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9/11: United States marks 15th anniversary of terror attacks

The United States is marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with solemn services to commemorate the victims of the deadliest terror strikes on American soil. Nearly 3,000 people were killed on September 11, 2001 when 19 Al-Qaeda suicide bombers hijacked four passenger jets, crashing them into the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It was the first foreign attack on the US mainland in almost two centuries and sparked US-led invasions of Afghanistan, in 2001, and Iraq, in 2003, where war rages on more than a decade later.

News Nation Bureau | Updated : 11 September 2016, 10:09:44 AM
9/11: United States marks 15th anniversary of terror attacks

9/11: United States marks 15th anniversary of terror attacks

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand in front of the White House as taps is played on the 14th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack.

9/11: United States marks 15th anniversary of terror attacks

9/11: United States marks 15th anniversary of terror attacks

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The United States is marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with solemn services to commemorate the victims of the deadliest terror strikes on American soil. Nearly 3,000 people were killed on September 11, 2001 when 19 Al-Qaeda suicide bombers hijacked four passenger jets, crashing them into the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It was the first foreign attack on the US mainland in almost two centuries and sparked US-led invasions of Afghanistan, in 2001, and Iraq, in 2003, where war rages on more than a decade later.

9/11: United States marks 15th anniversary of terror attacks

9/11: United States marks 15th anniversary of terror attacks

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An American flag flies near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York on 9/11.

9/11: United States marks 15th anniversary of terror attacks

9/11: United States marks 15th anniversary of terror attacks

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The names of the dead will be read out in a remembrance service at Ground Zero in New York on the site of the rebuilt World Trade Centre, and President Barack Obama will address a ceremony at the Pentagon.

9/11: United States marks 15th anniversary of terror attacks

9/11: United States marks 15th anniversary of terror attacks

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The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site