HGov: Remembering 9-11


9-11-flagThe September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United  States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists so they could be flown into buildings in suicide attacks. Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted at Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. In total, almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes.

President Bush recalls what he was thinking and feeling and what drove the real-time, life-or-death decisions he faced in the first minutes and hours after the most lethal terrorist attacks ever on U.S. soil. In unprecedented, intimate detail, hear what he grappled with as both commander in chief, and as a man concerned for his family and fellow citizens.

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