The consequences of the attacks of 11, September

Pre-University Paper, 2013
11 Pages, Grade: 2-



1. Introduction
1.1 September 11, 2001 – important facts
1.2 Att ac kers and their background
1.3 Why did I choose this topic

2. President Bush's speech after 9/11
2.1 Meaning and content
2.2 Relation to the American Dream

3. Aftermath
3.1 "War on Terror"
3.2 View on Muslims after the terrorist attack
3.3 Change of the American national consciousness

4. Formulation of a result
4.1 My own opinion about what happened after September 11 attacks

5. Sources

1. Introduction

1.1 September 11, 2001 important facts

On September 11, 2001 a total of 19 terrorists hijacked 4 civilian aircraft and headed to different targets in the United States. Two planes were steered into the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the third plane hit the pentagon in Arlington, Virginia the fourth plane which headed to the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The two towers in New York City collapsed because of the large explosion that was caused by the large amount of fuel remaining in the aircraft. The collapse caused damage to the other buildings of the WTC so that some hours later the seventh of the building complex collapsed too. The attack in New York City killed 2,606 people inside the towers, the aircraft and on the ground. The third plane hit the west side of the Pentagon and killed 189 people. The crash of the plane in Arlington costs the life of all 44 passengers. A total of 2,996 people lost their life on the September 11 attacks including operational forces of the police and firefighters.[1]

1.2 Attackers and their background

The FBI published the names of all 19 hijackers two days after the attacks. The pilots of the plains who attacked the WTC were Mohammed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi. The plain which hit the pentagon was controlled by Hani Hanjour. The machine that crashed on the ground in Shanksville was flown by Ziad Jarrah. All hijackers were born in Arab countries and belonged to the same group of radical Islamists.[2]

Mohamed Atta was born on September 1, 1968 in Kafr el-Sheikh, Egypt. He grew up in Cairo and made a study of architecture which he graduated with a diploma. Afterwards he moved to Germany and studied urban planning at the Technical University of Hamburg Harburg. From 1998 to 2001 he lived together with Ramzi Binalshibh and Said Bahaji who are members of the “Hamburg cell”. Mohamed and his roommates were members of the Salafist branch of the Islam.[3]

Marwan al-Shehhi was born on May 9, 1978 in the United Arab Emirates. In 1999 he moved to Hamburg and set up the Hamburg cell together with Mohamed Atta and Ramzi Binalshibh. At the end of 1999, Marwan traveled to Afghanistan to meet members of the al-Qaida terror organization. In March 2000 he went back to Germany. 2 month later Marwan flew to the US and acquired a pilot’s license in Venice, Florida.[4]

Hani Hanjour was born on August 13, 1972 in Ta’if, Saudi Arabia. In contrast to the other terrorists he already lived many years in the U.S. before the attacks on September 11. He frequently met with the terrorists who committed the attacks with him later. Hani successfully completed a flight training in Tucson, Arizona. He remained in America although he could not find work because of his bad English knowledge.[5]

Ziad Jarrah was born on May 11, 1975 in Mazraa, Lebanon. He moved to Germany in 1996 where he starts to study at the Technical University of Hamburg Harburg together with Mohamed Atta and other Islamists who were also involved in the attacks later. Ziad belongs to the Hamburg cell and was involved in the planning of the 9/11 attacks.[6]


[1] /2 SpiegelTV DVD 11. September


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