How has 9 11 affected international relations?

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11.09.2016

The events of September 11, 2001 rocked the United States and the world. More than 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks 15 years ago. 9/11 not only had far-reaching political consequences for the United States.

On September 11, al-Qaeda terrorists steered two passenger planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. (& copy picture-alliance / AP)

More than 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. More than 6,000 people were injured. Terrorists from the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger planes that day and deliberately crashed them: Two planes flew into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, which then collapsed. The terrorists directed another into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Department of Defense near Washington, D.C .. The passengers on the fourth plane prevented the hijacked plane from reaching its intended destination, the White House. The machine crashed in Pennsylvania.

The US administration under President George W. Bush then announced the war on terror. First, the USA moved into Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq began just under two years later.

In the United States itself, security has been tightened. The USA PATRIOT Act (the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001) gave the FBI and other federal agencies extensive powers five weeks after the attacks. The PATRIOT Act was intended to facilitate the investigation of suspected terrorism, but it was also criticized because the monitoring possibilities were seen as too far-reaching and as a violation of freedom and civil rights.

After the 9/11 attacks, the security policies of many countries around the world changed to counter the threat posed by transnational terrorism.