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On September 11, 2011, 19 Saudi Arabian Muslims representing the al-Qaeda terrorist network hijacked four commercial airplanes, two of which crashed into New York City’s Twin Towers and one crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Although the fourth plane targeted Washington, D.C., passengers forced it to crash into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The Twin Towers collapsed and part of the Pentagon was destroyed. More than 3,000 people died that day.

The event was the catalyst for two wars, one in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, and deepened anti-Muslim sentiments in America, even though al-Qaeda espoused a form of militant Islamism not approved by the majority of Muslims in the world.
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9-11 Towers burning- National Archives and Records Administration

9-11 Pentagon- Wikimedia Commons- US Government photo

9-11 Dust-covered survivors- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-01813

9-11 Ground Zero- Wikimedia Commons- US Navy photo

9-11 Flight 93 Memorial- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-highsm-13295
Gaustad, Edwin S. and Leigh Schmidt, 2002. The Religious History of America: The Heart of the American Story from Colonial Times to Today. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco.
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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
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