15 Years Later: The Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks NPR's coverage of the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks
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15 Years Later: The Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks

Rick Johnson visits a scenic shoreline in Seattle that's home to A Sound Garden, an outdoor sculpture. The area used to be a popular destination until access was restricted after Sept. 11. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Thanks To Sept. 11 Security 'Inertia,' Restrictions Still Shape Public Spaces

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Lawyer Describes The Emotional Toll Of Calculating Victims' Compensation

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Priest Remembers Lower Manhattan 15 Years Ago

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A commemoration ceremony is held for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Sunday at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Spencer Platt /Getty Images hide caption

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New York Times' Thomas Friedman Looks Back On Foreign Policy After Sept. 11

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Russell Mercer replaces old U.S. flags with new ones at the Flushing World Trade Center Memorial at Flushing Cemetery in New York City. His stepson, Scott Kopytko, was killed on Sept. 11. Alex Welsh for NPR hide caption

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Sept. 11 Families Face 'Strange, Empty Void' Without Victims' Remains

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Men attend Friday prayers at a mosque in Edison, N.J. Joel Rose/NPR hide caption

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In Fight Against Islamophobia, Muslim Americans Focus On The Ballot Box

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Bernadette Ortiz holds up her daughter, Adriana, as she looks for the name of her grandfather, New York City Police officer Edwin Ortiz, at a wall commemorating fallen officers in New York City. Families gathered at the wall following a procession in Lower Manhattan to mark the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and the officers who were killed during them and afterward. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks Happened

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A construction worker looks up at One World Trade Center in New York City, the central skyscraper under construction at Ground Zero, a year before its 2013 completion. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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For Those Who 'Worked The Pile' At Ground Zero, Horrors Of Sept. 11 Haven't Faded

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In Wake Of Sept. 11 Tragedy, Rerouted Passengers Find Resilience In Gander

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The 9/11 Responders Remembered Memorial in Nesconset, N.Y. John Feal spends 10 hours a day vetting responders for inclusion on the memorial. Courtesy of FealGood Foundation hide caption

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Honoring The Other Fallen Of Sept. 11: Sickened Ground Zero Volunteers

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Then: A composite image of Donald Trump (left, clockwise), New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Tim Kaine. Getty Images and AP hide caption

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Post Sept. 11: Why Preventing Terrorism Is Still A Major Challenge

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For Shanksville Landowner, Downing Of Flight 93 On Sept. 11 Is Personal

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Members of the Taliban militia ride in vehicles during Afghanistan's annual Independence Day parade in Kabul on Aug. 19, 2001. Afghanistan was largely cut off from the world during the Taliban's rule from 1996 to 2001. That changed dramatically after the Sept. 11 attacks. Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A U.S. Predator drone sits on the tarmac at the Kandahar military airport in southern Afghanistan in 2010. The U.S. has been using drones more and more frequently since the Sept. 11 attacks. They have been highly effective on the battlefield, but have raised legal and ethical issues. Massoud Hossaini /AP hide caption

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The Rise Of The Drone, And The Thorny Questions That Have Followed

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Three World Trade Center is under construction near One World Trade Center, which was completed in 2013. The new building stands 1,079 feet tall, and its topping-out ceremony was held in June. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption

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In Ongoing Rebuilding Of Ground Zero, A Balance Of Remembrance, Resilience

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Sept. 11 Marked Turning Point For Muslims In Increasingly Diverse America

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Islamic State fighters march in Raqqa, Syria, in an undated file photo released in 2014. The U.S. has been bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq for the past two years. A U.S. Army captain has sued President Obama, arguing the U.S. war against the extremist group is not legal because the U.S. Congress has not authorized it. Uncredited/AP hide caption

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When The U.S. Military Strikes, White House Points To A 2001 Measure

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U.S. Army soldiers take up a position during a patrol in Baghdad in 2007. The U.S. has been waging war nonstop for 15 years since the Sept. 11 attacks. Despite the protracted conflicts and disappointing results, U.S. involvement in multiple wars appears set to continue for years to come. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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