Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jihad! List of Islamic-inspired terrorist attacks or plots in the US, Canada (and a few around the world)

At the end of his life, Mohammed set the “key to success” to the next generations of Muslims: I have been made victorious with terror [Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 52, Number 220]. And as Mohammed is considered the role model every Muslim must follow [Koran 33:21] many Muslims do whatever they can to emulate him.  
Some of the jihadis act alone: individual Muslims who become more "religious", suddenly turning violent and, in the name of Islam, going on a killing spree. This is what Daniel Pipes calls the "Sudden Jihad Syndrome".
There is Jihad in several parts of the world. I am not going to list what happens everywhere since the list grows continuously. Besides, my focus is with Canada and the US. For a comprehensive list please visit http://thereligionofpeace.com/. It is interesting though to list the name of Jihadist groups. This list will be posted here.
  • May 2013 - London. Two brave jihadists trample, kill with a knife and try to cut off the head of a British soldier in broad daylight. One of the brave jihadi says: We swear by Allah almighty we will not stop fighting you. This is consistent with the Quran 9, 112: "The believers fight in the cause of Allah, they slay and are slain, they kill and are killed."

The brave jihadi shows the fruit of his work
  • US May 2011: A 26-year-old Massachusetts man, Rezwan Ferdaus, was arrested “with step-by-step instructions as to how he planned to attack the Pentagon and Capitol.” According to the DOJ, a focal point of Ferdaus’s plots revolved around “jihad” and his desire to carry out the will of Allah (The Hill).
  • US May 2011: In what could have been a Mother’s day muslim terror attack, Rageit Almurisi, shouting "Allahu Akbar", tried to break into the cockpit of American Airlines Flight 1561 with 162 passengers. He was subdued by the crew with the help of a few passengers. The terrorist is citizen of Yemen with an American Green card (RealClearPolitic).
  • US Mar 2011: US DOJ: Muslims 1% of America - 80% of Terror Convictions (FSM).
  • US Feb 2011: Man gets 25 years in jail for "South Park" threats (Yahoo).
  • USA, Feb 2011: Khalid Aldawsari, a College student from Saudi Arabia, was arrested late Tuesday on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. He came to the US to carry our Jihad. "After mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for jihad," Aldawsari wrote in online postings. (FoxNewsMail)
  • Sweeden, Dec 2010: A suicide bomber targeted Christmas shoppers in a busy shopping street in Stockholm in December, killing himself and injuring two passersby (Globe&Mail).  An accomplice was arrested in Feb 2011 in Scotland (FoxNews)
  • USA, Internet Jihadist Penn State student Emerson Begolly was arrested was arrested by the FBI after a confrontation in a restaurant parking lot near his home where he bit the two FBI agents and attempted to pull a gun on them (AP). Five robbed firearms were found in his house (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). 
  • USA, Dec 2010: Robert Grenier, the former head of the US Central Intelligence Agency's counterterrorism center, says that the US is concerned that Hamas and Hizbullah agents may penetrate the porous US-Mexican border in order to carry out terrorist attacks (Ynetnews).
  • USA, Oct 2010: Self-proclaimed 'Muslim soldier' Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani immigrant who plotted to kill Americans by driving a homemade car bomb into Times Square and leaving it to explode, is slapped with life sentence. He admitted that the Pakistan Taliban provided him with more than $15,000 and five days of explosives training late last year and early this year, months after he became a U.S. citizen. During the sentence he told the judge he lied while swearing allegiance to the US when he became a citizen last year. He said he is a Muslim (FOX). 
  • Canada, Oct/2009: A Quebec man was convicted of 4 terrorism-related charges related to the plotting of attacks in Germany and Austria. Said Namouh was found guilty of conspiracy to detonate an explosive device, participating in a terrorist act, facilitating an act and committing extortion for a terrorist group (CTV News).
  • USA Dec 2009 - Abdul Mudallad, a 23-year-old Nigerian national and on of a wealthy Nigerian banker, decided that Allah wanted him to slaughter Christians on their most joyous holiday. He tried to ignited a powdery substance on a Northwest Airlines flight between Amsterdam and Detroit, as it was landing. If sucessfull, the plane would have exploded over a heavily populated area of Detroit on Christmas Day (WSJ).
  • USA Oct 2009 - Tarek Mehanna, 27, a pharmacist, was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. The authorities said he had conspired to attack civilians at a shopping mall, American soldiers abroad and two members of the executive branch of the federal government (NYTimes).
  • USA Sep/2009 - A Westchester County businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to funneling money to a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari admitted in Manhattan Federal Court that he wired the $152,000 overseas, believing the money would buy night vision goggles for killers in a terror boot camp (NYDailyNews).
  • USA Sep/2009 - Najibullah Zazi, An Afghan native facing terrorism charges planned to bomb a target in New York on the anniversary of the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001. Zazi's father, 53-year-old Mohammed Wali Zazi, also from suburban Denver, and Ahmad Wais Afzali, a 37-year-old Muslim cleric and funeral director from the New York borough of Queens, also have been charged with lying to federal agents in the case. Zazi was trained by Al Qaeda in Pakistan (CNN).
  • USA Sep/2009 - Betim Kaziu, 21, a Brooklyn resident was indicted on conspiracy charges for trying to join a terrorist group overseas and kill U.S. troops. The U.S. Attorney's Office said hewas indicted for conspiracy to commit murder abroad and support foreign terrorists, making plans to join a foreign fighter group overseas and to "take up arms against perceived enemies of Islam." (CNN) Since Kaziu is a U.S. citizen, how this isn’t treason is any one’s guess.
  • USA Sep/2009 - Islamic convert Michael Finton (aka “Talib Islam”) was arrested for plotting to blow up a federal building in downtown Springfield, Illinois. Finton drove a van containing what he thought was explosive material and parked it directly in front of the federal offices in the Illinois capital on Wednesday. He then tried to detonate the bomb remotely with his cell phone. Unbeknown to Finton, his accomplice was an FBI agent and the bomb a fake (Reuters; DailyMail). 
  • USA Sep/2009 - An illegal immigrant from Jordan, Mosam Maher Husein Smadi, was arrested for attempting to bomb a downtown Dallas skyscraper. Smadi’s accomplice in the plot was an FBI agent who also provided him with a fake bomb. Smadi’s brother was also arrested in California, although it is not clear how involved he was in the plot (Herald Sun).
  • USA Sep/2009 - The indictments against North Carolinians Daniel Patrick Boyd, Hysen Sherifi, and Zakariya Boyd were amended this week to include charges that they were plotting to attack the U.S. Marine base in Quantico, Virginia. Prior to the superseding indictments, the three had only been charged with plotting to aid jihadists abroad (NYDailyNews).
  • USA June/2009 -  Muslim convert Abdulhakim Muhammad shot two soldiers standing outside a Little Rock Army recruiting center, killing Pvt. William Andrew Long, who had just graduated from basic training. Muhammad later defending the attack in an interview with the Associated Press, saying that it was “an act, for the sake of God, for the sake of Allah, the Lord of all the world, and also a retaliation on U.S. military.” (FoxNews)
  • USA Feb/2007 - A Nashville cab driver tried to run over two customers after a fight over religion became heated.  Ibrihim Ahmned, of United Cab, was arrested and charged with assault, attempted homicide and theft (NN).
  • USA Dec/2001 - Richard Reid (a.k.a. Abdul Raheem, Tariq Raja or the shoe bomber) tried to blow a Boeing 767 on American Airlines Flight 63 (Paris to Miami) by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes. Convicted on charges of terrorism he is currently serving a life sentence without parole in the United States (Wikipedia).
Other ones ...

  • Attack on the Munich Airport, February 10, 1970: Three terrorists attacked El Al passengers in a bus at the Munich Airport with guns and grenades. One passenger was killed and 11 were injured. All three terrorists were captured by airport police. The Action Organization for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.
  •  Munich Olympic Massacre, September 5, 1972: Eight Palestinian "Black September" terrorists seized eleven  Israeli athletes in the Olympic Village in Munich, West Germany. In a bungled rescue attempt by West German authorities, nine of the hostages and five terrorists were killed.
  •  Iran Hostage Crisis, November 4, 1979: After President Carter agreed to admit the Shah of Iran into the US, Iranian radicals seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 66 American diplomats hostage. Thirteen hostages were soon released, but the remaining 53 were held until their release on January 20, 1981.
  •  Bombing of U.S. Embassy in Beirut, April 18, 1983: Sixty-three people, including the CIA's Middle East director, were killed and 120 were injured in a 400-pound suicide truck-bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
  •  Bombing of Marine Barracks, Beirut, October 23, 1983: Simultaneous suicide truck-bomb attacks were made on American and French compounds in Beirut, Lebanon. A 12,000-pound bomb destroyed the U.S. compound, killing 242 Americans, while 58 French troops were killed when a 400-pound device destroyed a French base. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
  •  Kidnapping of Embassy Official, March 16, 1984: The Islamic Jihad kidnapped and later murdered Political Officer William Buckley in Beirut, Lebanon. Other U.S. citizens not connected to the U.S. government were seized over a succeeding two-year period.
  •  TWA Hijacking, June 14, 1985: A Trans-World Airlines flight was hijacked en route to Rome from Athens by two Lebanese Hizballah terrorists and forced to fly to Beirut. The eight crew members and 145 passengers were held for seventeen days, during which one American hostage, a U.S. Navy sailor, was murdered.
  •  Achille Lauro Hijacking, October 7, 1985: Four Palestinian Liberation Front terrorists seized the Italian cruise liner in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, taking more than 700 hostages. One U.S. passenger was murdered before the Egyptian government offered the terrorists safe haven in return for the hostages' freedom.
  •  Egyptian Airliner Hijacking, November 23, 1985: An EgyptAir airplane bound from Athens to Malta and carrying several U.S. citizens was hijacked by the Abu Nidal Group.
  •  Airport Attacks in Rome and Vienna, December 27, 1985: Four gunmen belonging to the Abu Nidal Organization attacked the El Al and Trans World Airlines ticket counters at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport with grenades and automatic rifles. Thirteen persons were killed and 75 were wounded before Italian police and Israeli security guards killed three of the gunmen and captured the fourth. Three more Abu Nidal gunmen attacked the El Al ticket counter at Vienna's Schwechat Airport, killing three persons and wounding 30. Austrian police killed one of the gunmen and captured the others.
  •  Aircraft Bombing in Greece, March 30, 1986: A Palestinian splinter group detonated a bomb as TWA Flight 840 approached Athens airport, killing four U.S. citizens.
  •  Kidnapping of William Higgins, February 17, 1988: U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel W. Higgins was kidnapped and murdered by the Iranian-backed Hizballah group while serving with the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organization (UNTSO) in southern Lebanon.
  •  Pan Am 103 Bombing, December 21, 1988: Pan American Airlines Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, by a bomb believed to have been placed on the aircraft by Libyan terrorists in Frankfurt, West Germany. All 259 people on board were killed.
  •  World Trade Center Bombing, February 26, 1993: The World Trade Center in New York City was badly damaged when a car bomb planted by Islamic terrorists exploded in an underground garage. The bomb left 6 people dead and 1,000 injured. The men carrying out the attack were followers of Umar Abd al-Rahman, an Egyptian cleric who preached in the New York City area.
  •  Air France Hijacking, December 24, 1994: Members of the Armed Islamic Group seized an Air France Flight to Algeria. The four terrorists were killed during a rescue effort.
  •  Saudi Military Installation Attack, November 13, 1995: The Islamic Movement of Change planted a bomb in a Riyadh military compound that killed one U.S. citizen, several foreign national employees of the U.S. government, and over 40 others.
  •  Egyptian Embassy Attack, November 19, 1995: A suicide bomber drove a vehicle into the Egyptian Embassy compound in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing at least 16 and injuring 60 persons. Three militant Islamic groups claimed responsibility.
  •  HAMAS Bus Attack, February 26, 1996: In Jerusalem, a suicide bomber blew up a bus, killing 26 persons, including three U.S. citizens, and injuring some 80 persons, including three other US citizens.
  •  Khobar Towers Bombing, June 25, 1996: A fuel truck carrying a bomb exploded outside the US military's Khobar Towers housing facility in Dhahran, killing 19 U.S. military personnel and wounding 515 persons, including 240 U.S. personnel. Several groups claimed responsibility for the attack.
  •  Empire State Building Sniper Attack, February 23, 1997: A Palestinian gunman opened fire on tourists at an observation deck atop the Empire State Building in New York City, killing a Danish national and wounding visitors from the United States, Argentina, Switzerland, and France before turning the gun on himself. A handwritten note carried by the gunman claimed this was a punishment attack against the "enemies of Palestine."
  •  Israeli Shopping Mall Bombing, September 4, 1997: Three suicide bombers of HAMAS detonated bombs in the Ben Yehuda shopping mall in Jerusalem, killing eight persons, including the bombers, and wounding nearly 200 others. A dual U.S./Israeli citizen was among the dead, and 7 U.S. citizens were wounded.
  •  Murder of U.S. Businessmen in Pakistan, November 12, 1997: Two unidentified gunmen shot to death four U.S. auditors from Union Texas Petroleum Corporation and their Pakistani driver after they drove away from the Sheraton Hotel in Karachi. The Islami Inqilabi Council, or Islamic Revolutionary Council, claimed responsibility in a call to the U.S. Consulate in Karachi. In a letter to Pakistani newspapers, the Aimal Khufia Action Committee also claimed responsibility.
  •  Tourist Killings in Egypt, November 17, 1997: Al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya (IG) gunmen shot and killed 58 tourists and four Egyptians and wounded 26 others at the Hatshepsut Temple in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor. Thirty-four Swiss, eight Japanese, five Germans, four Britons, one French, one Colombian, a dual Bulgarian/British citizen, and four unidentified persons were among the dead. Twelve Swiss, two Japanese, two Germans, one French, and nine Egyptians were among the wounded.
  •  U.S. Embassy Bombings in East Africa, August 7, 1998: A bomb exploded at the rear entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 12 U.S. citizens, 32 Foreign Service Nationals (FSNs), and 247 Kenyan citizens. Approximately 5,000 Kenyans, 6 U.S. citizens, and 13 FSNs were injured. The U.S. Embassy building sustained extensive structural damage. Almost simultaneously, a bomb detonated outside the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 7 FSNs and 3 Tanzanian citizens, and injuring 1 U.S. citizen and 76 Tanzanians. The explosion caused major structural damage to the U.S. Embassy facility. The U.S. Government held Usama Bin Laden responsible.
  •  Kidnappings in Kyrgyzstan, August 12, 2000: In the Kara-Su Valley, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan took four U.S. citizens hostage. The Americans escaped on August 12.
  •  Attack on U.S.S. Cole, October 12, 2000: In Aden, Yemen, a small dingy carrying explosives rammed the destroyer U.S.S. Cole, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39 others. Supporters of Usama Bin Laden were suspected.
  •  Airliner Hijacking in Istanbul, March 15, 2001: Three Chechens hijacked a Russian airliner during a flight from Istanbul to Moscow and forced it to fly to Medina, Saudi Arabia. The plane carried 162 passengers and a crew of 12. After a 22-hour siege during which more than 40 passengers were released, Saudi security forces stormed the plane, killing a hijacker, a passenger, and a flight attendant.
  •  Death of "the Lion of the Panjshir", September 9, 2001: Two suicide bombers fatally wounded Ahmed Shah Massoud, a leader of Afghanistan's Northern Alliance, which had opposed both the Soviet occupation and the post-Soviet Taliban government. The bombers posed as journalists and were apparently linked to al-Qaida. The Northern Alliance did not confirm Massoud's death until September 15.
  •  Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Homeland, September 11, 2001: Two hijacked airliners crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Soon thereafter, the Pentagon was struck by a third hijacked plane. A fourth hijacked plane, suspected to be bound for a high-profile target in Washington, crashed into a field in southern Pennsylvania. The attacks killed 3,025 U.S. citizens and other nationals. President Bush and Cabinet officials indicated that Usama Bin Laden was the prime suspect and that they considered the United States in a state of war with international terrorism. In the aftermath of the attacks, the United States formed the Global Coalition Against Terrorism.
  •  Kidnapping of Daniel Pearl, January 23, 2002: Armed militants kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistani authorities received a videotape on February 20 depicting Pearl's murder. His grave was found near Karachi on May 16. Pakistani authorities arrested four suspects. Ringleader Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh claimed to have organized Pearl's kidnapping to protest Pakistan's subservience to the United States, and had belonged to Jaish-e-Muhammad, an Islamic separatist group in Kashmir. All four suspects were convicted on July 15. Saeed Sheikh was sentenced to death, the others to life imprisonment.
  •  Grenade Attack on a Church in Pakistan, March 17, 2002: Militants threw grenades into the Protestant International Church in Islamabad, Pakistan, during a service attended by diplomatic and local personnel. Five persons, two of them U.S. citizens, were killed and 46 were wounded. The dead Americans were State Department employee Barbara Green and her daughter Kristen Wormsley. Thirteen U.S. citizens were among the wounded. The Lashkar-e-Tayyiba group was suspected.
Even though my focus is in Canada and the USA, I have listed below, a few Islamic terrorist actions around the world:
  • Indonesia Feb 2011: cleric: weapons training an 'act of worship' for Muslims (AUNews).
  • Germany, Feb 2011: a Muslim man (with family in Kosovo) killed to U.S. airmen at Frankfurt airport. He shouted "Allah Akbar" before opening fire on a bus outside the airport (FoxNews).
  • UK, Feb 2011: Rajib Karim, a 31-year-old Bangladeshi man and former British Airways computer specialist, was convicted of four counts of engaging in preparation for terrorist attacks. He was plotting with U.S.-born extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to blow up an airplane (FoxNews).
  • UK Dec/2010 - Terror suspects in custody over 'pre-Christmas plot' (BBC)
  • The Netherlands Dec/2010 - Dutch police arrested 12 Somalis on Christmas Eve on suspicion of plotting an imminent terrorist attack in the Netherlands (National Post)
  • The Phillipines Nov/2009 - Philippine Muslim Clan Tied to "gruesome massacre of civilians unequalled in recent history", in which 21 Phillipinos are killed on the way to vote. Women are raped, and then shot in gentitals (YahooNews;  Singapore Straigh Times)

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