try to save lives after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade
The Islamist terror
network al-Qaida apparantly made an attempt to attack the United
States on Christmas Day, 2009. A Nigerian man named Abdulfarouk
Umar Muttalab attempted to ignite an explosive device onboard
Northwest Airlines Flight 253 as it neared Detroit Metropolitan
Wayne County Airport on December 25, 2009. Early reports indicate
Muttalab claimed a connection to al-Qaida, though later reports
say he denied any such connection. However, Rep. Peter King
(R-NY), the ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security
Committee, identified the suspect as a man who “definitely
has connections” to Al Qaeda. The suspect later informed
investigatores that he obtained the explosive device in Yemen,
which is a nation dealing with a growing al-Qaida
1993: (Feb.) World Trade Center
bombing—6 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.
1993: Somalia—al Qaeda claims a role in
the killing of American troops in Somalia.
1996: (June) Khobar Towers—Truck
bombing of U.S. military housing in Saudi Arabia. 19 U.S.
troops killed, hundreds wounded. No U.S.
1998: (Aug.) East African
bombings—American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania
destroyed by suicide truck bombings—12 Americans, 212
Kenyans and Tanzanians killed, nearly 4,500 wounded. The U. S.
retaliated with Tomahawk missile strikes at suspected al-Qaeda
targets in Sudan and Afghanistan. The U.S. later admitted the
Sudan attack was a mistake.
1999: (Dec.) 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.
2000: (Oct. 17) Attack on USS Cole in
Yemen—17 U.S. sailors killed, 39 wounded in suicide raft
bombing. No U.S. retaliation.
2001: (September 11) Attacks on New York and
the Pentagon. 3,044 killed. The U.S. retaliates by launching
the War on Terror, beginning with the invasion of Afghanistan
2002: (April) Tunisia synagogue
bombing—221 killed, including 14 German
2002: (May) Karachi, Pakistan car bombing of
a hotel—14 killed, including 11 French
2002: (June) Karachi, Pakistan bombing
outside the American consulate—12 killed.
2002: (Oct.) Nightclub bombing in Bali,
Indonesia—202 killed, including many Australian
2002: (Nov.) Suicide bombing of an
Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa, Kenya—16 killed. Surface
to air missiles were also fired at an Israeli passenger jet
taking off from the Mombasa airport. No injuries in the missile
2003: (May) Suicide bombing in Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia—34 killed, including 8 Americans. The attacks were
on areas known to house Americans and Europeans in
2003: (May) Four bombs explode in
Casablanca, Morocco—24 killed. The bombs specifically
targeted Spanish, Belgian and Jewish locations.
2003 (Aug.): Suicide car bomb kills 12,
injures 150, at Marriott Hotel in Jakarta,
2003 (Nov.): Explosions rock a Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia housing compound killing 17.
2003 (Nov.): Suicide car bombers
simultaneously attack two synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey,
killing 25 and injuring hundreds.
2004 (Mar.): Ten terrorists bombs exploded
almost simultaneously during the moring rush hour in Madrid,
Spain, killing 190 and injuing more than 1,800.
International Airport attack (June 30, 2007)--Two Islamic
Militants drove a vehicle filled with propane canisters through
the entrance to Glasgow International Airport in Scotland. Five
people were injured, and one of the militants died of burns and
Bombings (July 7, 2005)--Islamic militants exploded bombs in
the London subway system and on a double-decker bus in reaction
to Britain's involvment in the Iraq War. The bombings claimed
52 victims, and caused nearly 700 casualties. The four suicide
bombers also died.
Bombings (July 21, 2005)--Islamic militants exploded four bombs
in London, and a fifth bomb failed to explode properly. No