COUNTDOWN TO 9-11-2011
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2011 marks the 10th year anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 - an event that reshaped the course of history for America, and indeed the world. A lot has happened in ten years since 9/11 as we re-examined ourselves as a nation. Also, we have reflected on ourselves as individuals, neighbors, members of a local community, and indeed residents and citizens of a great country.
Beginning with the events on September 11, 2001,
the following is an outline of some key milestone events that have occurred
over the past decade as a direct or indirect consequence of the events of
September 11, 2001 - The United states was attacked in a coordinated assault involving four hijacked U.S. commercial airplanes by a group of terrorists. One of the four airplanes (American Airlines Flight 11) is flown into the North tower of the World Trade Center, a second (United Airlines Flight 175) is flown soon after into the South tower, a third (American Airlines Flight 77) is flown into the West wall of the U.S. Pentagon building, while the fourth (United Airlines Flight 93) crashes in a field in rural Pennsylvania (near Shanksville) as a result of intervention by several heroic passengers aboard. President George W. Bush is notified of the attacks. The World Trade Center towers subsequently collapse before a national audience. Over 3,000 people are killed in the combined attacks.
September 13, 2001 - The The White House announces that there is "overwhelming evidence" that Osama Bin Laden is behind the terrorist attacks.
September 14, 2001 - The U.S. Congress authorizes President George W. Bush to use "all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons."
September 16, 2001 - Osama Bin Laden denies any involvement in the 9/11 attacks in a statement to Al Jazeera television.
September 20, 2001 - In an address to a joint session of Congress, President Bush declares boldly, "Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime."
October 2, 2001 - The USA Patriot Act is introduced in Congress.
October 5, 2001 - A photographer for the tabloid newspaper, The Sun, dies due to inhalation of anthrax spores in Boca Raton, Florida. Over the next several weeks, along with several false alarms, four other letters containing anthrax are received, by NBC News, the New York Post, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Eleven people are infected and five people die.
October 7, 2001 - The war in Afghanistan begins with the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom, targeting al Qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. The war campaign is led by the U.S. military along with armed forces of the United Kingdom and the Afghan United Front (Northern Alliance) with the stated goal of dismantling the Al Qaeda terrorist organization and ending its use of Afghanistan as a base.
October 24, 2001 - The U.S. House of Representatives passes the final version of the USA Patriot Act.
October 26, 2001 - President George W. Bush signs the USA Patriot Act into law.
December 11, 2001 - Zacarias Moussaoui becomes the first suspect in the 9/11 attacks indicted on charges of conspiring with Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda to murder thousands of people.
December 22, 2001 - British citizen Richard Reid is arrested for trying to blow up a Miami-bound jet using explosives hidden in his shoe. He became known as the shoe bomber.
March 28, 2002 - Abu Zubayda, a key al Qaeda operative, is captured in Pakistan. He identifies Khalid Shaikh Mohammed as the mastermind behind the attacks on 9/11.
June 24, 2002 - H. R. 5005 (Homeland Security Bill) is introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.
September 11, 2002 - Ramzi Binalshibh, a key al Qaeda operative, is captured in Pakistan. He is identified as playing a significant role in the planning of the attacks on 9/11.
September 28, 2002 - The U.S. and Britain present a jointly-drafted resolution to the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council that seeks to authorize the use of military action against Iraq in the event that Saddam's regime fails to comply with the new demands outlined in the draft resolution.
October 11, 2002 - Congress passes a joint resolution authorizing President George W. Bush to use military force against Iraq.
November 25, 2002 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is established by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (which began as H. R. 5005) signed into law by President George W. Bush. The new Department incorporates and consolidates 22 individual agencies that previously reported into other Departments.
March 1, 2003 - Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM), al Qaeda's operations chief and alleged mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, is captured alive in Pakistan.
March 18, 2003 - President George W. Bush gives Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave Iraq, saying that if he does not comply, the U.S. will begin military action "at a time of our choosing."
March 20, 2003 - President George W. Bush announces that he has ordered the coalition to launch an "attack of opportunity" against specified targets in Iraq. This comes 90 minutes after the 48-hour deadline expires. Soon after, troops from the United States, Britain, Australia, and Poland invade Iraq.
July 8, 2003 - U.S. Army General Tommy Franks (four-star) officially retires after 36 years of distinguished service in the U.S. military, most recently as head of U.S. Central Command leading Operation Enduring Freedom (in Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. General Franks' successor (at Central Command) will be four-star Army General John Abizaid.
13, 2003 -
17, 2004 - The
death toll of
July 22, 2004 - The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission, releases its final report -- The 9/11 Commission Report. The bipartisan commission was created in late 2002 by a law signed by President George W. Bush.
7, 2004 - The death toll of
October 9, 2004 - Hamid Karzai wins the election to the office of the President of Afghanistan with 55.4% of the votes and three times more votes than any other candidate. The election is the first presidential election since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.
October 29, 2004 - Osama Bin Laden releases a videotape claiming responsibility for the attacks of September 11 and pledges more attacks.
12, 2005 - The search for weapons of mass destruction in
30, 2005 -
3, 2005 - The death toll of
7, 2005 -
15, 2005 -
26, 2005 - The death toll of
15, 2005 - The U.S. Senate votes 79-19 to demand regular reports from
the White House on progress towards a phased pullout of troops from
15, 2005 -
19, 2006 -
Osama Bin Laden releases a video tape offering a truce to the
March 2006 - Work officially begins on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.
8, 2006 - The leader of al-Qaeda in
June 11, 2006 - The 9/11 Memorial Wall is dedicated by a New York City law firm in honor of the New York City Fire Department.
5, 2006 - Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death by hanging by an Iraqi
court. He is found guilty of crimes against humanity for the 1982 killing of 148
Shiites in the city of
December 30, 2006 - Saddam Hussein is executed by hanging in Iraq.
3, 2007 - The death toll of
January 10, 2007 - President George W. Bush announces a troop surge in Iraq, in pursuit of a refined strategy to win, bringing U.S. troop levels to its highest to date.
26, 2007 - The White House "authorizes the
26, 2007 - The U.S. Senate approves
1, 2007 - President George
W. Bush vetoes Congressional plan for withdrawal from
7, 2007 - The death toll of
April 8, 2008 - Speaking before the U.S. Congress, General David Patraeus urges delaying troop withdrawals from Iraq.
24, 2008 -
September 11, 2008 - The National Pentagon 9/11 Memorial is completed and opened to the public. It consists of a landscaped park with 184 benches facing the Pentagon. Each bench represents a person who died at the Pentagon when one of the hijacked airplanes struck the West wall of the building on 9/11.
January 1, 2009 - The United States hands control of the Green Zone and Saddam Hussein's presidential palace to the Iraqi government.
August 20, 2009 - President Hamid Karzai wins re-election as millions of Afghans go to the polls for the nation's second presidential election since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
August 24, 2009 - The first museum artifact is moved from conservation to the 9/11 Memorial Museum when the 36-foot steel-beam fragment, called the "Last Column," is returned to the World Trade Center Site for permanent installation in the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
5, 2009 - A U.S. Army psychiatrist of Palestinian descent, Major
Malik Hasan, goes on a shooting rampage at
November 7, 2009 - Construction begins on a new National Memorial at the crash site of United Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The Memorial is expected to open in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
13, 2009 - U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, announces the trial
December 1, 2009 - President Barack Obama announces the planned deployment of an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, to take place of the next six months.
25, 2009 - A Nigerian national, Umar
Farouk Abdulmutallab, attempts to blow up a U.S. passenger airline from
Amsterdam, Netherlands bound for
24, 2010 - In an audiotape
allegedly from Osama Bin Laden to President Barack Obama, Bin Laden claims
responsibility for an attempt to blow up a U.S. airplane on route to
20, 2010 - The
death toll of
1, 2010 - Faisal Shahzad, a
May 3, 2010 - Shahzad is arrested at JFK International Airport on board a plane attempting to leave the U.S.
25, 2010 - U.S. troop level in
28, 2010 - The death toll of
U.S. troops in
31, 2010 - President Barack Obama declares an end to combat missions in
1, 2011 -
Osama Bin Laden is killed by U.S. Special Forces (Navy SEALs) in a secret
raid on his compound in
22, 2011 - President Obama announces that 10,000
August 6, 2011 - 31 U.S. Special Operations troops, mostly members of the elite Navy SEALs, including seven Afghan commandos, are killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan. The lost Navy SEALs are part of the same unit, but not the same team, that took out Osama Bin Laden earlier in the year. The crash is the deadliest single incident for the U.S. since the war in Afghanistan began.
August 31, 2011 - U.S. Army General David Petraeus (four-star) officially retires after 37 years of distinguished service in the U.S. military, most recently as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Prior to his 19-month term in Afghanistan, he served as head of U.S. Central Command helping to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The soon-to-be civilian will go on to assume the role of C.I.A. Director after he was earlier nominated by President Obama.
September 11, 2011 - The United States marks the 10th Year Anniversary of the historic and tragic events of September 11, 2001. Nationally televised memorial events are held in New York City, the Pentagon, Virginia, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Numerous other memorial ceremonies are also held across the nation. The National 9/11 Memorial (in New York City) is temporarily open to families of victims of 9/11. The United Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, is commemorated and officially opened to the general public after a dedication ceremony on September 10, 2011.
September 12, 2011 - The National 9/11 Memorial is officially opened to the general public. It consists of one-acre (each) twin reflective pools built on the exact location of the bases of the World Trade Center towers. The names of each person who died in the 2001 and the 1993 World Trade Center attacks are inscribed iinto bronze panels that line both pools.
September 30, 2011 - Al-Qaeda's Anwar al Awlaki, a U.S. born Yemen-based terrorist responsible for numerous terror plots against Americans, including the failed attempt to bring down a U.S. commercial jet over Detroit in December 2009, is killed in a U.S. drone attack in Yemen.
October 7, 2011 - The 10th year anniversary of Operation Enduring Freedom, the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, in direct response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The anniversary passes quietly with minimal mention by government officials. Over 1,800 U.S. soldiers have died due to the war in Afghanistan over the past decade.