After the initiation of the War on Terrorism following the attacks of September 11, 2001, authorities have claimed to have foiled several Islamic terrorist plots aimed at civilian and military targets. The following is a list of foiled Islamic terrorist plots in the Post-9/11 United States.

Bush administration (First term)[edit | edit source]

Date Target Description Arrest location Suspect(s) Status
December 22, 2001 American Airlines 63 A man was put into custody after attempting to detonate a shoe bomb.[1] Paris to Miami Richard Colvin Reid Serving a life sentence without parole [2]
May 8, 2002 ? A man was arrested after returning from Pakistan for allegedly attempting to build a dirty bomb.[3] Chicago, Illinois José Padilla Sentenced to 17 years in prison [4]
September 2002 ? A group of six Yemeni-Americans were arrested for allegedly providing material support for al-Qaeda and running a terrorist cell in Buffalo [5] Buffalo, New York Lackawanna Six Each sentenced to 10 years of prison or less[6]
March 13, 2003 Brooklyn Bridge A man was arrested and accused of giving aid to al-Qaeda and attempting to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge [7] Columbus, Ohio Iyman Faris Sentenced to 20 years in Prison [8]
June 2003 ? Eleven members of the Virginia Jihad Network were arrested and accused of training for holy war around the globe.[9] Northern Virginia Ali al-Timimi, Ali Asad Chandia, et al. All sentenced to 20 or less years in prison [10]
August 2004 New York Stock Exchange, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Security in the United States was put on high alert after a plot surfaces. to destroy the New York Stock Exchange and other financial institutions in New Jersey and Washington.[11] United Kingdom Dhiren Barot Sentenced to life in prison [12]
August 28, 2004 Herald Square subway system Two men were arrested after attempting to bomb the New York subway system on the day before the 2004 Republican National Convention[13] New York, New York Shahawar Matin Siraj and James Elshafay Sentenced to 30 years in prison [14]
August 2004 Pakistani diplomat Two men were arrested at an Albany mosque after attempting to gain possession of a shoulder-fired grenade launcher to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat.[15] Albany, New York Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain Both sentenced to 15 years in prison [16]

Bush administration (Second term)[edit | edit source]

Date Target Description Arrest location Suspect(s) Status
June 2005 ? A man and his father were arrested after lying to the FBI about involvement in a jihadist camp in Pakistan.[17] Lodi, California Hamid and Umer Hayat Hamid was sentenced to 24 years in prison [18]
August 2005 Los Angeles-area military bases, synagogues and other places Four men running an Islamic prison gang were arrested after allegedly attempting to destroy Los Angeles-area places.[19] Los Angeles, California Kevin James, et al. James sentenced to 16 years in prison [20]
December 2005 Williams Natural Gas (Wyoming), Transcontinental Pipeline, Standard Oil refinery A man was arrested on suspicion that he had plans to destroy several sites.[21] Pennsylvania Michael Curtis Reynolds Sentenced to 30 years in prison [22]
February 2006 Troops in Iraq, Toledo, Ohio citizens Three men were arrested for allegedly planning to build bombs for use by terrorists in Iraq.[23] Toledo, Ohio Mohammad Zaki Amawi, et al. Amawi was sentenced to 20 years in prison, the others 13 and 8 years, respectively.[24]
April 2006 Washington D.C.-area buildings Two men from the U.S. state of Georgia, were arrested after videotaping Washington-area buildings and sending the tapes to a London based jihadist website.[25] Toronto, Ontario Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee Ahmed sentenced to 13 years in prison, Sadequee sentenced to 17.[26]
June 2006 Sears Tower and FBI offices Seven men were arrested after allegedly plotting to bomb Sears Tower and FBI offices.[27] Miami, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia Narseal Batiste, et al. Five of the men were convicted. Batiste was sentenced to 13 years in prison.[28]
July 2006 Port Authority Trans-Hudson train tunnels A man was arrested after allegedly attempting to bomb New York train tunnels and flood the financial district.[29] New York, New York Assem Hammoud
May 7, 2007 Fort Dix Six men were arrested after attempting an attack on the Fort Dix military base.[30] Fort Dix, New Jersey Dritan Duka, et al. Four of the men received life sentences, one man received five years in prison and the other received 33 [31]
June 3, 2007 John F. Kennedy International Airport Four men were arrested in New York after a plot is revealed to bomb the fuel line of JFK airport.[32] New York, New York Abdul Kadir, et al.

Obama administration[edit | edit source]

Date Target Description Arrest location Suspect(s) Status
May 20, 2009 New York City Synagogues/ U.S. Military Aircraft Four men were arrested in New York after a plot is revealed to blow up two synagogues and shoot down a U.S. Military Aircraft.[33] New York, New York James Cromitie, et al.
September 24, 2009 Dallas skyscraper A 19 year old was arrested on charges that he intended to bomb a downtown Dallas skyscraper.[34] Dallas, Texas Hosam Maher Husein Smadi
December 25, 2009 Northwest Airlines Flight 253 A man was arrested after Delta Airlines passengers jumped him to avoid his detonating an explosive device above the city of Detroit.[35] Detroit, Michigan Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab
August 10, 2012 Wainwright Building On the morning of August 10, 2012, several St. Louis television and radio outlets received an e-mail from a person who said they were going to bomb the Wainwright State Office Building in downtown St. Louis. The e-mailer was taken into custody and is currently charged with attempt to commit mass-murder and attempt to commit a terrorist act. [36] St. Louis, Missouri Mark Anthony Grady

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. Belluck, Pam (January 31, 2003). "THREATS AND RESPONSES: THE BOMB PLOT; Unrepentant Shoe Bomber Is Given a Life Sentence For Trying to Blow Up Jet". New York Times. New York Times Company. http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/31/us/threats-responses-bomb-plot-unrepentant-shoe-bomber-given-life-sentence-for.html?pagewanted=1. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  3. "Profile: Jose Padilla". BBC News. British Broadcasting Company. August 16, 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2037444.stm. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
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  5. Hirschkorn, Phil (May 20, 2003). "Buffalo terror suspect admits al Qaeda training". Cable News Network. Time Warner. http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/05/20/buffalo.terror/. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
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  15. Lyons, Brendan (August 8, 2004). "Mosque welcomed in informant". Times Union. Hearst Corporation. http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=273922&category=MOSQUEARREST&BCCode=&newsdate=1/5/2006. Retrieved 8 January 2010.  [dead link]
  16. "Defiant note at sentencing: Albany Muslims protest their convictions as they receive 15 years each in fake plot". Times Union (Gale Group). March 9, 2007. 
  17. Carolyn, Marshall (September 11, 2007). ".24-Year Term for Californian in Terrorism Training Case". New York Times. New York Times Company. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/11/us/11lodi.html?_r=1. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  18. "Lodi Man Sentenced to 24 Years For Attending Terrorist Training". KCBS. Associated Press. September 10, 2007. http://www.kcbs.com/pages/925046.php?contentType=4&contentId=898827. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  19. "Four charged with hatching prison terror plot". MSNBC. Associated Press. August 31, 2005. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9148467. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  20. "Man behind SoCal terrorism plot gets 16 years". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. March 6, 2009. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/03/06/state/n145541S42.DTL. Retrieved 9 January 2010.  [dead link]
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  22. "Pennsylvania Man Sentenced in Terror Plot to Aid Al Qaeda". Anti-Defamation League. November 9, 2007. http://www.adl.org/main_Terrorism/reynolds_sentenced.htm. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
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