Newly Released Photos Show Bush, Cheney Immediately After 9/11

President's senior staff pictured meeting in Emergency Operation Center in White House hours after Al-Qaida terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people in worst attack on U.S. soil.

U.S. President George Bush with Vice President Dick Cheney (L) and senior staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center in Washington in the hours following the September 11, 2001 attacks.Credit: Reuters

Never-seen-before photos of U.S President George W. Bush and his staff in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks were released from the U.S. National Archives on Friday, showing decision-makers at one of the most dramatic junctures in U.S. history.

In the photos, President Bush is pictured with Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and other senior staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center in the White House.

The photos were released after a documentary group requested them under the Freedom of Information Act.

The attacks 14 years ago killed nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Washington and Pennsylvania, and launched the War on Terror, an international military campaign which sought to destroy Al-Qaida and like-minded groups and pitched an international coalition against Afghanistan and Iraq.