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Sunday, December 26, 2010

al Qaeda attacks on the west

7/7 bombing in London

"Al-Qaeda is an international terrorist network led by Usama bin Laden [the "Osama" spelling is deprecated, because there is no letter "O" in Arabic). Established around 1988 by bin Laden, al-Qaeda helped finance, recruit, transport and train thousands of fighters from dozens of countries to be part of an Afghan resistance to defeat the Soviet Union. To continue the holy war beyond Afghanistan, al-Qaeda's current goal is to establish a pan-Islamic Caliphate throughout the world by working with allied Islamic extremist groups to overthrow regimes it deems "non-Islamic" and expelling Westerners and non-Muslims from Muslim countries.
In February 1998, al-Qaeda issued a statement under banner of "The World Islamic Front for Jihad Against the Jews and Crusaders" saying it was the duty of all Muslims to kill US citizens—civilian or military—and their allies everywhere. Al-Qaeda would merge with Egyptian Islamic Jihad (Al-Jihad) of Ayman al-Zawahiri in June 2001."   http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/para/al-qaida.htm

1992  In Aden, Yemen a bombing at Gold Mohur hotel, a second bombing at a different hotel targeting US troops killed 2 Australian tourists, (Bin Laden later claimed responsibility for the 1992 Yemen attack)
1993 WTC bombing, Ramzi Yousef organized attack, 6 dead and 1000 wounded.(Osama bin Laden provided financial support to the blind sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman).

1994 Operation Bojinka, a plot to destroy airplanes in mid-Pacific flight using explosives (Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed organized), they tested the operation on flight 434.
November 1994 on the Philippine Airlines Flight 434, which also involved Abu Sayyaf (a Southeast Asia affiliate of Al Qaeda), and killed one passenger
1998, Al-Qaeda operatives carried out the bombings of the U.S. embassies in NairobiKenya, and Dar es SalaamTanzania, killing more than 200 people and injuring more than 5,000 others

1999 and into 2000, al-Qaeda planned attacks against U.S. and Israeli tourists visiting Jordan
2000 planned bombing of LAX (plot was foiled when bomber Ahmed Ressam was caught at the US-Canadian border with explosives in the trunk of his car.)
2000 Al-Qaeda also planned to attack the USS The Sullivans 
2000 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia one Brit dead in three car bombing attack
2000, while at anchor in Aden, the USS Cole was attacked by Al-Qaeda suicide bombers, 17 dead and 39 wounded.
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USS Cole on the back of MV Blue Marlin

2000 German police foiled a plot to bomb the Christmas market near the Strasbourg Cathedral in Strasbourg, France.
2001 series of attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. These attacks destroyed the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon in a series of suicide hijacking of airplanes. Osama bin Laden did take credit for the attacks days before the 2004 Presidential Election.

2001 Richard Ried (shoe bomber), attempted to destroy flight 63, (Al-Qaeda military commander Mohammed Atef organized with British subject Saajid Muhammad Badat).
2002 Bali, Indonesia bombings, 202 dead and 240 wounded, (Jemaah Islamiah accredited and linked to al Qeada).
Bali bombing
2003 Casablanca, Morroco suicide bombings, 45 dead.
2003 Istanbul bombings were four truck bomb attacks carried out on November 15, 2003 and November 20, 2003, in Istanbul, Turkey, leaving 57 people dead, and 700 wounded.
2004 al Qeada attributed (possible ETA) but not confirmed attack on the Madrid Train, 191 dead

Madrid train bombing
2004 Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia barracks attack in, 22 dead, 25 wounded.
al Khobar barracks
2005 Four members of Al-Qaeda, three of British Pakistani descent and one of British Jamaican descent attacked Londons public transport on July 7th 2005.. Three bombs were detonated on the London Underground and one on a double decker bus. The attacks took place between 8.50am and 9.47am. 56 people died during the attacks (including 4 terrorists) and around 700 were injured.
2005 Amman, Jordan hotel bombing, 60 dead and hundred wounded.
2007 Algiers, Algeria bombing, 33 dead.
2007 Casablanca, Morroco in March and April suicide bombings 8 dead, several attacks foiled by the police.
2008 Danish embassy bombing, Pakistan, 6 dead and several injured. (Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, a high-ranking member of Al-Qaeda, issued a statement after the bombing, claiming that the attack was a response to the 2005 publication of the Muhammed Cartoons).
Danish embassy, Pakistan
2009 Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (underwear bomber) December 25, 2009 bombing attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 , (Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attack).

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab arrested
2010, two packages, each containing a bomb consisting of 300 to 400 grams (11–14 oz) of plastic explosives and a detonating mechanism, were found on separate cargo planes, (Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attack)

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