Osama bin Laden traveled to Afghanistan and helped organize Arab mujahideen to resist the Soviets. Muslim legal scholars "have throughout Islamic history unanimously agreed that the jihad is an individual duty if the enemy destroys the Muslim countries", according to bin Laden. Osama bin Laden , Death of Osama bin Laden , and Videos of Osama bin Laden Osama bin Laden at about 40 years of age, Bin Laden orchestrated the attacks and initially denied involvement but later recanted his false statements.
In the video, bin Laden is seen talking to Khaled al-Harbi and admits foreknowledge of the attacks. In the video, he said: It has become clear that the West in general and America in particular have an unspeakable hatred for Islam. It is the hatred of crusaders. Terrorism against America deserves to be praised because it was a response to injustice, aimed at forcing America to stop its support for Israel, which kills our people.
We say that the end of the United States is imminent, whether Bin Laden or his followers are alive or dead, for the awakening of the Muslim umma nation has occurred but he stopped short of admitting responsibility for the attacks.
Shortly before the U. He admitted his direct link to the attacks and said they were carried out because: As you undermine our security, we undermine yours. He was then held at multiple CIA secret prisons and Guantanamo Bay where he was interrogated and tortured with methods including waterboarding. Trials related to the September 11 attacks In "Substitution for Testimony of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed" from the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui , five people are identified as having been completely aware of the operation's details.
At the same time, another 17 al-Qaeda members were sentenced to penalties of between six and eleven years. He was sentenced to life without parole in the United States. Two particularly important publications were bin Laden's "Letter to America",  and a videotape by bin Laden. In , al-Qaeda wrote, "for over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples.
Planning of the September 11 attacks Map showing the attacks on the World Trade Center the planes are not drawn to scale The idea for the attacks came from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed , who first presented it to Osama bin Laden in A series of meetings occurred in early , involving Mohammed, bin Laden, and his deputy Mohammed Atef.
Bank Tower in Los Angeles because "there was not enough time to prepare for such an operation". Hazmi and Mihdhar arrived in the United States in mid-January Bin al-Shibh also passed along bin Laden's wish for the attacks to be carried out as soon as possible. While the agency feared that "Something nefarious might be afoot", it took no further action. While Alec Station alerted intelligence agencies worldwide about this fact, it did not share this information with the FBI. They had specific information about individual terrorists None of that information got to me or the White House.
The CIA never responded. She was not told of the participants' presence in the U. The Intelink database informed her not to share intelligence material on the meeting to criminal investigators. When shown the photos, the FBI were refused more details on their significance, and also did not receive Mihdhar's date of birth or passport number.
Their request to search his laptop was denied by FBI headquarters due to the lack of probable cause. American Airlines Flight United Airlines Flight The hijackers flew the plane into the western facade of the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia , at 9: As passengers attempted to subdue the hijackers, the aircraft crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania , at Media coverage was extensive during the attacks and aftermath, beginning moments after the first crash into the World Trade Center.
Flight 93's target is believed to have been either the Capitol or the White House. Among the unconfirmed and often contradictory news reports aired throughout the day, one of the most prevalent said a car bomb had been detonated at the U. State Department's headquarters in Washington, D.
Of these, 70 were civilians and 55 were military personnel, many of them who worked for the United States Army or the United States Navy. The Army lost 47 civilian employees, six civilian contractors, and 22 soldiers, while the Navy lost six civilian employees, three civilian contractors, and 33 sailors. The destruction of all three staircases in the tower when Flight 11 hit made it impossible for anyone above the impact zone to escape.
New York City operators who received calls from individuals inside the tower were not well informed of the situation as it rapidly unfolded and as a result, told callers not to descend the tower on their own. At least people fell or jumped to their deaths from the burning towers as exemplified in the photograph The Falling Man , landing on the streets and rooftops of adjacent buildings hundreds of feet below.