Sponsored Gun Pull to raise money for the family of one of the victims of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. The widow and baby son (Elizabeth and William Taylor) of one of the victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York photographed with the Honourable Artillery Company Gun Pull Team at Armoury House in London on 27 March 2002. Steve Taylor, a former Warrant Officer who served with the HAC, died in the World Trade Center two months before his son was born. To help raise funds for the family, the Gun Pull Team were preparing to carry out a sponsored Gun Pull during the Boston Marathon.
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On the morning of 11 September 2001, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger planes in the United States. Two planes were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, causing both towers to collapse. A third plane was crashed into the Pentagon, just outside Washington, DC. The fourth plane crashed in rural Pennsylvania after the crew and passengers attacked the terrorists on board, preventing it from hitting another target in the US capital. These events took place in less than two hours. The attacks killed 3,000 people. The vast majority of the dead were civilians, including nationals of over 70 countries.
A few days later, US President George W Bush declared a ‘War on Terror’. An invasion of Afghanistan was launched barely one month later, on 7 October 2001. American, British and Afghan United Front (Northern Alliance) forces were deployed to destroy al-Qaeda and remove the Taliban regime that had harboured the terrorist group in Afghanistan.
Twelve years on, military operations in Afghanistan continue. But on 2 May 2011 the head of al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, was killed by US Special Forces.