Bin Laden’s CV of death and destruction

Published May 2nd, 2011 - 13:55 GMT

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December 29, 1992, the first attack by Al Qaeda was carried out in Aden, Yemen. A bomb went off at the Gold Mohur hotel, killing 2 Australians.
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Image 1 of 16: December 29, 1992, the first attack by Al Qaeda was carried out in Aden, Yemen. A bomb went off at the Gold Mohur hotel, killing 2 Australians.

1993 World Trade Center bombing occurred on February 26, 1993. Ramzi Yousef parked a rented van full of explosives in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center. The explosion killed 6 and left over one thousan wounded.
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Image 1 of 16: 1993 World Trade Center bombing occurred on February 26, 1993. Ramzi Yousef parked a rented van full of explosives in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center. The explosion killed 6 and left over one thousan wounded.

On March 12, 1993, a series of coordinated car bombings in Mumbai, India kill 257 and leave 1,400 wounded.
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Image 1 of 16: On March 12, 1993, a series of coordinated car bombings in Mumbai, India kill 257 and leave 1,400 wounded.

November 1994,  Al Qaeda planned Operation Bojinka, a plot to destroy airplanes in mid-Pacific flight using explosives. They tested their attacks on the Philippine Airlines Flight 434 resulting in at least one death.
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Image 1 of 16: November 1994, Al Qaeda planned Operation Bojinka, a plot to destroy airplanes in mid-Pacific flight using explosives. They tested their attacks on the Philippine Airlines Flight 434 resulting in at least one death.

August 7, 1998, al-Qaeda set off bombs at the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 224 people and injuring more than 5,500 others.
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Image 1 of 16: August 7, 1998, al-Qaeda set off bombs at the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 224 people and injuring more than 5,500 others.

October 2000, al-Qaeda succeeded in bombing a U.S. warship with the USS Cole bombing. 19 dead and 39 injured.
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Image 1 of 16: October 2000, al-Qaeda succeeded in bombing a U.S. warship with the USS Cole bombing. 19 dead and 39 injured.

September 11, 2001, The most destructive act ascribed to al-Qaeda was the series of attacks in the United States on The Twin Towers. These attacks destroyed the World Trade Center, approx. 3000 people, injuring over 6000, and damaged the Pentagon in a series of suicide hijacking of airplanes.
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Image 1 of 16: September 11, 2001, The most destructive act ascribed to al-Qaeda was the series of attacks in the United States on The Twin Towers. These attacks destroyed the World Trade Center, approx. 3000 people, injuring over 6000, and damaged the Pentagon in a series of suicide hijacking of airplanes.

The 2002 Bali bombings: The deadliest act of terrorism in the history of Indonesia. 202 killed and 240 injured.
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Image 1 of 16: The 2002 Bali bombings: The deadliest act of terrorism in the history of Indonesia. 202 killed and 240 injured.

November 15, and November 20, 2003: Istanbul bombings were four truck bomb attacks carried out, in Istanbul, Turkey, leaving 57 people dead, and 700 wounded. Several men have been convicted for their involvement.
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Image 1 of 16: November 15, and November 20, 2003: Istanbul bombings were four truck bomb attacks carried out, in Istanbul, Turkey, leaving 57 people dead, and 700 wounded. Several men have been convicted for their involvement.

March 11, 2004: It is thought that al-Qaeda was responsible for the bombing of the Madrid commuter train system. 191 killed and over 2000 injured.
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Image 1 of 16: March 11, 2004: It is thought that al-Qaeda was responsible for the bombing of the Madrid commuter train system. 191 killed and over 2000 injured.

May 29, 2004. Khobar massacre: 17 terrorists attacked 2 oil industry installations, the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation building and the Petroleum Centre, and a foreign workers' housing complex- the Oasis Compound -  Saudi Arabia. 22 deaths.
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Image 1 of 16: May 29, 2004. Khobar massacre: 17 terrorists attacked 2 oil industry installations, the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation building and the Petroleum Centre, and a foreign workers' housing complex- the Oasis Compound - Saudi Arabia. 22 deaths.

July 7, 2005, four members of Al-Qaeda, attacked London's public transport. Three bombs were detonated on the London Underground and one on a double decker bus. 56 died (including the 4 terrorists) and around 700 were injured.
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Image 1 of 16: July 7, 2005, four members of Al-Qaeda, attacked London's public transport. Three bombs were detonated on the London Underground and one on a double decker bus. 56 died (including the 4 terrorists) and around 700 were injured.

November 9, 2005, Suicide bombers merged into a wedding crowd in the Radisson SAS Hotel in Amman, Jordan, with three other hotels targeted in the same night leaving 60 people dead and hundreds injured.
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Image 1 of 16: November 9, 2005, Suicide bombers merged into a wedding crowd in the Radisson SAS Hotel in Amman, Jordan, with three other hotels targeted in the same night leaving 60 people dead and hundreds injured.

2007 Algiers bombing: Two bombs exploded within a short time of each other, one at the Prime Minister's office and the other at a police station. The blasts killed 33 people.
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Image 1 of 16: 2007 Algiers bombing: Two bombs exploded within a short time of each other, one at the Prime Minister's office and the other at a police station. The blasts killed 33 people.

June 2, 2008, bombing of the Danish embassy in Pakistan. A car bomb killed 6 people and injured several.
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Image 1 of 16: June 2, 2008, bombing of the Danish embassy in Pakistan. A car bomb killed 6 people and injured several.

June 1, 2009, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad opened fire in a drive-by shooting on a United States military recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, killing one U.S. soldier and wounding another.
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Image 1 of 16: June 1, 2009, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad opened fire in a drive-by shooting on a United States military recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, killing one U.S. soldier and wounding another.

The man responsible for a trail of destruction amounting to the tune of 4570 dead and thousands more  killed through his meddling in Iraq is dead and presumably in the sea. Will his reign of terror drown with him? 

So Obama finished him off - the world's most wanted man Osama bin-Laden. But Bush Junior certainly loosened the proverbial lid of the jar for him by kick-starting the wide-scale man-hunt with gusto, and officially declaring the search party to begin in 2001 when he demanded his nemesis Dead or Alive.

From Saudi youth to Afghanistan 'freedom fighter', this man launched his career of mass killings in 1988 from his 'Base'  a re-jigged organization called al Qaeda.  Hence followed a  whole spate of killings and terror attacks in different corners of the globe, highlights of which were Madrid '04, London 05, Amman 05  and of course the big one- 9/11. Not to forget the campaign of terror he unleashed on Iraq this last decade in an onslaught lasting 8 years til now. 

Americans and in fact Muslims and Arabs around the world are celebrating today the end of a man who has a pretty impressive CV of mass destruction.  Here's a look at his hottest hits (usually bombs and strikes) and a picture of why this man's 'head' was sought so intensely by the USA and its 'allies' in this War on Terror.

 

The man responsible for a trail of destruction amounting to the tune of 4570 dead and thousands more  killed through his meddling in Iraq is dead and presumably in the sea. Will his reign of terror drown with him? 

 

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