Nearly a decade after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden – the leader and founder of Al-Qaeda terrorist network was killed in his mansion in Pakistan. Here are some major events of Al-Qaeda’s history.
1988: Bin Laden formed al-Qaida
Osama Bin Laden first fought against Soviet forces invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Then, when American army based in Saudi Arabia, he moved the hatred to the US. Osama bin Laden uses his wealth from family to found militia force called al-Qaida with other fighters. In Arabic, al-Qaida means "the base".
Bin Laden formed al-Qaida in 1988
1993: World Trade Center in New York
In the car park of the World Trade Center in New York, a bomb explores leaving six people dead and many others injured. Al-Qaeda was claimed for this bombing. In the same year, bin Laden established militant training camps in Sudan and started seeking for nuclear weapons.
World Trade Center in New York
Al-Qaeda is blamed for the bombing attack to American military housing in Saudi Arabia which leaves 19 US citizens dead.
Al-Qaeda is responsible for the suicide bomb attack on the USS Cole. 17 people were killed in the bombing.
Two aeroplanes fly into the World Trade Center in New York and one hits the Pentagon in Washington which killed 3,000 people.
A series of attack happens including one explosion at the UN headquarters in Baghdad. 22 people were killed.
Al-Qaeda carried out attacks on an HSBC office and the British Consulate
Just before the US election, Bin Laden released a video in which he admitted responsibility for the 9/11 attacks and warns further terrorizing actions.
Four men, who are linked to al-Qaeda, carried out the bomb attacks on underground trains and double decker bus in London which killed 52 people and injured 700 more.
Bin Laden failed in a bombing of a US-bound plane on Christmas Day
US President Barack Obama announced that US forces in Pakistan had killed Bin Laden in his mansion.