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Known Activities of Al-Qaeda

Major Events
Event Time Associated
Al-Qaeda and prewar Iraq 1988-
March 2003
Founders meet and form al-Qaeda Aug. 17, 1988-
Aug. 20, 1988
Osama bin Laden (Leader), Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri, Wael Julaidan, Mamdouh Mahmud Salim
Al-Qaeda gains first members Late 1989 Abu Ayoub al-Iraqi (Leader), Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl, Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri, Mohammed Atef, Osama bin Laden (Organizer), Ayman al-Zawahiri, Doctor Abdallah Izzildine, Abu Musab al Saudi, Doctor Fadhl el Masry, Abu Faraj al-Yemeni, Abu Burhan al-Iraqi, Mamdouh Mahmud Salim
Al-Qaeda seeks WMD 1993
World Trade Center truck bombing 1218 local, Feb. 26, 1993 Ramzi Yousef (Operational Commander), Eyad Ismoil (Attacker), Mohammad Salameh (Facilitator), Nidal Ayyad (Facilitator), Abdul Rahman Yasin (Facilitator), Mahmud Abouhalima (Facilitator), Ahmad Mohammed Ajaj (Facilitator), Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (Financier)
Al-Qaeda tries to buy uranium in Sudan Late 1993-
Early 1994
Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl, Abu Fadhl al-Makkee (Leader), Abu Dijana al Yemeni, Abu Rida al Suri, Salah Abdel al Mobruk, Al Fadl Al Shahideen, Basheer, Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, Abu Musab al Suri
Black Hawk Down Oct. 3, 1993-
Oct. 4, 1993
Mohammed Atef (Facilitator), Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri (Facilitator), Saif al-Adel (Facilitator), Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah (Facilitator), Mushin Musa Matwalli Atwah (Facilitator), Fazul Abdullah Mohammed (Facilitator), Ahmed Mohammed Hamed Ali (Facilitator), Mohamed Sadeek Odeh (Facilitator)
Project Bojinka August 1994-
January 1995
Ramzi Yousef (Leader), Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Wali Khan Amin Shah, Abdul Hakim Murad, Mohammed Jamal Khalifa (Financier)
Ramzi Yousef captured Feb. 7, 1995 Ramzi Yousef
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed proposes 9-11 to bin Laden Mid 1996 Osama bin Laden, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Mohammed Atef (Organizer)
Osama bin Laden goes to Afghanistan May 19, 1996 Osama bin Laden, Mohammed Atef
Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri drowns in Lake Victoria May 21, 1996 Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri
Khobar Towers bombing 2200 local, June 25, 1996 Abdelkarim al-Nasser, Ahmed al-Mughassil, Ali el-Hoorie, Ibrahim al-Yacoub, Hani al-Sayegh, Mustafa al-Qassab, Abdallah al-Jarash, Hussein al-Mughis, Saed al-Bahar, Saleh Ramadan, Ali al-Marhoun, Mustafa al-Mualem, Fadel al-Alawe
Osama bin Laden declares jihad Aug. 23, 1996 Osama bin Laden (Speaker)
Luxor Massacre Nov. 17, 1997
LAX Millennium Plot 1998-
Dec. 14, 1999
Ahmed Ressam, Abdelghani Meskini
Osama bin Laden issues fatwah calling for killing Americans Feb. 23, 1998 Osama bin Laden (Leader), Ayman al-Zawahiri (Leader)
Osama bin Laden issues another fatwah May 14, 1998 Osama bin Laden
Bin Laden stops using satellite phone Summer 1998 Osama bin Laden
East African Embassy Bombings 1030 local, Aug. 7, 1998-
1039 local, Aug. 7, 1998
Osama bin Laden (Organizer), Mohammed Atef (Facilitator), Ayman al-Zawahiri (Facilitator), Saif al-Adel (Facilitator), Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah (Operational Commander), Mamdouh Mahmud Salim (Facilitator), Wadih El Hage (Facilitator), Azzam (Suicide Bomber), Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, Mustafa Mohammed Fadhil, Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, Mohamed Sadeek Odeh, Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali (Attacker), Fahid Mohammed Ally Msalam, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, Hamden Khalif Allah Awad (Suicide Bomber), Mushin Musa Matwalli Atwah, Ahmed Mohammed Hamed Ali
Jordan Millennium Plot Late 1998-
Nov. 30, 1999
Abu Zubaydah (Organizer), Khadr Abu Hoshar (Operational Commander)
Bin Laden approves 9-11 operation Late 1998-
Early 1999
Osama bin Laden, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (Operational Commander), Mohammed Atef (Organizer)
9-11 Part 2 Mid 1999-
Spring 2000
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (Operational Commander), Tawfiq bin Attash, Abu Bara al-Yemeni, Osama bin Laden (Organizer)
The Kuala Lumpur meeting Jan. 5, 2000-
Jan. 8, 2000
Khalid al-Mihdhar, Nawaf al-Hazmi, Tawfiq bin Attash, Abu Bara al-Yemeni, Hambali (Organizer), Yazid Sufaat
USS Cole bombing 1122 local, Oct. 12, 2000 Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri (Operational Commander), Tawfiq bin Attash (Facilitator), Ibrahim al-Thawar (Suicide Bomber), Hassan al Khamri (Suicide Bomber), Jamal al Badawi (Facilitator), Fahd al Quso (Facilitator), Mushin Musa Matwalli Atwah (Facilitator), Osama bin Laden (Organizer), Saif al-Adel (Facilitator), Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi (Facilitator), Mohammed Hamdi al-Ahdal (Facilitator)
9-11 0814 local, Sept. 11, 2001-
1003 local, Sept. 11, 2001
Osama bin Laden (Organizer), Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (Operational Commander), Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah, Nawaf al-Hazmi, Khalid al-Mihdhar, Hani Hanjour, Abdul Aziz al Omari, Satam al Suqami, Wail al-Shehri, Waleed al-Shehri, Fayez Bannihammad, Mohand al-Shehri, Ahmed al-Ghamdi, Hamza al-Ghamdi, Majed Moqed, Salem al-Hazmi, Saeed al-Ghamdi, Ahmed al-Nami, Ahmed al-Haznawi, Ramzi Binalshibh (Facilitator), Ali Abdulaziz Ali (Financier), Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi (Financier), Mohammed Atef (Organizer), Tawfiq bin Attash (Facilitator), Abu Turab al Urdani (Facilitator)
WTC South Tower collapses 0959 local, Sept. 11, 2001
WTC North Tower collapses 1029 local, Sept. 11, 2001
Mohammed Atef killed Nov. 14, 2001 Mohammed Atef (Primary Target)
Abu Zubaydah captured March 28, 2002 Abu Zubaydah, Ghassan al Sharbi

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