At least 39 Terrorist Plots (thru May 2011) against the U.S. that have been foiled since 9/11
THF Sheer luck and civilian bravery played roles 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.
Individuals directly involved in plot
#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 “dirtybomb”attackontheU.S.(May2002).
#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,
#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 NewYork,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).
#16. Eight men including Assem Hammoud are arrested for plotting to attack train tunnels between NewYork 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).
#18. Derrick Shareef is arrested for planning to set off hand grenades inside a Chicago shopping mall (December 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 AirportinNewYork(June2007).
#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 NewYork 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 NewYork 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 inTimes 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 fromYemen 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 treelighting ceremony in Portland, Ore. (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. AwaisYounis 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 NewYork City police after attempting to purchase a hand grenade, guns, and ammunition to carry out an attack on an undetermined Manhattan synagogue (May 2011).