Searing images of the U.S. under attack

Slide show: Selections from Life.com's gallery of the "most powerful photos" from 9/11 and its aftermath

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In an effort to capture 9/11′s terrifying cocktail of chaos, carnage and grief — not easy to remember, but impossible to forget — editors at Life.com have collected “the 25 most stirring, visceral photographs from that day”: images that show everything from the “surreal inferno” of a burning building to dust-caked survivors whose faces reflect their fundamental pain, disbelief and disorientation.

The following slide show offers a selection of these photographs; you can visit the full Life.com gallery here.

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