Timeline of the September 11 attacks

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The September 11 attacks timeline is a chronological list of all the major events leading up to, during, and immediately following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington that day. The timeline starts with the completion of the first World Trade Center tower in 1970 through the first anniversary of the attacks in 2002.

Background history[edit]

Planning[edit]

  • 1992: Mohamed Atta arrives in Germany.
  • 1994: Planning on Operation Bojinka begins in the Philippines.
  • 1995: Operation Bojinka foiled, Said Bahaji and Ramzi bin al-Shibh arrive in Germany.
  • 1996: Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah arrive in Germany.
  • 1997: Zakariyah Essabar arrives in Germany.
  • 1998: Recruitment of terrorists in Germany starts.
  • 1998: Bill Clinton warned 'bin Laden preparing to hijack US aircraft' inside US.[15]
  • 1999: Hamburg cell is fully formed.
  • 1999: Germany monitors call to 9/11 hijacker al-Shehhi, shares information with CIA.[16]
  • 1999: Germans monitor call mentioning key al-Qaeda Hamburg cell members, including 9/11 hijacker Atta's full name and number.[17]
  • 1999: 9/11 hijacker Jarrah has unofficial wedding; photograph later suggests German intelligence has informant.[18]
  • 1999: Three 9/11 hijackers obtain US visas.[19]
  • 1999: Hani Hanjour gets pilot's license despite dubious skills.[20][21][22][23]
  • 1999: German intelligence records calls between 9/11 hijacker al-Shehhi and others linked to al-Qaeda.[13][17]
  • 1999: Saudi ambassador's wife gives funds that are possibly passed to 9/11 hijackers.[24]
  • 1999: President Clinton warned about al-Qaeda operatives living in US.[25]
  • 1999: Watch list importance is stressed but procedures are not followed.[26][27]
  • 1999: NSA tells CIA about planned al-Qaeda summit involving future hijackers.
  • 2000: 2000 al-Qaeda Summit in Malaysia, pilots head to the United States and train in flying schools.
  • 2001: Remaining hijackers go to the United States, Zacarias Moussaoui goes to the United States and is arrested, other cell members flee Germany.

September 11, 2001[edit]

All times are in local time (EDT or UTC − 4).

Rest of September[edit]

October[edit]

Beyond October[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Al Qaeda Financing Documents Turn Up in Bosnia Raid". Fox News. 2003-02-19. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  2. ^ Wald, Matthew L. (2001-10-03). "A NATION CHALLENGED: WARNINGS; Earlier Hijackings Offered Signals That Were Missed". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Hijacking Survivors Recount Terror". s3.amazonaws.com. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  4. ^ "Who Is Bin Laden? - Chronology - Hunting for bin Laden". FRONTLINE. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  5. ^ Hirschkorn, Phil (January 19, 2001). "Embassy Bombing Defendant Says He Warned of Yemen Attack". CNN. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Newsday.com - A Perfect Soldier". 2002-06-03. Archived from the original on 2002-06-03. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  7. ^ Johnston, This Article Was Reported By Douglas Frantz, Don Van Natta Jr, David; Bernstein, Richard; Bernstein, Was Written By Mr (2002-09-10). "THREATS AND RESPONSES: PIECES OF A PUZZLE; On Plotters' Path to U.S., A Stop at bin Laden Camp". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  8. ^ Erlanger, Steven (2001-09-15). "AFTER THE ATTACKS: THE INVESTIGATION; An Unobtrusive Man's Odyssey: Polite Student to Suicide Hijacker". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  9. ^ Germany, SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg. "On the Trail of Said Bahaji: 9/11 Conspirator Reported to Be Living in Pakistan - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International". SPIEGEL ONLINE. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  10. ^ Simpson, John Crewdson and Cam. "Real clues to plot have been elusive". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  11. ^ Burrough, Ned Zeman, David Wise, David Rose, and Bryan. "The Path to 9/11". The Hive. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  12. ^ "Real Cities.com | 09/09/2002 | Terrorists' Sept. 11 plot a many-tentacled creature". 2002-10-19. Archived from the original on 2002-10-19. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  13. ^ a b Berlin, Special investigation by Toby Helm in. "German secret service 'failed to act on terrorist warnings'". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  14. ^ Langewiesche, William. "The Crash of EgyptAir 990". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  15. ^ "1998 Memo Cited Suspected Hijack Plot by Bin Laden (washingtonpost.com)". www.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  16. ^ Risen, James; Lichtblau, Eric (2004-02-24). "C.I.A. WAS GIVEN DATA ON HIJACKER LONG BEFORE 9/11". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  17. ^ a b Butler, Desmond (2003-01-18). "THREATS AND RESPONSES: INTELLIGENCE; Germans Were Tracking Sept. 11 Conspirators as Early as 1998, Documents Disclose". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  18. ^ "Our Man in the Mosque". s3.amazonaws.com. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  19. ^ "9/11 and Terrorist Travel: Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States" (PDF). 
  20. ^ "Airman Records for Alleged 9/11 Hijacker Hani Hanjour | Flight Instructor | Substance Abuse". Scribd. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  21. ^ "FAA contractors approved flight licenses for Sept. 11 suspect". Government Executive. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  22. ^ News, A. B. C. (2006-01-07). "Report: 9/11 Hijacker Bypassed FAA". ABC News. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  23. ^ "FAA Was Alerted To Sept. 11 Hijacker". Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  24. ^ Borger, Julian (2002-11-24). "Mystery men link Saudi intelligence to Sept 11 hijackers". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  25. ^ "Wayback Machine". 2004-10-20. Archived from the original on 2004-10-20. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  26. ^ "KR Washington Bureau | 01/27/2004 | 9 hijackers were considered security risks, Sept. 11 panel reveals". 2004-02-13. Archived from the original on 2004-02-13. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  27. ^ Gerth, Jeff (2003-05-15). "AFTEREFFECTS: INTELLIGENCE; C.I.A. Chief Won't Name Officials Who Failed to Add Hijackers to Watch List". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  28. ^ "Timeline Flight 93: September 11, 2001" (PDF). www.nps.gov: National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 

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