A bomb-damaged passenger train following a number of explosions in Madrid, Spain in March 2004.
This section examines terrorist attacks before and after September 11, 2001. Through the lens of 9/11, we will focus on terrorist assaults conceived, directed or modeled after the al-Qaeda network and the cost of these attacks on individual lives and communities in the United States and around the world.
The events of September 11, 2001 are part of an ongoing story that began well before that late summer morning when 19 hijackers seized control of four commercial airplanes and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. As we work to build a national institution dedicated to memorializing those killed in the attacks of 2001 and 1993, preserving the history, and helping visitors to understand its evolving significance, this series will provide information aimed at demonstrating how 9/11 exists within the context of a continuing global story, of which other related terrorist attacks are also a part.