The Sept. 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.

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Those attacks against the U.S. changed history and, unfortunately, inspired many to attempt to rewrite it.

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“The nation was unprepared.” So wrote the authors of the The 9/11 Commission Report. And so might many witnesses remember feeling as they helplessly watched so many terrifying events unfold on Sept. 11, 2001.

Who among us could prepare to watch a commercial airplane fly into the North Tower of the World Trade Center? Or for a second to strike the South Tower minutes later? Or for yet another, at the Pentagon? Or for what would play out on Flight 93, when passengers tried to fight back?

No one could prepare for any of it — including seeing the towers fall or losing so many firefighters, police officers, and first responders, who had rushed in to help the people trapped inside.

No one was prepared to watch, in seconds, skyscrapers turn to dust.

The deadly, coordinated terror attacks against the U.S. stole nearly 3,000 lives and left behind permanent scars for countless others.

They also spurred lasting conspiracy theories and rumors that readers search on our site to this day.

What follows are some of those our fact-checkers have debunked.

Mohammed Atta Released by Israel Did Mohammed Atta, a convicted terrorist released by Israel at the insistence of the U.S.,...
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Mohammed Atta Released by Israel
What’s a Military Family Worth? A comparison of compensation paid to September 11 victims and service members killed on active...
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Quran 9:11 Does Quranic verse 9:11 speak of the 'wrath of the Eagle cleansing the lands of...
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Quran 9:11
Post 9/11 Baby Boom Did the birth rate shoot up nine months after September 11?
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Post 9/11 Baby Boom