Islamist Terrorist Attacks in the United States
Rubble at the World Trade Center after the 9/11 Attacks

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Al-Qaida, Islamist, and Jihadi Terrorist Attacks

In the United States

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 body.

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)--Josť 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 Portland, Oregon.

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.

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Links and Resources on al-Qaida and Islamic Terrorism in the United States:

Umaru 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

 A Very Bourgeois Would-Be Bomber--The Atlantic, Dec. 26, 2009

'Hero' Tells How He Foiled Jet Bomb Plot --SkyNews, Dec. 26, 2009

Restrictions Rise After Terrorism Attempt--New York Times, Dec. 26, 2009

Jet passengers overpowered would-be bomber--LA Times, Dec. 25, 2009

Statement by Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary Sara Kuban--Dept. of Homeland Security Press Release, Dec. 25, 2009

Bomb Attempt on U.S.-Bound Flight : Man on Flight to Detroit Claims al Qaeda Ties; Obama Tightens Security--WSJ, December 25, 2009


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