September 11 attacks

American Superpower

North America 2001.0911

September 11 attacks

America in World War II, the Cold War and today (11 September 2001)

Historical Map of North America & the Caribbean

To defeat Iraq, the US had based troops in Saudi Arabia - a move which offended a number of Muslims. One of them was the Islamist militant Osama bin Laden, whose Al-Qaeda group began conducting terrorist attacks on US-linked targets, culminating on September 11, 2001, when Al-Qaeda operatives flew hijacked passenger jets into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Virginia, with an attack on the White House in Washington DC being narrowly thwarted.

Main Events

UN Mission in Haiti

United Nations Mission in Haiti replaced the United States-led Operation Uphold Democracy forces and maintained order in Haiti.

Chávez elected president of Venezuela

Hugo Chávez, leader of the Fifth Republic Movement, won the Venezuelan presidential elections, heralding the beginning of the Bolivarian Revolution

US completes handover of Panama Canal

United States relinquished control of Panama Canal and all areas of former Panama Canal Zone to Panama

September 11 Attacks

Nineteen members of the terrorist group Al Qaeda hijacked four commercial airplanes, crashing two into the World Trade Center in New York City and one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, with the fourth crashing in Pennsylvania en route to Washington, DC.

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