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JULY 7, 2005: Four explosions in the London subway and on a bus during morning rush hour. A group calling itself the Secret Organization of al-Qaeda in Europe claims responsibility.
March 29, 2004 -- A series of blasts in Tashkent and Bukhara, Uzbekistan, kill 29. The al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Turkestan is likely behind the bombings.


March 11, 2004 -- Multiple explosions hit the rail system in Madrid, killing nearly 200 people and injuring about 1,800. Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades claim responsibility.


Nov. 20, 2003 -- Twin blasts at the British Consulate and the London-based HSBC Bank in Istanbul, Turkey, kill 27. Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades claim responsibility for the attacks.


Nov. 15, 2003 -- Twenty-six people are killed in bombings of synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey. Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades claim responsibility for the attack.


November 2003 -- Suicide bombers strike a Saudi residential complex in Riyadh, killing 17 people.



Aug. 14, 2003 - Jemaah Islamiyah leader Ridhwan Isam al-Deen, a.k.a. Hanbali is arrested.


Aug 5, 2003 -- A suicide bomber affiliated with Jemaah Islamiyah kills 12 people at the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.


May 16, 2003 -- A series of bomb attacks kill 41 in Casablanca, Morocco.


May 12, 2003 -- Suicide bombers attack a housing complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia -- killing 34 people, including 10 Americans. Al-Qaeda's wing in Saudi Arabia, which now goes by the name al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, claimed responsibility for the attack.


March 1, 2003 - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaeda's military leader, is captured in the central Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.

DEC. 30, 2002: A gunman kills three American missionaries at a Southern Baptist hospital in Yemen. Yemeni officials say the gunman, sentenced to death in May, belonged to an al-Qaeda cell.


Nov. 28, 2002 -- The bombing of the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, kills 13. An attempt to shoot down an Israeli charter jet with a surface-to-air missile at Mombasa airport is unsuccessful. Both incidents are believed to be the work of al Qaeda's operational center in east Africa.


Oct. 28, 2002 -- U.S. Agency for International Development officer Laurence Foley is assassinated in Amman, Jordan. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian member of al Qaeda, is suspected of involvement.


Oct. 12, 2002 - Jemaah Islamiyah stages a pair of bombings at a nightclub in Bali, Indonesia, killing 202 people.


Oct. 8, 2002 - Suspected al Qaeda-linked gunmen attack a U.S. Marine unit on the island of Faliaka near Kuwait, killing one Marine. A second attack is foiled.


Oct. 6, 2002 -- Al Qaeda operatives ram a small boat loaded with explosives into a French oil tanker off the coast of Yemen. The minor explosion kills one French crewmember.


Sept. 11, 2002 -- A plot to bomb one or more U.S. embassies in Asia is uncovered before attacks are launched. Top Sept. 11 planner Ramzi bin al-Shibh is arrested in Karachi following a shoot-out.


June 14, 2002 -- A suicide car bomb attack on the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, kills 19 Pakistanis. The attack is funded by an al Qaeda affiliate.


April 11, 2002 -- The firebombing of a synagogue in Tunisia kills 19. Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, an al-Qaeda sub-group claims responsibility.

March 28, 2002 - Al Qaeda military chief Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husain, better known as Abu Zubaydah, is captured in the central Pakistani city of Faisalabad.


Dec. 22, 2001 -- A man tries to blow up a Paris-Miami flight with 197 people aboard by detonating a bomb in his shoe. Other passengers foil his attempt.


Sept. 11, 2001 -- Four hijacked airplanes crash into New York City's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. Nearly 3,000 people die.


Oct. 12, 2000 -- Suicide bombers in Yemen attack the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Cole, killing 17 sailors. Officials suspect Osama bin Laden's involvement.

Nov. 4, 1998 - Osama bin Laden is charged with ordering the embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam.


Aug. 28, 1998 -- The FBI accuses Osama bin Laden of having declared "jihad," or holy war, against the United States. The complaint also alleges bin Laden founded al Qaeda to promote Islamic fundamentalism and force non-Muslims out of Muslim countries.


Aug. 7, 1998 -- U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, are bombed. More than 250 people are killed and 5,000 are injured. In retaliation, the United States launches air strikes against suspected al Qaeda facilities in Sudan and Afghanistan.


Feb. 23, 1998 - In a press conference organized in one of al-Qaeda facilities in Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, announce the formation of a five-party alliance called the World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders. The alliance issued a religious edict calling for the killing of Americans. 


June 25, 1996 - Osama bin Laden followers detonate bomb at a U.S. military base near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 U.S. soldiers and wounding hundreds of Americans and Saudi Arabians.


Sept. 27, 1996 -- The Taliban, suspected of giving refuge to Osama bin Laden, takes power in Afghanistan with the capture of Kabul.


Nov. 13, 1995 -- Seven people, including five Americans, are killed when two bombs explode at a U.S.-Saudi military facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Osama bin Laden is blamed for the attack.


Feb. 26, 1993 -- A bomb explodes in a garage under the World Trade Center in New York, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000. The bombing is al Qaeda's first attack.

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