastation. Ranker
It took firefighters just over 100 days to put out all the fires ignited by the 9/11 attacks on New York. Ranker
Later in 2001, Congress approved a measure making September 11th a National Holiday to honor those fallen, and those who served on that day. Patriots Day is observed every year on the anniversary of the attacks. U.S. Navy Photo