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 ]
December 22, 2001
American Airlines 63
A man was put into custody after
attempting to detonate a shoe bomb.
Paris to Miami
Richard Colvin Reid
Serving a life sentence without parole
May 8, 2002
A man was arrested after returning from
Pakistan for allegedly attempting to build a dirty bomb.
Sentenced to 17 years in prison
A group of six
Yemeni-Americans were arrested for allegedly providing material support for al-Qaeda and running a terrorist cell in Buffalo
Buffalo, New York
Each sentenced to 10 years of prison or less
March 13, 2003
A man was arrested and accused of giving aid to al-Qaeda and attempting to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge
Sentenced to 20 years in Prison
Eleven members of the
Virginia Jihad Network were arrested and accused of training for holy war around the globe.
Ali al-Timimi, Ali Asad Chandia, et al.
All sentenced to 20 or less years in prison
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.
Sentenced to life in prison
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
New York, New York
Shahawar Matin Siraj and James Elshafay
Sentenced to 30 years in prison
Two men were arrested at an Albany mosque after attempting to gain possession of a shoulder-fired
grenade launcher to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat.
Albany, New York
Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain
Both sentenced to 15 years in prison
Bush administration (Second term) [ edit | edit source ]
A man and his father were arrested after lying to the
FBI about involvement in a jihadist camp in Pakistan.
Hamid and Umer Hayat
Hamid was sentenced to 24 years in prison
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.
Los Angeles, California
Kevin James, et al.
James sentenced to 16 years in prison
Williams Natural Gas ( Wyoming), Transcontinental Pipeline, Standard Oil refinery
A man was arrested on suspicion that he had plans to destroy several sites.
Michael Curtis Reynolds
Sentenced to 30 years in prison
Troops in Iraq,
Toledo, Ohio citizens
Three men were arrested for allegedly
planning to build bombs for use by terrorists in Iraq.
Mohammad Zaki Amawi,
Amawi was sentenced to 20 years in prison, the others 13 and 8 years, respectively.
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.
Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee
Ahmed sentenced to 13 years in prison, Sadequee sentenced to 17.
Sears Tower and FBI offices
Seven men were arrested after allegedly
plotting to bomb Sears Tower and FBI offices.
Miami, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia
Five of the men were convicted. Batiste was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Port Authority Trans-Hudson train tunnels
A man was arrested after allegedly
attempting to bomb New York train tunnels and flood the financial district.
New York, New York
May 7, 2007
Six men were arrested after attempting an attack on the
Fort Dix military base.
Fort Dix, New Jersey
Four of the men received life sentences, one man received five years in prison and the other received 33
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.
New York, New York
Abdul Kadir, et al.
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.
New York, New York
James Cromitie, et al.
September 24, 2009
A 19 year old was arrested on charges that he intended to bomb a downtown Dallas skyscraper.
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.
Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab
August 10, 2012
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.
St. Louis, Missouri
Mark Anthony Grady
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