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The September 11th Attacks (alternatively called the September 11 attacks), or simply known as 9/11, was a series of terrorist attacks conducted by the Red Army Faction on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The Red Army Faction is a group of ex-Soviet loyalists that was responsible for previous terrorist attacks following the dissolution of Soviet Union after World War III. Attacks happened simultaneously in several cities in the United States, Western Europe, and notable allies of the West. This led the United States, NATO, former foe Russia, and several countries on a "War on Terror" which targeted Red Army Faction cells in several nations abroad. The international community also targeted other terrorist organizations around the world following this.
The attacks mainly came in the form of mass shootings, mass stabbing, bombings, suicide bombing, car bombs, and attempted hijacking of transport.
Prelude to the Attacks
There were already several sympathizers of the RAF. Many of them secretly blended in to Western society by pretending to be tourists, businessmen, and immigrants. They were already in contact with their leaders halfway across the world. From there, they practiced their shooting, stabbing, infiltrating, and hijacking skills for almost five years. The terrorists would also purchase weapons and weapons parts in preparation for the attacks. In addition to that, they would also study the areas they would conduct their attack: mainly tourists attractions, mass transit systems, government buildings, and military bases.
America Under Attack
Tuesday, September 11, 2001, began as an ordinary day in America. People went to work, commuters hopped on the bus or trains while travelers both in the US and abroad boarded the planes and ships. It was just roughly ten years after the end of World War III. People around the world were looking forward to a better future in the new millenieum as the 20th century brought up three global conflicts that was very destructive for the human race. However, things would change on that fateful day.
Communist terrorists, posing as the average tourist, businessman, and immigrant, were already in position of the targeted cities. Some were heavily armed, some had concealed weapons, while relied on remote-detonated explosives. Others would go on and infiltrate air bases to hijack fighter jets. At 8:46 am, the first part of the attacks began.
New York Metropolitan Area (including NJ)
In New York, vans containing a bomb parked in Times Square, the Empire State Building, the United Nations building, and the foot of the World Trade Center. Simultaneously, the bombs exploded, killing a total of 127 bystanders and injuring 734 others (others was caused by the stampede). For the New Yorkers, it felt like that Soviet terrorist attack back then in 1989 but little did they know the worse was to come. A terrorist snuck a bomb in the North Tower of the WTC which exploded on the 56-60 floors, the one in the South Tower failed to explode. Gunmen armed with AK-47s then stormed the streets of Lower Manhattan and the areas around Times Square, killing an additional 200 people before being gunned down by elements of the NYPD and the ESU. In the minutes that followed, confusion and panic gripped the city of New York. By 9:15 am, a bomb exploded on the 27th street subway explosion. Five minutes later, all bridges and tunnels to Manhattan were sealed, travel by cars was halted, and New Yorkers were advised to stay indoors or evacuate via boat in the Lower Manhattan section. Meanwhile by 10:09am, across the Hudson, the terrorists attack Newark International Airport by gunning down over 136 civilians and airport police before being neutralized by a SWAT Team. The attacks have shocked the America and the world, but things weren't over by that point.
Attacks in the Federal District (includes DC, Maryland, and Virginia)
The West Coast
Europe Under Attack
- Andrews AFB, MD
- Atlanta, GA
- Boston, MA
- Camp David, MD (intercepted)
- Cape Canaveral, FL (partially successful)
- Chicago, IL
- CIA Headquarters, VA (Langley, VA)
- Fort Benning, GA (partially successful)
- Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Honolulu, HI (intercepted)
- Houston, TX
- Los Angeles, CA
- Miami, FL
- New York City, NY
- Newark, NJ
- NORAD HQ, Cheyenne Mountain, CO (failed)
- Norfolk Naval Base, VA
- Offut AFB, NE (intercepted)
- Philadelphia, PA
- San Diego, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Seattle, WA
- Washington, D.C. (intercepted)
- Manchester (intercepted)
Note: all attempted attacks failed and were intercepted.
- Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory
- Sovereign Bases of Akrotiri and Dhekelia
- Aviano AB
- NAS Naples
- Vatican City (failed)
- Moron AB (partially successful)
- NAS Rota (intercepted)
- The Hague (partially successful)
- NATO Headquarters, Brussels (partially successful)
- Ramstein AB