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1. Attempted Assassination of George H.W. Bush
Though Iraq had been cowed by the defeat, Saddam Hussein and his intelligence service hatched a revenge plan against former US president George H.W. Bush. In April 1993, Kuwait had invited George Bush to show appreciations of the role played by U.S in their liberation, an event that Saddam seized to take revenge of defeat two years earlier. The plan was to attack Bush’s motorcade en route to Kuwait University with sophisticated explosives and in case the bombing was thwarted, they had a back up plan; one of them was to wear an explosive and get closer to Bush to kill him. The plot was to be executed by more than a dozen agents. However, suspicious Kuwait civilians suspected them and contacted the authorities and the agents were arrested.
Bill Clinton, freshly elected US president was presented with intelligence revealing the plot had been hatched by Iraq intelligence service with some suspects confessing so. Clinton then ordered a cruise missile strike against Iraq intelligence headquarters in early morning destroying the building and killing at least three people. Iraq never again made serious attacks against US outside its boarders.
2. The Millennium Plot
In late 1999, 16 members of an Al-Qaeda cell was arrested after their telephone conversation was tapped by Jordan intelligence officials and seized over 2,200kg (500lbs) of precursor chemical for explosives. Finally, the Yemen cell launched a boat loaded with explosives to detonate alongside US destroyer, USS the Sullivan’s, fortunately their boat capsized at the bottom of the harbor due to overloading.
3. The Reno IRS Bombing
The militia group hatched another attack plan on federal building and in December 18, 1995, Joseph Baillie and Ellis Hurst, anti-tax protesters, dropped a 45 kg (100 lb) fertilizer bomb near the Internal Revenue Service Building in Reno, Nevada. Fortunately the fuse they lit was a dud and did not work and was discovered by a staff. The two were cracked down and were sentenced for life imprisonment.
4. The New York City Landmark Plot
Yousef and Rahman group managed to strike the world trade center on February 26, 1993, shredding several stories, killing three people and wounding over 1000 others. Yousef fled but the group got new members including Sudanese diplomatic terrorist plot to date. The group rented a garage where they made the bombs as others surveyed potential targets like the UN buildings, the New York Field Office of the FBI, and the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels. The Sudanese even planned to acquire a diplomatic license plate to aid in the attacks. However, one of them became an informant with the FBI who fixed a surveillance camera in the garage. On June 24, 1993, the FBI attacked the group at Al-Farouk Mosque and they arrested them, while they resisted the arrest of the blind imam but he surrendered himself. Ten other men were arrested and convicted of sedition and conspiracy. Consequently, Sudan’s second secretary to the UN was expelled due to his countries involvement to terrorism and Sudan was listed among US state sponsors of terrorist where it still remains limiting aid and export to the country.
5. Texas Refinery Plot
The bomb was to be set at Mitchell Energy & Development natural gas processing plant, which upon explosion would have produced a lethal cloud of hydrogen sulfide that and would have killed up to 30,000 people. The group had already tested explosive devices and surveilled the plant when one of them change mind and became an informant for the FBI who arrested them upon acquiring enough evidence and were sentenced to life imprisonment. The informant was then put to the witness Protection Program.
6. London Bombings
They then fled after realizing that the attacks had failed but were arrested with the help of a video surveillance within eight days. Documents retrieved from Al-Qaeda safe houses revealed that both 7/7 and 7/21 had been arranged by the group in a revenge mission for British participation in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The four were arraigned in court and sentenced to serve at least 40 years each.
7. MLK Day Bomb Attempt
8. Attempt To Assassinate Prince Charles and Diana
9. The Bangkok Israeli Embassy Plot
10. Operation Bojinka
Yousef successfully tested his first bomb in a Manila movie theater, injuring dozen in late 1994. The next trial was in December 11 in a Philippines’ plane that killed one passenger and injured others; the highly skilled pilot made an emergency landing. The 11 targeted planes had been chosen when on January 6, 1995, Yousef’s apartment went ablaze while he was preparing the bombs for the attacks. He was unable to extinguish the fire and fled on foot and boarded a plane to Pakistan. The police, who responded to the fire found Yousef’s laptop thus getting to know more about Yousef. Yousef was later arrested two months later at a guest house in Islamabad, Pakistan. He was arraigned in court in the United States and sentenced for life imprisonment in supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.