Looking back: 16 iconic photos from the 9/11 attacks, 16 years later

Sixteen years have passed since the attacks of September 11, 2001 killed nearly 3,000 people and forever altered the world as we knew it.

From the instant President George W. Bush was informed of the attacks to the raising of the American flag by firefighters among ground zero’s wreckage, photographers were there to document what had in an instant become one of the most important days in history.

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FBI releases never-before-seen photos from 9/11 investigation

The FBI has recently made public several photos from the investigation inside the Pentagon after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The images, posted to the FBI’s records vault, give a new look into the destruction seen firsthand by emergency personnel responding to the attack.

American Airlines Flight 77 was hijacked and flown into the western wall of the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, in coordination with the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City less than an hour earlier, and followed by the crashing of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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How did newspapers cover the attacks of September 11, 2001?

The entire world seemed to be watching as the events of September 11, 2001 unfolded — first the attacks on the World Trade Center, then the Pentagon, then the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in rural Pennsylvania. It was a day full of ongoing horror that was covered in the media unlike any day before it.

After the initial shock of the day’s events wore off, people began demanding answers: How did this happen? How many were killed? Now what?

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One World Trade Center: 15 years of rebuilding a landmark

The twin towers of New York City’s World Trade Center were iconic. They stood tall as a testament to the strength and abilities of the humans who built them, and to both the city and country that they called home.

The north and south towers officially opened in 1970 and 1971, respectively. The nearly-identical buildings were the tallest in the world until being surpassed by Chicago’s Sears Tower in 1973. The north tower stood just six feet taller than its counterpart.

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Looking back: 15 iconic images from 9/11 and its aftermath

Fifteen years have passed since the attacks of September 11, 2001 killed nearly 3,000 people and forever altered the world as we knew it.

From the instant President George W. Bush was informed of the attacks to the raising of the American flag by firefighters among ground zero’s wreckage, photographers were there to document what had in an instant become one of the most important days in history.

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(Photo by Alexandre Fuchs/AP)