News / Asia

A Timeline of bin Laden's Decades-Long Reign of Terror

A Timeline of bin Laden's Decades-Long Reign of Terror
A Timeline of bin Laden's Decades-Long Reign of Terror

A brief look at how Osama bin Laden terrorized the Western world with a series of deadly attacks after emerging from the ranks of a wealthy Saudi Arabian family to create and lead a global terrorist network:

1988: After aiding mujahideen fighters against the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden establishes al-Qaida, which means "the base" in Arabic.

1990-1991: The arrival of U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia to help defend Kuwait, invaded by Iraq, angers bin Laden.  He clashes with Saudi authorities and is forced to leave for Sudan, where he sets up a base of operations for al-Qaida.

1992: A bomb explodes at a hotel in Yemen, shortly after a group of U.S. soldiers leave.  Intelligence officials later determine this was bin Laden's first attack.

1993: Terrorists linked to al-Qaida explode a truck bomb in a parking garage underneath the World Trade Center in New York City. The blast kills six people, but fails to bring down the towers.

1996: A truck bomb destroys Khobar Towers, a U.S. military residence in Saudi Arabia, killing 19 American soldiers.

1998:

February: Bin Laden declares to the world that it is the duty of every Muslim to "kill Americans wherever they are found."

August: Bombs explode simultaneously at the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 people and wounding some 4,500 others. Then-U.S. President Bill Clinton declares bin Laden "Public Enemy Number One."

2000: Suicide attackers ram a boat full of explosives into the hull of the USS Cole in Yemen, killing 17 U.S. sailors and wounding more than 30 others.

2001:

September 11: Al-Qaida hijackers fly two passenger planes into the World Trade Center's twin towers in New York City and a third plane into the U.S. military headquarters outside Washington.  A fourth hijacked plane meant for another target in the U.S. capital crashes into a field in Pennsylvania.  In total, some 3,000 men, women and children die in the attacks.  Bin Laden later releases a tape in which he takes responsibility.

December: Passengers on a transatlantic flight from Paris to Miami prevent bin Laden-sympathizer Richard Reid from detonating explosives concealed in his shoes.

2002: Two bombs explode in a crowded nightclub area on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, killing 202 people, including 28 British citizens. Authorities blame an al-Qaida-linked group for the attack.

2003: 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is captured in Pakistan.  He reportedly gives interrogators information on bin Laden couriers.

2004: Bombs explode on commuter trains in the Spanish capital, Madrid, killing at least 190 people. In a new tape attributed to bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader reportedly offers a truce to European countries that do not interfere in the affairs of Muslims.

2005:

Four explosions hit London's transit system, killing more than 35 people and wounding at least 700 others.

Al-Qaida's number 3, Abu Faraj al-Libbi is arrested by Pakistani special forces and turned over to the CIA.

2006: A U.S. air strike kills one of bin Laden's top commanders, al-Qaida's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

2007: U.S. officials learn the identity of one of bin Laden's courier's who will eventually lead them to him.

2010: U.S. intelligence officials identify the courier's residence in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

September 2010: President Obama is informed about the residence and told that a "high value target" is living there.  

March 2011: President Obama begins meetings on the situation.

April 29, 2011: President Obama authorizes special forces to proceed.

May 1, 2011: President Obama tells the world that Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. special forces following a 40-minute firefight at his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

You May Like

Australia Knights Prince Philip, Sparking National Outrage

Abbott's surprise reintroduction of knights and dames in the country's honors system last year drew criticism that he was out of touch with national sentiment More

SAG Award Boosts 'Birdman' Oscar Hopes

Individual acting Oscars appear to be sewn up: SAG awards went to artists who won Golden Globes: Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Patricia Arquette, J.K. Simmons More

Katy Perry Lights Way for Super Bowl's Girl Power Moment

Pop star's selection to headline US football championship's halftime show extends NFL's trend of selecting artists who appeal to younger viewers More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Zoo Animals Show Their Artistic Sidesi
X
June Soh
January 23, 2015 10:03 PM
The pursuit of happiness is so important, America's founding fathers put it in the Declaration of Independence. Any zookeeper will tell you animals need enrichment, just like humans do. So painting, and even music, are part of the Smithsonian National Zoo's program to keep the animals happy. VOA’s June Soh met some animal artists at the zoo in Washington. Faith Lapidus narrates.
Video

Video Zoo Animals Show Their Artistic Sides

The pursuit of happiness is so important, America's founding fathers put it in the Declaration of Independence. Any zookeeper will tell you animals need enrichment, just like humans do. So painting, and even music, are part of the Smithsonian National Zoo's program to keep the animals happy. VOA’s June Soh met some animal artists at the zoo in Washington. Faith Lapidus narrates.
Video

Video Progress, Some Areas of Disagreement in Cuba Talks

U.S. and Cuban officials are reporting progress from initial talks in Havana on re-establishing diplomatic ties. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State (for Western Hemisphere Affairs) Roberta Jacobson said while there was agreement on a broad range of issues, there also are some “profound disagreements” between Washington and Havana. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
Video

Video Worldwide Photo Workshops Empower Youth

Last September, 20 young adults from South Sudan took part in a National Geographic Photo Camp. They are among hundreds of students from around the world who have learned how to use a camera to tell the stories of the people in their communities through the powerful medium of photography. Three camp participants talked about their experiences recently on a visit to Washington. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video US, Japan Offer Lessons as Eurozone Launches Huge Stimulus

The Euro currency has fallen sharply after the European Central Bank announced a bigger-than-expected $67 billion-a-month quantitative easing program Thursday - commonly seen as a form of printing new money. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London on whether the move might rescue the eurozone economy -- and what lessons have been learned from similar programs around the world.
Video

Video Nigerian Elections Pose Concern of Potential Conflict in 'Middle Belt'

Nigeria’s north-central state of Kaduna has long been the site of fighting between Muslims and Christians as well as between people of different ethnic groups. As the February elections approach, community and religious leaders are making plans they hope will keep the streets calm after results are announced. Chris Stein reports from the state capital, Kaduna.
Video

Video As Viewership Drops, Obama Puts His Message on YouTube

Ratings reports show President Obama’s State of the Union address this week drew the lowest number of viewers for this annual speech in 15 years. White House officials anticipated this, and the president has decided to take a non-traditional approach to getting his message out. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video S. Korean Businesses Want to End Trade Restrictions With North

Business leaders in South Korea are calling for President Park Geun-hye to ease trade restrictions with North Korea that were put in place in 2010 after the sinking of a South Korean warship.Pro-business groups argue that expanding trade and investment is not only good for business, it is also good for long-term regional peace and security. VOA’s Brian Padden reports.
Video

Video US Marching Bands Grow Into a Show of Their Own

The 2014 Super Bowl halftime show was the most-watched in history - attracting an estimated 115 million viewers. That event featured pop star Bruno Mars. But the halftime show tradition started with marching bands, which still dominate the entertainment at U.S. high school and college American football games. But as Enming Liu reports in this story narrated by Adrianna Zhang, marching bands have grown into a show of their own.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid