20 years since 9/11: Biden’s promise and surviving stories

20 years since 9/11: Biden's promise and surviving stories

On September 11, 2001, some of the most massive and high-profile terrorist attacks in history took place in the United States. Then 19 suicide bombers hijacked 4 planes, sending 2 of them to the Twin Towers in New York and 2 more to the Pentagon. One of the liners with explosives was intercepted over Pennsylvania. 2977 people became victims of terrorist attacks. More than two tens of thousands were injured. Read today in USA.ONE magazine:

Joe Biden will declassify documents about the 9/11 attacks and draw a line under the events of the last 20 years

And also the anniversary of the tragedy: stories of people who were supposed to die, but managed to survive on a rainy day in US history.

Joe Biden's plans on September 11 20 years since 9/11: Biden's promise and surviving stories

On the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States, the President will honor the victims in three locations that symbolized the beginning of America's longest war. The global fight against terrorism, launched by the United States shortly after 9/11, extended far beyond Afghanistan, reaching Iraq and other countries all the way to Africa. Over 19 years, 2,325 American troops have died in Afghanistan, and 4,500 in Iraq.

Joe Biden will visit New York, where planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center within 17 minutes, as well as the Pentagon, which was attacked 34 minutes after the Twin Towers. Together with Vice President Camilla Harris, the President will also visit the field memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where another United Airlines plane crashed before reaching its target.

Joe Biden will thus draw a symbolic line under the events the last 20 years. One era will end, as it did at the end of World War II, and another will begin. The time will come to make new decisions. At the same time, many questions from 20 years ago still do not have clear answers. For example, who is to blame for the September 11 attacks.

20 years since 9/11: Biden's promise and surviving stories

In his election campaign, Biden promised to declassify the documents on the investigation of the tragedy, and now they should be made public within six months, that is, until March 2022. This was demanded by the relatives of the survivors and victims of September 11, 2001. They refused to take part in the events for the 20th anniversary of the attacks if the president did not keep his word.

Saudi Arabia may be involved in the terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon, since most of the suicide bombers were nationals of this country. Moreover, & # 34; Al-Qaeda & # 34;, who committed the attack, is also associated with this state. The United States authorities have repeatedly demanded that Saudi Arabia be held accountable for what happened. In 2004, the investigation ended, the kingdom was not recognized as involved in the attacks, but the data was classified.

On September 3, 2021, Joe Biden signed a decree according to which, over the next 6 months, all documents related to the investigation of the tragedy will be officially declassified and presented to the public.

The stories of people who survived the terrorist attack 20 years since 9/11: Biden's promise and surviving stories

Alexander Skibitsky, 65th floor of the South Tower

The man emigrated to the United States from Krasnodar and now lives in Canada. In 2001, he worked at the World Trade Center on the 65th floor of the South Tower. Alexander was at his workplace when a fire started in the North Tower. At that time, office workers did not yet know that a plane with terrorists had crashed into a nearby skyscraper.

The security services assured people that there was no threat to their lives. Skibitsky's colleagues called his relatives and said that everything was all right with them. Alexander himself, together with a worker from Pakistan, decided to leave the building, because he was afraid that the fire could reach the South Tower. The guards who went downstairs were asked by the guards to go back, but they were able to break into the street.

They saw black smoke pouring from the North Tower, and people falling from the windows of a 110-storey skyscraper. The streets were strewn with ash, and a few minutes later the South Tower was rammed by United Airlines Flight 175 somewhere between the 77th and 85th floors. People left the buildings in panic, and burning corpses fell to the ground. The South Tower collapsed faster than the North Tower and Skibitsky's colleagues died.

20 years since 9/11: Biden's promise and surviving stories

Janice Brooks, 84th Floor South Tower

The woman worked as a personal consultant. On the morning of September 11, she heard a muffled bang, and papers began flying from the windows of the tower opposite and someone ordered to run to the exit. Janice did not immediately understand what to do. She called her boss in London asking him to leave the workplace. The man gave the go-ahead, because at that time a plane crashed into the North Tower. The news has already been broadcast in Britain on television.

Brooks descended 12 floors below when she heard that over the loudspeakers everyone was being asked to go back. The woman began to climb up, but when she reached the front door on the 84th floor, an explosion thundered in the South Tower. Immediately 6 floors collapsed. The stairs were destroyed and people running in panic rushed to another. Janice took off her shoes and, in the smoke and chaos, ran over the fragments to the exit.

Pascal Buzzeli, 64th Floor of the South Tower

A design engineer noticed panicking people as he took the elevator. He immediately dialed his wife on the phone and asked to turn on the TV. She said that a plane crashed into the North Tower. Together with his colleagues, Pascal ran to the stairs and managed to go down to the 22nd floor when the South Tower began to collapse. Buzzeli curled up into a ball and rolled down the rubble. He woke up in the ruins on the 7th floor with a broken leg.

20 years since 9/11: Biden's promise and surviving stories

Stanley Prime, South Tower 81st Floor

The man was an employee of Fuji Bank, whose office was located on the 81st floor of the South Tower. At the moment when a plane crashed into a nearby skyscraper, Stanley was taking the elevator. He received a ton of calls from worried relatives. Then Primant looked out the window and saw a fire in the North Tower. He tried to call the department of his bank, which was there, but no one answered.

The man rushed down, but the guards brought him back. Standing in the office by the window, Stanley noticed a plane near the Statue of Liberty and he flew straight towards it. The primant climbed under the table and began to pray. A few seconds later, a collision occurred, but the fire did not reach Stanley's office. He called for help and was heard. Euro Brokers VP Brian Klar returned to help Primant down the stairs. They left the building in less than an hour, and soon it collapsed.

Ron DiFrancesco, 84th floor of the South Tower

The man worked as a broker. From his office, he noticed smoke in the skyscraper opposite and decided to urgently go outside. A few minutes after Ron was on the stairs, a plane crashed into the South Tower. People from the lower floors turned it back, because there was a fire blazing. Everyone ran upstairs, but the roof door was blocked. Panic began and DiFrancesco began to descend again.

He managed to get out into the street, and a few minutes later the South Tower began to collapse. Ron collapsed after regaining consciousness in the hospital with burns and a fractured spine. He became the last person to leave the building before the collapse, as well as one of 4 surviving Americans who were above 81 floors at the time of the collision.

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