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16 Rare Photos Of 9/11 Attacks You Probably Haven’t Seen Before

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It has been 19 long years since the devastating 9/11 attacks and while there are a host of unanswered questions which lead to conspiratorial speculation. Today is an iconic day to remember those who lost their lives on September 11th in the U.S. Coverage of the American Airlines tragedy during which nearly 3,000 perished was the main priority that day for most Western news agencies (the scenes of the twin towers collapsing with distressed people inside were witnessed by an estimated two billion people following the attacks.)

It’s 19 years today, that 19 hijackers associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda committed murder/suicide taking over four fuel-loaded U.S. commercial airplanes, injuring more than 6,000 people. The immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes (including the terrorists), 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon.

Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The 19 men smuggled box-cutters and knives through security at three East Coast airports and boarded four early-morning flights bound for California, chosen because the planes were loaded with fuel for the long transcontinental route.

Anewspost has collected some of the shocking photos of the towers seen on 9/11 from across the internet. From street-shots of the twin towers attack to satellite images of New York City, these historical photos reveal new angles of the horrific day that changed the world and more specifically America forever. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and yet many of these leave you both speechless and breathless.

#1. Bystanders At Park Row And Beekman Street Look Up In Shock As The South Tower Begins To Collapse

A Knot Of Bystanders At Park Row And Beekman Street Look Up As The South Tower Begins To Collapse

#2. A Photographer Leaned Out His Window And Caught The Moment Before The Second Plane’s Impact

At Rector Street And Broadway, A Photographer Leaned Out His Window With A Medium-format Camera And Caught The Moment Before The Second Plane’s Impact

#3. People Taking Their Last Breathes Jumping From The Towers Trying To Escape The Flames And Being Burned Alive A Horrific Sight To See.

People Falling From The Towers

#4. People Run Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings

People Run Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings In New York

#5. A Man Delivering A Package With The World Trade Centers Smoking Behind Him.

A Man Has A Job To Do

#6. American Airlines Flight 11 (Upper Right-Hand Corner Of The Photo) Approaches The North Tower Of The World Trade Center Before Impact.

American Airlines Flight 11 (Visible In The Upper Right-Hand Corner Of The Photo) Approaches The North Tower Of The World Trade Center On September 11, 2001

7. South Tower Of The World Trade Center Amid Collapse

South Tower Of The World Trade Center Collapsing

#8. The South Tower Is Falling To The Ground With A Church’s Cross Visible In The Foreground Of The Image.

The South Tower Disintegrates, Raining Debris Behind A Cross Atop Trinity Church

#9. A Pregnant Woman Is Oblivious To What Is Happening Behind Her While Having Her Picture Taken.

Not Yet Realizing A Terrorist Attack Was In Progress, Architect And Amateur Pilot Isabel Daser, Eight Months Pregnant, Asked A Co-Worker To Take Her Portrait As A Record Of The Day\

#10. Photo of South Tower Right After The Plane Slammed Into it.

The Second Plane Flew Directly Over My Head And Slammed Into The South Tower. It Took Me A Few Seconds To Get My Head Together, And This Was The Shot I Took

#11. A Man Runs Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud  Fills The Street From The Collapsing Of The World Trade Center Buildings

A Lone Man Runs Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings In New York September 11, 2001

#12. Landsat 7 Satellite Image Of New York City Shows Smoke Plume Over NYC.

Smoke Plumes Are Clearly Visible In This Landsat 7 Satellite Image Of New York City Made Early On September 12

#13. A Plane Explodes After Hitting The Second Tower Of The World Trade Center As The Other Tower Burns Next To It.

A Plane Explodes After Hitting The Second Tower Of The World Trade Center As The Other Tower Burns

#14. Close Up View Of The First Tower Collapsing.

Penman Got As Close To The Buildings As He Could, Before Police Put Up A Cordon. But That Meant He Was Right Next To The Buildings When The First Tower Collapsed

#15. People Outside Relaxing With The Towers Burning In The Background Of The Scene.

The Photographer Considered This 9/11 Brooklyn Scene Too Tranquil At The Time. He Decided Not To Publish The Image Widely Until Four Years After The Attacks

#16. Twin Towers Burn Behind The Iconic Empire State Building.

Twin Towers Of The World Trade Center Burn Behind The Empire State Building

These are just some of the shocking rare photos found surrounding 911. To those families who lost loved ones on this fateful day we hope you found peace. For the rest of us, September 11th is a day we will never forget ingrained in our history and memory by pictures like those in this article.

Alex Baldridge is an activist and freelance journalist from the midwestern United States who was inspired to become a writer after watching the development of the Wikileaks story and the persecution of Julian Assange. Alex is especially interested in topics like surveillance, the rise of automation, foreign policy, prison reform, and the legal system.

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