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This Happened

This Happened — September 11: The 9/11 Attacks Took Place

The September 11 attacks, also known as 9/11, happened on this day in 2001. They targeted the United States, with the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., being the primary targets.

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How many planes were involved in the 9/11 attacks?

Four planes were hijacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001. Two of these planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were flown into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, causing both towers to collapse. Another plane, American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to regain control from the hijackers.

How many people died in the September 11 attacks?

Nearly 3,000 people were killed as a result of the attacks. This includes the passengers and crew members on the hijacked planes, first responders, and civilians in the buildings and surrounding areas. The attacks were one of the deadliest acts of terrorism in history.

Who was responsible for the September 11 attacks?

The attacks were orchestrated by the extremist group al-Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden. The group's members hijacked the planes and carried out the coordinated attacks. Bin Laden initially claimed responsibility for the attacks, and U.S. intelligence agencies later confirmed his involvement. He was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan in 2011.

What was the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks?

The aftermath of the attacks had profound political, social, and economic impacts. The U.S. initiated the War on Terror, leading to military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Security measures were heightened globally, and the Department of Homeland Security was established in the U.S. The attacks also led to significant changes in air travel security procedures and a heightened focus on counterterrorism efforts.

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Black Sea Survivor: Tale Of A Ukrainian Special Agent Thrown Overboard In Enemy Waters

This is a tale of a Ukrainian special forces operator who wound up surviving 14 hours at sea, staying afloat and dodging Russian air and sea patrols.

Black Sea Survivor: Tale Of A Ukrainian Special Agent Thrown Overboard In Enemy Waters

Looking at the Black Sea in Odessa, Ukraine.

Rustem Khalilov and Roksana Kasumova

KYIV — During a covert operation in the Black Sea, a Ukrainian special agent was thrown overboard and spent the next 14 hours alone at sea, surrounded by enemy forces.

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The agent, who uses the call-sign "Conan," agreed to speak to Ukrainska Pravda, to share the details of nearly being lost forever at sea. He also shared some background on how he arrived in the Ukrainian special forces. Having grown up in a village in a rural territory of Ukraine, Conan describes himself as "a simple guy."

He'd worked in law enforcement, personal security and had a job as a fitness trainer when Russia launched its full-scale invasion on Feb. 24, 2022. That's when he signed up with the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Main Directorate of Intelligence "Artan" battalion. It was nearly 18 months into his service, when Conan faced the most harrowing experience of the war. Here's his first-hand account:

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