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Al-Qaeda targets Brooklyn Bridge and trains

Terrorist Plotting

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Center of GravityUnited States
Second LocationPakistan
Plot Started Early 20021
Plot Ended March 20031
ConnectedIyman Faris1, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
ConnectedMajid Khan
Narrative and Notes
ReliableKhalid Shaikh Mohammed tasked Iyman Faris, a naturalized American citizen working for al-Qaeda, to study the feasibility of using gas cutters to cut through the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge.

He was also tasked to buy equipment to derail a train in the Washington, D.C., area.

Faris scouted the Brooklyn Bridge and determined it was unlikely such an attack would work.

The plot fell apart when Mohammed was detained in March 2003; Faris surrendered to authorities shortly thereafter.1,2
1United States vs. Iyman Faris, indictment.
2"Detainee Biographies," press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
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