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2002 May 18
The pan-Arab newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat quoted Abdel Azeem al-Muhajir, a senior al Qaeda leader, that a strike against the US was imminent and that the recent attack in Tunisia was its work.
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2002 May 21
President Bush warned that al-Qaida terrorists still "want to hurt us," while his Pentagon chief, Donald Rumsfeld, said terrorists inevitably will acquire weapons of mass destruction from countries like Iraq, Iran or North Korea.
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2002 May 24
In Afghanistan coalition forces captured 50 people from a compound that was said to be a refuge for senior Taliban and al Qaeda leaders.
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2002 Jun 5
It was reported that US intelligence believed that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed of Kuwait, a key bin Laden lieutenant, was the mastermind of the Sep 11 terrorist attacks.
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2002 Jun 10
US officials announced the breakup of a terrorist plot to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb." Abdullah Al Mujahir, also known as Jose Padilla, was arrested on May 8 as he flew from Pakistan into Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Padilla was said to be a US-born al-Qaeda associate scouting targets for the bomb. [see May 8]
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2002 Jun 12
An associate of the Jose Padilla, the man accused of plotting to set off a "dirty" bomb in the United States, was reported in custody in Pakistan.
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2002 Jun 18
Saudi Arabia announced its first al-Qaida-related arrests since Sept. 11 and said it was holding 11 Saudis, an Iraqi and a Sudanese man behind a plot to shoot down a U.S. military plane taking off from a Saudi air base.
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2002 Jun 22
A bin Laden spokesman said in audiotaped remarks from Qatar that Osama bin Laden and his No. 2 man are both alive and well and their al-Qaida network is ready to attack new U.S. targets.
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2002 Jun 25
A federal judge in Alexandria, Va., refused to accept a no-contest plea from Zacarias Moussaoui, accused of conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks, and instead entered an innocent plea on his behalf.
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2002 Jun 25
In Morocco authorities have arrested three more people in a widening investigation into the Moroccan tendrils of al-Qaida, bringing the number of suspects held here to 10, including three Saudis.
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2002 Jun 26
Ten Pakistani soldiers and two suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a gun battle in the lawless tribal area bordering Afghanistan.
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2002 Jun 27
A German police wiretap revealed that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi planned to launch a terror attack in Germany.
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2002 Jun
Iran transferred 16 al Qaeda suspects to Saudi Arabia.
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2002 Jun
Ahmed al-Darbi (26), an alleged Al-Qaida terrorist, was captured at the airport in Baku, Azerbaijan. In 2009 an affidavit was released describing what followed. Several weeks after his capture he was taken blindfolded to the US base in Bagram, Afghanistan, through which many if not most of the Guantanamo detainees have passed. Al-Darbi was held for eight months at Bagram. For the first two weeks, he was kept in isolation when not being interrogated. Later he went through a litany of harsh tactics, including being kicked and dragged around a room by US troops while music blared in the background. At times, he was forced to kneel with his hands cuffed above his head through the night and repeatedly interrogated, often while hooded. He also describes a process in which he was hooded, shaken violently and subjected to water poured over his head.
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2002 Jul 3
In Pakistan security forces killed 4 al Qaeda fighters near the Afghan border at Germa. 3 security men were killed. A land dispute broke out in Northern Waziristan near the Afghan border and 21 people were killed.
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2002 Jul 9
Philippine officials said they had arrested a Filipino Muslim suspected of helping to procure more than a ton of explosives for al Qaeda-linked Islamic radicals accused of plotting to bomb U.S. targets in Singapore. A U.S-trained Philippine soldier and an undetermined number of Muslim rebels were killed in fierce fighting on southern Jolo island.
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2002 Jul 15
Osama bin Laden is alive and planning another attack on the United States, said an Arab journalist with close ties to the militant's associates.
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2002 Jul 18
Accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui tried to plead guilty to charges that could have brought the death penalty, but a federal judge in Alexandria, Va., insisted he take time to think about it.
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2002 Jul 25
Zacarias Moussaoui declared he was guilty of conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks, then dramatically withdrew his plea at his arraignment in Alexandria, Va.
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2002 Jul
A German police investigation linked Muhammad Sultan to an alleged terror-attack plan.
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2002 Aug 3
Philippine troops captured seven suspected members of the Muslim Abu Sayyaf guerrilla group said to be linked to al Qaeda.
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2002 Aug 7
In Afghanistan at least 15 people were killed south of Kabul in a shootout between police and recently escaped Pakistani members of al Qaeda.
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2002 Aug 28
Federal grand juries charged six men in Detroit with conspiring to support al-Qaeda's terrorism as members of a sleeper cell.
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2002 Aug 30
In the Netherlands 8 men were detained for providing financial and logistical services to al Qaeda and for recruiting fighters.
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2002 Sep 6
US officials reported that the assets of Wa'el Hamza Julaidan, alleged al Qaeda financier, had been frozen, and that he had been located in Saudi Arabia.
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2002 Sep 11
In Karachi, Pakistan, 2 al Qaeda suspects were killed and 5 captured after police stormed an apartment. Key al Qaeda member Ramzi Binalshibh, who is wanted by Germany for his alleged role in planning and carrying out the hijacked plane attacks on the US, was arrested after a long running gun battle in Pakistan.
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2002 Sep 14
In Lackawanna, New York, 5 men of Yemeni descent were charged with supporting foreign terrorist organizations. They reportedly were schooled in the tools of terror, including the use of suicide as a weapon, in camps run by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network. A 6th member of the cell was arrested in Bahrain.
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2002 Sep 20
In Yemen 2 suspected members of al-Qaida were killed in a gun battle and three others were arrested after security forces raided several homes looking for members of the terrorist network.
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2002 Sep 27
Police in Lebanon arrested Muhammad Sultan on charges of forging passports and supporting a terrorist group based on German police investigations. Sultan was released in 2004 after serving a 3 year sentence.
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2002 Oct 4
Richard C. Reid pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes and declared himself a follower of Osama bin Laden.
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2002 Oct 4
US federal agents arrested 4 suspected al Qaeda terrorists, 3 in Portland and 1 in Detroit. 2 other suspected cell members were overseas.
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2002 Oct 14
President Bush called recent attacks in Kuwait, Indonesia and Yemen part of a grim pattern of terror, and said, "We've got a long way to go" to defeat Osama bin Laden's global network.
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2002 Oct 22
It was reported that special forces in the Pankisi Gorge of Georgia had captured 15 Arab militants linked to al Qaeda.
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2002 Nov 3
In northwest Yemen 6 al-Qaida suspects were killed when the car they were traveling in was struck by a missile from a US Predator drone. Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harithi, a suspected al-Qaida leader, was among the dead along with Kamal Derwish, a member of the Lackawanna, NY, sleeper cell. Militant Abdel-Raouf Naseeb escaped this attack, but was killed by a drone strike on Dec 24, 2012.
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2002 Nov 12
An Arab TV station broadcast an audiotape of Osama bin Laden, a voice that US counter terrorism officials said is probably authentic. The message praised terrorist strikes in Bali and Moscow and threatened Western nations over any attack on Iraq.
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2002 Nov 13
Philippine Muslim gunmen linked to the al Qaeda network have demanded a ransom of 16 million pesos ($300,000) for their seven Indonesian and Filipino hostages kidnapped in June and August.
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2002 Nov 15
The FBI warned that al-Qaida may be planning a "spectacular" terrorist attack intended to damage the U.S. economy and inflict large-scale casualties.
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2002 Nov 21
Al-Qaida leader Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the network's chief of operations in the Persian Gulf, was reported to have been captured earlier in the month. The Saudi of Yemeni descent was captured in Dubai and flown to a CIA prison in Afghanistan and then onto Thailand where he was waterboarded and interrogated. He had allegedly planned the Oct 12, 2000, attack on the US Navy destroyer Cole.
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2002 Nov 23
An Algerian militant group suspected of links to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda killed nine soldiers in violent clashes east of Algiers. Four police officers were killed 2 days earlier in Bourmedes.
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2002 Dec 2
A statement attributed to al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the Nov 28 car-bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel in Kenya and the attempted shoot-down of an Israeli airliner.
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2002 Dec 13
The U.N. Security Council condemned "acts of terror" against Israel in Kenya and deplored the claims of responsibility by the al-Qaida terror network.
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2002 Dec 14
Jordanian police announced the arrest of two alleged al-Qaida members in the October killing of American diplomat Laurence Foley.
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2002 Dec 19
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington told high school students that Osama bin Laden was popular in poor countries because of his charitable works and challenged the US to do the same.
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2002 Dec 20
Yemeni security forces battled suspected al-Qaida members holed up in a building in a gunfight that left 2 policemen dead.
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2003 Jan 7
Police in London announced they had found traces of the deadly poison ricin in a north London apartment and arrested six men in connection with the virulent toxin that has been linked to al-Qaida terrorists and Iraq.
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2003 Jan 24
In Spain police arrested 16 suspected al-Qaida terrorists.
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2003 Jan 30
Richard Reid, the British citizen and al-Qaida follower who'd tried to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Boston.
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2003 Feb 7
The US moved its terror alert status to orange, the 2nd highest level. Attorney General John Ashcroft said the government had received intelligence information, corroborated by multiple sources, that Osama bin Laden's terror organization sought to attack Americans at home or abroad during the annual hajj pilgrimage to the holy Saudi city of Mecca.
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2003 Feb 11
The purported voice of Osama bin Laden, broadcast over the Al Jazeera network, told his followers to help Saddam Hussein fight Americans.
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2003 Feb 18
Saudi Arabia said it has referred 90 Saudis to trial for alleged al Qaeda links. Another 250 were reported under investigation.
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2003 Feb 19
In Germany Mounir el Motassadeq (28) was sentenced to the maximum 15 years in prison for helping the Hamburg-based al-Qaida terror cell in the 9/11 attacks on the US.
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2003 Mar 1
The US designated 3 rebel groups in Chechnya as terrorist organizations linked to al-Qaeda and imposed a freeze on their US assets.
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2003 Mar 20
Some 600 US and Romanian ground troops in Afghanistan began Operation Valiant Strike, an intensified search for Taliban, al Qaeda and loyalists to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
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2003 Mar 20
Norwegian police arrested Mullah Krekar, the leader of a Kurdish guerrilla group suspected of links to al-Qaida, on kidnapping charges. After settling in Norway in 1991, Krekar founded the Kurdish Ansar al-Islam during visits to Iraq.
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2003 Apr 25
Farouk Hijazi, who once helped run Saddam Hussein's intelligence service and was linked to al-Qaida, was delivered by Syria to US forces.
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2003 Apr 29
Pakistani police arrested six men linked to al-Qaida, including a Yemeni man, Tawfiq Attash Khallad, wanted in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks and the bombing of the USS Cole.
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2003 May 12
In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, multiple, simultaneous suicide car bombings at 3 foreign compounds killed 26 people, including 9 US citizens. The next day Saudi authorities linked Khaled Jehani (29) head of a 19-member al-Qaida team to the carnage. Ali Abd al-Rahman al-Faqasi al-Ghamdi, a senior al Qaeda figure, surrendered Jun 26. On Jan 8, 2004, 8 accomplices were arrested in Switzerland.
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2003 May 13
Algerian army commandos freed 17 European tourists kidnapped in the Sahara Desert by an al-Qaeda-linked terror group, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat. 9 captors were killed and 15 hostages remained.
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2003 Jun 7
The Saudi interior minister linked last month's Riyadh bombings to the al-Qaida terror network in an interview, and his ministry identified 12 of the attackers.
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2003 Jun 19
Federal authorities said an Ohio truck driver who met Osama bin Laden and admitted plots against trains and Brooklyn Bridge had pleaded guilty to felony charges.
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