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Ground Zero
11 September 2001

The United States suffers its worst terrorist attack. Thousands die as planes are flown into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

President George W Bush vows to avenge the "thousands of lives" ended by "evil, despicable acts of terror".

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Bin Laden
America's most wanted

The FBI reveals the identities of the 19 alleged hijackers and launches the biggest investigation in its history. US Attorney-General John Ashcroft says that all roads in the investigation lead to Saudi-born dissident Osama Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda organisation. In the initial days after the attacks, the FBI says it is following up 50,000 leads. More than 4,000 people are put on the case.

Congress approves the use of force in response to the attacks and releases $40bn emergency spending.

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Al-Qaeda's origins and links
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US Congress
British Government document on
Bin Laden's guilt

The US authorities freeze the assets of 27 groups and individuals, many of them Islamic charities, alleged to be funding terrorist organisations.

FBI director Robert Mueller, for the first time in public, says that at least one of the hijackers was connected to al-Qaeda. The FBI releases photographs of the 19 alleged hijackers, listing their names and aliases. Officials admit that the identities of some of the attackers remain unknown.
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The hijack suspects

Police in Weisbaden, Germany, arrest three men suspected of plotting terrorist attacks. The men are charged with possession of weapons and forging documents. The e-mail mailing list of one of the detained men contains the name of a fugitive believed to have lived in Hamburg with three of the 11 September attackers.
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