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FBI releases never-before-seen 9/11 photos to public

The American Airlines jet that struck the Pentagon was one of four hijacked airliners [FBI]

Date of publication: 1 April, 2017

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Never-seen photographs from the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon released by the FBI this week show the massive devastation that faced first responders.

Never-seen photographs from the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon released by the FBI this week show the massive devastation that faced first responders.

Twenty-seven pictures from that day depict the crushed walls, blazing fires and destroyed interior of the seat of the US department of defence.

The American Airlines jet that struck the Pentagon was one of four airliners hijacked by al-Qaeda and used as weapons in the deadliest terror attack ever on US soil.

When the Pentagon was hit, two other airliners had already been flown into New York's World Trade Center; the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers rose up against the hijackers.

American Airlines Flight 77 out of Dulles International Airport slammed into the Pentagon's western wall, killing all 64 people on the plane, including the five hijackers, and 125 on the ground.

One poignant shot shows an American flag tangled among the wreckage being cleared by a tractor.

Another shows rescuers crouched as a blaze consumes part of the west side of the building.

In another, helmeted and gas-masked rescuers watch as a dog sniffs the rubble in the search for survivors and bodies.

In all, nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, most of them at the World Trade Centre.

In September, the Congress voted overwhelmingly to over-ride former US President Barack Obama's veto of a new law that allows victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has been lobbying US legislators to change the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act [JASTA].

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who carried out the attacks were Saudi, but Riyadh denies any ties to the plotters who killed nearly 3,000 people.

JASTA allows attack survivors and relatives of terrorism victims to pursue cases against foreign governments in US federal court, and to demand compensation if those governments are proven to bear some responsibility for attacks on US soil.

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