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U.S. government response to the September 11, 2001 attacks

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Sept. 11, 2001 attacks
Timeline
Background history
Planning
September 11, 2001
Rest of September
October
Aftermath
Victims
Casualties
Missing people
Survivors
Foreign casualties
Rescue workers
Hijacked Airlines
American Airlines Flight 11
United Airlines Flight 175
American Airlines Flight 77
United Airlines Flight 93
Sites of destruction
World Trade Center
The Pentagon
Shanksville
Effects
Government response
World political effects
World economic effects
Airport security
Closings and cancellations
Audiovisual entertainment
Response
Rescue and recovery effort
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Perpetrators
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9/11 Commission
Contents

Military response

The United States government has announced its intentions to engage in a protracted war against terrorists and states which aid terrorists in response to the attacks. The first target was the Taliban government in Afghanistan, because they did not turn over Osama bin Laden (prime suspect). The Taliban alleged their inability to satisfy this request and demanded their right to examine the evidence in which the United States government based its claims. This was denied and the United States government expressed its unwillingness to enter into any discussion. The United States has made it clear that this "War on Terrorism" will continue after dealing with whoever is responsible for the September 11 attack, but it is very unclear exactly what that means.

On September 19, 2001 the U.S. sent combat aircraft to Persian Gulf military bases.

There have been reports that U.S. and British special-forces soldiers were covertly landed in Afghanistan at some time after September 11, presumably for reconnaissance purposes, and that several of these troops were captured by the Taliban. As of October 1, all such reports had been officially denied by the U.S., British, and Afghani governments.

On October 7, at 12:30 PM EDT (9 PM local time), the United States, supported by Britain, began its attack on Afghanistan, launching bombs and cruise missiles against Taliban military and communications facilities and suspected terrorist training camps. See 2001 U.S. Attack on Afghanistan.

Osama bin Laden warned Bush via satellite courtesy of Al-Jazeera, that if the US uses nuclear weapons, he might also use biochemical/nuclear weapons in response.

In November of 2001, the Northern Alliance won Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan over the Taliban forcing them to flee in Kandahar.

For following developments, see "War on Terrorism". And for the article on associated policies such as pre-emption see Bush Doctrine.

Domestic response

Investigations are going on through many branches of many governments, pursuing tens of thousands of tips. Hundreds of people have being detained, arrested, and/or questioned so far. The Justice Department wishes to interview 5000 young men from the Middle East. See detentions following the September 11, 2001 attack.

A $40 billion emergency bill has already been passed. A $20 billion bill to bail out the airline industry also passed. USA PATRIOT Act passed.

On October 10, the FBI released its "FBI Most Wanted Terrorists" list.

See also

World Trade Center -- The Pentagon -- New York City -- Washington, D.C. -- AA Flight 11 -- UA Flight 75 -- AA Flight 77 -- UA Flight 93 -- U.S. Department of Defense -- Operation Bojinka -- terrorism -- domestic terrorism -- Osama bin Laden -- Taliban -- Afghanistan -- collective trauma -- racism -- September 11

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