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TERRORISM

Definition A popular term for a cluster of four coordinated attacks by al-Qaeda, an Islamic terrorist group, on major targets in the US, which was carried out on September 11, 2001

Targets

(1) World Trade Center in New York, which fell after crashed into by American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 that had been hijacked and piloted by al-Qaeda operatives, respectively bringing down the North and South towers.  

(2) Pentagon–headquarters of the Department of Defense, was similarly crashed into by American Airlines Flight 77, leading to a partial collapse in its western side.

(3) Uncertain, either the White House (home of the US President), or Congress is thought to have been the intended but failed target of a fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers.

Lives lost Nearly 3,000, including 227 civilians and 19 terrorists in the airplanes, 343 firefighters and 72 police officers. 

In view of the intimate linking of the phrase Nine Eleven with the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 in NYC and Washington DC, it appears best to reserve the alternative way of saying 911, Nine One One, for emergency and public health related uses. 

Synonym September 11, 2001 attacks 

Reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks

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