11 years after the horrible day that shook the US as well as the world, the war on terror continues.
A series of four suicide attacks took place in the US on September 11. 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group Al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers intentionally piloted two of those planes, into the World Trade Center complex in New York City; another plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and intended to pilot the fourth hijacked jet into the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.; however, the plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers attempted to take control of the jet from the hijackers. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 246 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes.
October 7:the War in Afghanistan began.
October 16: Operation Active Endeavor officially began. Under which, NATO ships started patrolling the Mediterranean and monitoring shipping to protect against terrorist activity.
A series of operations called ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ began in Afghanistan, Caribbean and Central America, Philippines, Horn of Africa etc.
Pakistani militants beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi after holding him for several days. U.S. officials report there is evidence Khalid Sheik Mohammed, Al-Qaida’s operations chief, may have played a role in his kidnapping and murder. Pearl was shown on a tape being beheaded.
In February, Colin Powelladdressed a plenary session of the United Nations Security Council, stating categorically that Saddam Hussein was working to obtain key components to produce nuclear weapons. On March 20th War in Iraq began. President George W. Bush referred to it as "the central front inthe War on Terror".
On December 13 – Saddam Hussein was found and captured by U.S. Forces.
OnJune 18: theUnited States government, led by the CIA's Special Activities Division, began a series of ongoing attacks on targets in northwest Pakistan using drones. These attacks sought to defeat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants who were thought to have found a safe haven in Pakistan.
Dec. 29: Al-Qaida operatives launched an attack on Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior in Riyadh, hoping to topple the ministry's inverted pyramid structure. The attack failed with seven terrorists killed and one ministry officer seriously wounded.
On July 7 the 1st London bombings took place killing 52 people and injuring 700 more.
September 14 : Al-Qaeda's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, announced a union between his group and the Algerian militant group, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC). In January 2007, the GSPC was renamed Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and announced new tactics and additional objectives.
September 3 : The Iraqi authorities announced the arrest of a man they say is the second-in-command of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Hamad Jama al-Saedi.
June 8: Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a US airstrike in Iraq. Shortly after Al-Zarqawi's death, Al-Qaeda in Iraq announced the appointment of its new leader, the largely unknown Abu-Hamzah al-Muhajir, also known as Abu-Ayyub al-Masri.
May 6: Zacarias Moussaoui got a life sentence after being found guilty of involvement in the 9-11 attacks. Judge Leonie Brinkema told Moussaoui that he will "never get a chance to speak again and that's an appropriate ending". Moussaoui will serve his sentence in a maximum security jail in Colorado.
January 19:In what is believed to be his first new message since December 2004, Osama Bin Laden offered the US a "long term truce". The offer, quickly rejected by the US, came in an audio tape aired by Arabic TV station Al-Jazeera. The Al-Qaeda leader also warned of new attacks on the US being planned.
March 27: Australian detainee David Hicks pleaded guilty at a military court at Guantanamo Bay to a charge of providing material support for terrorism. The Muslim convert was accused of attending Al-Qaeda training camps and fighting with the Taliban. Hicks was the first detainee at the detention camp to face terror charges under new US rules.
March 15: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, admitted his role in them, and 30 other plots, in a hearing at Guantanamo Bay.
February 1: A senior Al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan, Abu Laith al-Libi, was killed.
March 31:The US charged a Guantanamo Bay detainee with war crimes for the 1998 attacked on the US embassy in Tanzania.
June 6:The alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and four other key suspects appeared at a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was captured in Pakistan in 2003, dismissed the trial as an "inquisition". He says he has had five years "under torture" and wished to become a martyr.
May 2 – Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by United States Navy Seals in his residence in Pakistan.
Sept 11: Al-Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri confirmed in a video recording the death of Abu Yahya al-Libi, a veteran militant said to have been a leader of the group's operations, and who had survived previous US attacks.