at the World Trade Center after the 9/11
and Jihadi Terrorist Attacks
In the United
The Islamist terror network al-Qaida, led by terrorist
leader Osama bin Laden, declared
war on the United States in 1996. Since that date,
al-Qaida and other Islamist and Jihadi terrorist groups
and individuals associated with Jihadist philosophy, have
carried out numerous attacks on Americans both inside the
United States, and throughout the world. The best known
of these attacks, and, to date, the most destructive,
took place on September 11, 2001. Below is a list of
attacks and attempted attacks and known terrorist plosts
by al-Qaida and other Islamist/Jihadist groups and
individuals in the United States.
In one of the biggest American victories in the war
against Islamic Jihadist forces, on May 1, 2011,
President Obama announced that American forces had
entered Islamabad, Pakistan, attacked a compound in that
city, and in a firefight, killed Osama bin Laden.
American forces then took custody of bin Laden's
World Trade Center bombing
( Feb.1993)—Six killed, 1,040 wounded in
suicide truck bombing. No U.S. retaliation. In 1995
Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman was convicted of conspiring to
bomb the WTC. In 1998 Ramzi Yousef was convicted of
plotting the attack.
Millenium Terror Plot (December,1999)
Attempted bomb plot to attack targets in the U.S.
during the Millenium celebrations. An astute border
guard in Washington State noticed an Algerian man
acting nervously at a border crossing. The man had an
automobile full of explosives.
Attacks on New York and the Pentagon
(September 11, 2001 ). 3,044 killed. The U.S.
retaliates by launching the War on Terror, beginning
with the invasion
and liberation of Afghanistan on 10-07-01.
Shoe Bomber Plot (December 22,
2001)--Richard Reid, a British convert to Islam with
ties to al-Qaida, attempted to blow up a passenger
plane bound for the United States with explosives
hidden inside his shoes.
Dirty Bomb Plot (May 8, 2002 terror
suspect arrested)--José Padilla, also known
as Abdullah al-Muhajir or Muhajir Abdullah, was
arrested in 2002 and charged with plotting to create a
radioactive "dirty bomb" and use it in an attack in
the United States. Padilla
Fort Hood Shooting (November 5, 2009)-Nidal
Malik Hasan, a United States Army officer with
Jihadist beliefs, shot and killed 13 people and
wounded 30 others.
Christmas Day Airplane Attack (December 25,
2009)--al-Qaida attempt to an attempt
to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on
Christmas Day, 2009.
Washington Metro Stations Bomb Plot (October
27, 2010 terror suspect arrested)-- Farooque
Ahmed, who is a naturalized American citizen, was
arrested as a suspect in a plan to bomb four
Washington, D.C. Metro Stations for al-Qaida.
Oregon Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Car Bomb
Attempt (November26, 2010 terror suspect
arrested) -Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a
Somali-American, was arrested for attemptng to explode
a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in
Saudi Student Bomb Plot (February 24, 2011
terror suspect arrested) --Khalid Ali-M
Aldawsari, a Saudi man studying in the United States,
was arrested on February 24, 2011, and charged with
for building bombs to use in future terrorist attacks.
The potential targets he had investigated included the
Dallas home of former President George W. Bush,
hydroelectric dams in California and Colorado, nuclear
power plants, nightclubs and the homes of soldiers who
had served stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
In his personal journal, Aldawsari stated that his
Jihadist inspiration came from the speeches and
recordings of Osama bin Laden. Pin
and Resources on al-Qaida and Islamic Terrorism in the
Mutallab's Son Identified as Delta Airline Attempted
Bomber: Father reported him to US Authorities six
months ago--This Day Online: African Views on
Global News, Dec. 26, 2009
Very Bourgeois Would-Be Bomber--The Atlantic, Dec.
Tells How He Foiled Jet Bomb Plot --SkyNews, Dec.
Rise After Terrorism Attempt--New York Times, Dec.
passengers overpowered would-be bomber--LA Times,
Dec. 25, 2009
by Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary
Sara Kuban--Dept. of Homeland Security Press
Release, Dec. 25, 2009
Attempt on U.S.-Bound Flight : Man on Flight to
Detroit Claims al Qaeda Ties; Obama Tightens
Security--WSJ, December 25, 2009