The 'War on Terror', also known as the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), included an International coalition of countries who supported the United States. The War on Terror targets terrorists who commit violent acts of both Domestic and International Terrorism.
War on Terror: Definition of Terrorism
War on Terror: Definition of Domestic Terrorism
War on Terror: Definition of International Terrorism
War on Terror: Middle Eastern Terrorists
War on Terror: State-Sponsored Terrorists
War on Terror Timeline
War on Terror for kids: War on Terror for kids: History Timeline
1970: Dawson's Field hijackings when terrorists hijacked four airplanes bound for New York City to a remote desert airstrip called Dawson's Field near Zarka, Jordan
1974: The "Alphabet Bomber" Muharem Kurbegovich bombed the Pan Am Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport
1975: LaGuardia Airport Bombing in East Elmhurst, New York City killed 11 and injured 75 people
1978: The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynsk begins a reign of terror sending mail bombs between 1978 to 1995
1979: The Taliban, one of the Mujahideen factions meaning "those engaged in jihad", was formed during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
1979: Iran Hostage Crisis: Militant Iranian students, stormed the United States Embassy in Teheran and 52 Americans were held hostage for more than a year
1980: The Bombing of the Statue of Liberty an explosive device was detonated in the Story Room.
1983: Beirut Barracks Bombings when U.S. Marine barracks were bombed in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 241
1984: Rajneeshee bioterror attack in which 751 people in The Dalles, Oregon were deliberately contaminated with salmonella
1985: TWA flight 847 hijacked and hostages were held for 17 days in Beirut, Lebanon
1986: La Belle discotheque bombing in West Berlin kills 3 and injures 150 people
1988: Lockerbie Bombing: Bomb on Pan Am flight 103 kills 270 in Lockerbie, Scotland
1989: Firebombing of the Riverdale Press following the defense of Salman Rushdie author of The Satanic Verses
1991: The Taliban was established in Pakistan.
1992: Fatwahs were issued by Al Qaeda against American Troops in Saudi Arabia and Yemen
1993: 1993 World Trade Center Bombing at World Trade Center kills 6 with more than 1000 injured
1993: Fatwahs were issued by Al Qaeda against American Troops in Somalia
1993: Battle of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down) when the US fought forces of Somali warlord Aidid
1995: Oklahoma City Bombing destroys a federal building kills 168, injures nearly 700
1996: Khobar Towers bombing at U.S. complex in Dharan, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 American soldiers
1998: Bombing at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania kills more than 200.
1998: Osama Bin Laden proclaimed that it was his Islamic duty to acquire weapons of mass destruction (WDM's) to overthrow to launch attacks on the United States and its western allies
1998: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) placed Osama bin Laden on its ten most-wanted fugitives list
2000: Bomb kills 17 American sailors and injures 39 aboard USS Cole near the Yemeni port of Aden
2001: 9/11 terrorist attacks: Hijacked airliners crash into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania, killing thousands of innocent people
2001: Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, President George H Bush used the term 'War on Terror' to describe the threat of terrorism in the world.
2001: An International coalition of countries who supported the United States was built to support America's. War on Terror and begins to target the radical Islamic group Al-Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden who was being sheltered by the Taliban.
2001: Anthrax attacks across in Washington D.D., Florida and New York City
2001: President Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, an antiterrorism law, on October 26, 2001, allowing federal officials greater authority in tracking and intercepting communications.
2001: The American War in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001 when the United States invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks.
2002: Bali Bombings: Bombing at nightclub in Bali, Indonesia, kills 202 and injures 209
2002: American troops deployed to the Philippines to help combat Filipino Islamist groups
2002: Guantanamo Bay detention camp established in Cuba on January 2002
2002: The Bush Administration sends about 100 Special Operations Forces to Yemen, a power base for Al Qaeda.
2002: Jihadi organizations and groups begin promoting extremism in Pakistan
2002: Mombasa attacks, an Al-Qaeda group bombs an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa, Kenya
2002: The Homeland Security Act was enacted by Congress in November 25, 2002 and the Department of Homeland Security became operational on January 24, 2003
2003: The Iraq War (20 March 2003 – 18 December 2011) began with an air campaign, immediately followed by a US-led ground invasion to capture Saddam Hussein and investigate his threat of weapons of mass destruction (WDM's).
2003: Riyadh compound bombings where at least 34 people were killed in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia
2003: Casablanca bombings in Casablanca, Morocco killing 33 victims
2003: Canal Hotel bombing, used as the United Nations (UN) headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq killed 22 people
2003: Istanbul bombings killed 57 civilians and more than 300 injured on synagogues in the city of Istanbul, Turkey
2004: The Pakistan Army launched a campaign in the Waziristan region to remove the Al-Qaeda forces in the region and the US launches Drone attacks in the region.
2004: Madrid train bombings on commuter trains in Spain killed 191 people and over 1800 people injured
2004: Khobar Massacre at the Oasis housing compound in the city of Khobar, Saudi Arabia
2005: London bombings on 7 July when 52 were killed and 700 were injured as bombs exploded on 3 underground trains and a London bus
2006: The War in Somalia between Somalian troops against the Somali Islamist umbrella group, the Islamic Court Union (ICU)
2006: Saddam Hussein is executed for crimes against humanity on December 30, 2006 in Kadhimiya, Iraq
2007: Algiers bombings in which fifty people were killed
2008: Islamabad Marriott Hotel bombing in Pakistan killing 54 people and injuring 266 others
2009: Pakistan emerged as a new global hub for anti-West militancy
2011: US air strikes and drone attacks in Yemen
2011: Death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan
2012: Islamic militants attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens - refer to the Benghazi attack
2012: The conflict in northern Mali with radical Islamists (affiliated to Al-Qaeda) advancing into the West African country of Mali.
2013: The Boston Marathon bombing on September 11, 2012 killed 6 people and 280 were injured
2013: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) grew out of Al-Qaeda - refer to ISIS and ISIL
2013: August 2013: Kayla Jean Mueller an American humanitarian aid worker was taken captive by ISIL in Aleppo, Syria. Kayla Jean Mueller was subsequently killed c. February 6, 2015
2013: ISIS and ISIL consolidated its hold over numerous towns and cities in Iraq. Their takeover of the Iraqi city of Mosul the two groups merged to create a caliphate, renamed itself the Islamic State (IS) and claimed absolute authority over all of the world’s Muslims.
2013: In 2013, President Barack Obama announced that the United States was no longer pursuing the 'War on Terror', stating that the military focus should be on specific enemies rather than a tactic.
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