A gruesome scene Tuesday after two suicide bombers dressed as police entered a police academy in Baghdad, blowing themselves up.
Hours later and thousands of miles away, Brazos County health and law officials met to discuss how to be aware if something like this was to happen here.
Tal Hannan an expert on bombs and explosive entries was brought in by the Health Science Center and local law enforcement to provide the know how on spotting and stopping suicide bombers.
"9-11 was suicide terrorism. When you have 19 people going on four airplanes and crashing into landmarks of course they were aware, people would end up dead," Tal Hannan said. "Its part of the attack and its also psychological message we're here and we are here to threat you and damage you."
And local officials realize there is always the risk of an attack.
"We have to be ready, we have to prepare, and we have to assure our citizens that we're making preparations and that we can handle incidents as they occur," Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said.
"I’ve never met anyone who bets a thousand someone who bets a thousand and so the reality is someone will slip through and if we're prepared they will have minimal impact if we're not prepared they're will be a maximum impact," said Paul Carlton with Texas A&M's Health Science Center.
Israeli forces have been able to stop several maximum impacts from happening, but explosions still occur.
It's these explosions Hanan wants to make sure don't happen in the U.S.
"The Arab culture and the Muslim culture is much more patient then us in the west and for them September 11th just happened."
And that Hanan says is the challenge. Not letting our guard down. He says not to think of it as if an attack might happen, but when.