10 Foiled al-Qaida Plots Released
Foiled plots targeted U.S.
October 10, 2005
In a major address outlining his strategy on the war against
terrorism delivered to the National Endowment for Democracy last
week, President Bush said that 10 major al-Qaida plots were disrupted
since September 11, 2001 - two involving a plan to use commercial
airliners to attack targets on the East and West Coasts of the
The president said the United
States and its partners had also foiled at least five additional
al-Qaida efforts to case potential U.S. government sites and
locations frequented by tourists.
1. The West Coast Airliner
Plot: In mid-2002 the U.S. disrupted a plot to attack targets
on the West Coast of the United States using hijacked airplanes.
The plotters included at least one major operational planner
involved in planning the events of 9/11.
2. The East Coast Airliner
Plot: In mid-2003 the U.S. and a partner disrupted a plot to
attack targets on the East Coast of the United States using hijacked
3. The Jose Padilla Plot: In
May 2002 the U.S. disrupted a plot that involved blowing up apartment
buildings in the United States. One of the plotters, Jose Padilla,
also discussed the possibility of using a "dirty bomb"
in the U.S.
4. The 2004 U.K. Urban Targets
Plot: In mid-2004 the U.S. and partners disrupted a plot that
involved urban targets in the United Kingdom. These plots involved
using explosives against a variety of sites.
5. The 2003 Karachi Plot: In
the Spring of 2003 the U.S. and a partner disrupted a plot to
attack Westerners at several targets in Karachi, Pakistan.
6. The Heathrow Airport Plot:
In 2003 the U.S. and several partners disrupted a plot to attack
Heathrow Airport [outside London] using hijacked commercial airliners.
The planning for this attack was undertaken by a major 9/11 operational
7. The 2004 U.K. Plot: In the
Spring of 2004 the U.S. and partners, using a combination of
law enforcement and intelligence resources, disrupted a plot
to conduct large-scale bombings in the U.K.
8. The 2002 Arabian Gulf Shipping
Plot: In late 2002 and 2003 the U.S. and a partner nation disrupted
a plot by al-Qa'ida operatives to attack ships in the Arabian
9. The 2002 Straits of Hormuz
Plot: In 2002 the U.S. and partners disrupted a plot to attack
ships transiting the Straits of Hormuz.
10. The 2003 Tourist Site Plot:
In 2003 the U.S. and a partner nation disrupted a plot to attack
a tourist site outside the United States.
FIVE CASINGS AND INFILTRATIONS
1. The U.S. Government &
Tourist Sites Tasking: In 2003 and 2004, an individual was tasked
by al-Qa'ida to case important U.S. government and tourist targets
within the United States.
2. The Gas Station Tasking:
In approximately 2003, an individual was tasked to collect targeting
information on U.S. gas stations and their support mechanisms
on behalf of a senior al-Qa'ida planner.
3. Iyman Faris & the Brooklyn
Bridge: In 2003, and in conjunction with a partner nation, the
U.S. government arrested and prosecuted Iyman Faris, who was
exploring the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
Faris ultimately pleaded guilty to providing material support
to al-Qa'ida and is now in a federal correctional institution.
4. 2001 Tasking: In 2001, al-Qa'ida
sent an individual to facilitate post-September 11 attacks in
the U.S. U.S. law enforcement authorities arrested the individual.
5. 2003 Tasking: In 2003, an
individual was tasked by an al-Qa'ida leader to conduct reconnaissance
on populated areas in the U.S.
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