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40 Terrorist Plots Against the U.S. Foiled Since 9/11

Created on September 7, 2011

40 Terrorist Plots Against the U.S. Foiled Since 9/11

40 Terrorist Plots Against the U.S. Foiled Since 9/11


40  Emerson Winfield Begolly is arrested and charged with soliciting attacks on Jewish schools, post offices, water plants, military facilities, and other sites (August 2011).

39  Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif and Walli Mujahidh are arrested in a Seattle warehouse where the two suspects had arranged to purchase weapons for an attack on a military recruiting station (June 2011).

38  Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh are arrested by the New York City police after attempting to purchase a hand grenade, guns, and ammunition to carry out an attack on an undetermined Manhattan synagogue (May 2011).

37  Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari is arrested after buying toxic chemicals online to use in explosive attacks against various targets in the U.S. (February 2011).

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28  Two men are charged with conspiracy to kill two U.S. politicians, U.S. troops in Iraq, and civilians at shopping malls (October 2009).

24  Four men are arrested in New York City for plotting to blow up Jewish centers and shoot down airplanes at a nearby Air National Guard base (May 2009).

21  Four men led by Russell Defreitas plot to blow up fuel tanks and pipelines at JFK International Airport in New York (June 2007).

20  Six men are arrested in a plot to attack Fort Dix, New Jersey, with assault rifles and grenades (May 2007).

34  Air Cargo Bomb Plot. Two packages shipped aboard air cargo planes from Yemen to Chicago-area synagogues are discovered to contain explosive materials hidden inside printer cartridges (October 2010).

32  Paul G. Rockwood, Jr. and Nadia Piroska Maria Rockwood are charged in a plot to assassinate 15 people who they believed to have defiled Islam (July 2010).

33  Farooque Ahmed is arrested following an FBI investigation into plots to attack the Washington, D.C., Metro system (October 2010).

30  Raja Lahrasib Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, is arrested for providing material support for a foreign terrorist organization (March 2010).

22  Hassan Abujihaad, a former U.S. Navy sailor, is convicted of supporting terrorism by giving classified information about Navy ships to a London organization that supports terrorists (March 2008).

19  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co- defendents admit responsibility for their role in the 9/11 attacks, the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, and numerous other terror plots (March 2007).

36  Antonio Martinez, a U.S. citizen, is arrested in a plot to bomb a military recruiting center in Maryland (December 2010).

35  Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a 19-year-old Somali- American, was arrested after attempting to detonate a car bomb at a Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon (November 2010).

31  Faisal Shahzad is arrested following an attempt to detonate explosives in an SUV parked in Times Square (May 2010).

29  Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian student, attempts to detonate explosives on a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day (December 2009).

27  Michael Finton is arrested after attempting to detonate a car bomb outside a federal building in Springfield, Illinois (September 2009).

26  Hosam Maher Husein Smadi is arrested for attempting to place a bomb in a Dallas skyscraper (September 2009).

25  Najibullah Zazi and at least four others are arrested for a plot to use chemical explosive materials, allegedly to bomb the New York subway system (September 2009).

23  Christopher Paul, a U.S. citizen with ties to terrorist groups in Germany and al-Qaeda, is arrested for plotting to use a weapon of mass destruction on European and U.S. targets (June 2008).






13  Three men are arrested in Toledo, Ohio, for conspiring to kill or injure people in the Middle East and providing material support to terrorist organizations (February 2006).

10  Hamid Hayat is arrested in California for allegedly lying to the FBI about Hamid’s attendance at an Islamic terrorist training center in Pakistan (June 2005).

6   Nuradin M.  Abdi is arrested and charged for plotting to bomb a shopping mall in Columbus, Ohio (November 2003).

8   James Elshafay and Shahawar Matin Siraj are arrested for plotting to bomb a subway station near Madison Square Garden before the Republican National Convention (August 2004).

11  Four members of a radical Islamic prison group founded by Kevin James are arrested in Los Angeles and charged with conspiring to attack National Guard facilities, synagogues, and other targets (August 2005).

17  24 men are arrested in London for plotting to blow up U.S.-bound commercial airliners with liquid explosives (August 2006).

14  Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee are accused of conspiring to target the Capitol and the World Bank in Washington, D.C. (April 2006).

9   Yassin Aref and Mohammad Hossain are charged with plotting to purchase a grenade launcher to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat (August 2004).

7   Members of a terror cell led by Dhiren Barot plan attacks on financial institutions in New York, Washington, D.C., and Newark, New Jersey (August 2004).

3   Six U.S. citizens of Yemeni descent (the “Lackawanna Six”) are arrested for conspiring with terrorist groups after attending an al-Qaeda training camp (September 2002).

4   Iyman Faris is arrested for conspiring to use blowtorches to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge (May 2003).

2   Jose Padilla and two others are arrested and charged with planning a “dirty bomb” attack on the U.S. (May 2002).

18  Derrick Shareef is arrested for planning to set off hand grenades inside a Chicago shopping mall (December 2006).

16  Assem Hammoud and seven other men are arrested for plotting to attack train tunnels between New York and New Jersey (July 2006).

15  Seven men are arrested in Miami and Atlanta for plotting to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago (June 2006).

12  Michael C. Reynolds is arrested for a plot to blow up an oil refinery, a gas refinery, and pipelines in Wyoming and New Jersey (December 2005).

Individuals directly involved in plot

5   Thirteen members of the Virginia Jihad Network are arrested on weapons charges. Seven are also charged with conspiring to support terrorist organizations including al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (June 2003).

1   Richard Reid attempts to detonate explosives hidden inside his shoes on a flight from Paris to Miami.  A co-conspirator was also involved (December 2001).

Sheer luck and civilian bravery played a role in thwarting some of these attacks. Additionally, U.S. efforts in the war on terrorism, including operations in Afghanistan, have helped to weed out terrorist sanctuaries before they can organize attacks. Finally, domestic counterterrorism tools put in place since 9/11 have helped stop terrorists from operating on U.S. soil.

Sources: Heritage Foundation research by James Jay Carafano and Jessica Zuckerman.