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On September 11, 2001, members of Al-Qaeda, a terrorist group, launched attacks in New York City, New York, and in Washington, DC. Several terrorists took control of four passenger airplanes. One of these planes crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, as the passengers onboard tried to regain control of the plane from the terrorists. The terrorists crashed two additional planes into the World Trade Center in New York City, destroying several buildings. The Al-Qaeda members also crashed an additional plane into the Pentagon in Washington. Combined, several thousand people died in these attacks.
The September 11 attacks also prompted President George Bush to seek out the terrorists and to weaken their ability to launch additional attacks. To accomplish this, President Bush authorized the invasion of Afghanistan, a country that provided a refuge for Al-Qaeda members, in October 1991. In 2003, the United States also launched an invasion of Iraq, resulting in the overthrow of the Iraqi government. Thousands of Ohioans have participated in both of these invasions, with several dozen being killed.