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Smoke pours from the Twin Towers of the World Commerce Heart after they had been hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist assault in New York Metropolis, Sept. 11, 2001.

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Two victims who perished within the World Commerce Heart have been recognized greater than 20 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist assaults, New York Metropolis’s chief health worker stated Friday.

The names of the victims, a person and a lady, are being withheld on the request of their households, officers stated. They’re the 1,648th and 1,649th victims whose stays have been recognized since 2001.

The stays of 1,104 victims, or 40% of those that died within the assaults, nonetheless haven’t been discovered practically 22 years after al-Qaida terrorists hijacked industrial airways and crashed them into the Twin Towers in decrease Manhattan.

The towers had been destroyed within the assaults, leaving greater than 2,700 individuals lifeless.

Dr. Jason Graham, New York Metropolis’s chief health worker, described the painstaking effort to establish the victims’ stays as “the most important and most advanced forensic investigation” in U.S. historical past.

Investigators have spent a long time utilizing DNA testing to establish tens of hundreds of stays recovered from the Floor Zero catastrophe website. Greater than 30% of the stays recovered are nonetheless unidentified, based on the health worker’s workplace.

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Graham stated in an announcement Friday that the health worker’s workplace has made a “solemn pledge” to return the stays of those that perished to their family members.

The identification of the person was confirmed via DNA testing of stays recovered in 2001. The girl was recognized via the testing of stays recovered in 2001, 2006 and 2013.

The announcement that two victims had been recognized comes three days earlier than the anniversary of the assaults. The person and the girl are the primary new identifications since September 2021.

Lower than an hour after the assaults on the Twin Towers, al-Qaida terrorists crashed a 3rd industrial airliner into the Pentagon, killing 184 individuals. 

Passengers in a fourth hijacked airliner heading for the nation’s capital fought for management of the aircraft. United Airways Flight 93 crashed in a subject outdoors Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing all 40 individuals on board. 

Within the wake of the assaults, the U.S. went to conflict in Afghanistan, the place the chief of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden, was sheltered by the Taliban. The Bush administration subsequently invaded Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein, who had no connection to the assaults. 

Greater than 6,700 U.S. troops died in these wars.

Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces throughout a raid in Pakistan in 2011. The Biden administration withdrew the U.S. army from Afghanistan in 2021 and the Taliban returned to energy after the collapse of the U.S.-backed authorities in Kabul.

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