Photos show how dramatically the World Trade Center site and Manhattan’s skyline have transformed since the 9/11 attacks

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The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, changed America forever. They also permanently altered New York City landscape.
Over the past 18 years, the site of the World Trade Center has become a memorial to the 2,977 lives lost on 9/11, and new buildings like One World Trade Center have been constructed.
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The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, took the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans and transformed the US in countless ways.

It sparked the global war on terror (which the US is now fighting in 76 countries) and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, the longest war in US history and one that the Trump administration is struggling to withdraw from.

It led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Patriot Act.

And it also fundamentally changed New York City.

In honor of the 18th anniversary of the horrific attacks, we compiled 18 photos showing how Manhattan’s Financial District and skyline have changed since 9/11 as the city rebuilt ground zero.

SEE ALSO: Inside St. Paul’s chapel, where George Washington prayed after taking the oath of office — that remained standing when the Twin Towers fell across the street

DON’T MISS: Aerial images of the World Trade Center show the site’s evolution from 1966 to now

Here’s an aerial view of the Twin Towers on a peaceful June day in 1999.

But that skyline was horrifically altered a little more than two years later.

You can see the stark difference between the top photo, taken on August 30, 2001, and the bottom photo, taken from the spot 16 days after the attacks. It would take several months for rescuers to go through the rubble.

In December 2003, a design for the new One World …read more

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