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9/11 and the "War on Terror"

ABC News

On September 11, 2001 at 8:45 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower building of the World Trade Center (WTC) in lower Manhattan. Commercial television networks immediately covered unfolding events, broadcasting live as a second plane collided with the WTC south tower, and documenting two additional attacks by hijacked planes targeting the Pentagon and White House. In the days following September 11, local and national network television news divisions provided extended coverage of rescue and recovery operations at the collapsed WTC towers and the severely damaged Pentagon building.  Profiles of those who had lost their lives in the attacks also featured prominently during the news coverage.

In response to the events of September 11, the United States government launched a military invasion of Afghanistan and initiated a global manhunt for al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and other prominent members of his international organization. Television news coverage of these actions was extensive.

The UCLA Film and Television Archive's News and Public Affairs Collection (NAPA) holds extensive television news coverage related to the events of September 11 and consequent 'War on Terror' -- through the end of 2003.

This material is available for viewing at UCLA by advance arrangement through the Archive Research and Study Center.

Download a sample list of available titles and additional research resources at UCLA in PDF format.

For more information about the NAPA collection, please visit our NAPA page or contact the Archive Research and Study Center at 310-206-5388 or