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

Created on May 20, 2011

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

#1. Richard Reid attempts to detonate explosives hidden inside his shoes on a flight from Paris to Miami (December 2001).

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

#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).

#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-i-Taiba (June 2003).

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

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

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

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

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

#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).

#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).

#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).

#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).

#15. Seven men are arrested in Miami and Atlanta for plotting to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago (June 2006).#18. Derrick Shareef is arrested for planning to set off hand grenades inside a Chicago shopping mall (December 2006).

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

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

#19. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and 4 co- defendents admit responsibility for their role in the 9/11 attacks, the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, and numerous other plots (March 2007).

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

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

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

#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).

#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).

#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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

#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).

#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).

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

#37. Awais Younis is arrested after a complaint indicated that he had made several threats against the Washington D.C. metro area via the social networking site, Facebook (December 2010).

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

#39. 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).

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Sources: Heritage Foundation research by Jena Baker McNeill, James Jay Carafano, and Jessica Zuckerman.