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Osama Bin Laden Dead: Timeline Of Major Al Qaeda Attacks (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 05/02/11 05:38 PM ET Updated: 07/02/11 06:12 AM ET

"The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory," President Obama said Sunday night in his statement about the death of Osama bin Laden. "Hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky, twin towers collapsing to the ground, black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon. The wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction."

While Al Qaeda and its leader are perhaps most associated with the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, the extremist organization has been behind many other terrorist-related events in recent memory, from the deadly London public transit bombings in 2005 to a Marrakesh attack that killed 15 people last month.

View a timeline of Al Qaeda's most major attacks here. Captions are courtesy of Reuters:


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  • Al Qaeda Attacks Timeline

    Feb. 26, 1993 - A bomb explodes in the garage of the World Trade Center.

  • Aug. 7, 1998

    Truck bombs hit the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

  • Oct. 12, 2000

    The U.S.S. Cole came under attack in the Yemeni city of Aden.

  • Sept. 11, 2001

    Planes fly into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon. Another plane crashes in Pennsylvania.

  • April 11, 2002

    Explosion in the El Grhiba synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia.

  • Oct. 12, 2002

    Bombs explode in a nightclub in Bali, killing 202 people.

  • Nov. 28, 2002

    Suicide car bombers hit a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya.

  • May 12, 2003

    Al Qaeda bombers hit Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

  • May 16, 2003

    Coordinated explosions hit Casablanca, Morocco.

  • Aug. 19, 2003

    The U.N. headquarters in Baghdad are hit by a truck filled with explosives.

  • Nov. 9, 2003

    Al Qaeda suicide bombers target a residential compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

  • March 11, 2004

    More than 130 people are killed by bombs in four trains in Madrid.

  • July 7, 2005

    Bombs explode in the London subway, killing 52 people.

  • Nov. 9, 2005

    Attacks on hotels in Amman, the Jordanian capital, are claimed by Al Qaeda in Iraq.

  • April 11, 2007

    Suicide bombs explode in the Algerian capital Algiers.

  • Dec. 11, 2007

    Al Qaeda claims responsibilities for attacks on U.N. offices in Algiers.

  • Dec. 25, 2009

    Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is accused of attempting to bomb a U.S.-bound plane.

  • Jan. 25, 2010

    Suicide bombers hit hotels in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

  • July 2010

    A French tourist is killed by al Qaeda in Morocco after being kidnapped in Niger.

  • Oct. 31, 2010

    Gunmen attack a church in Baghdad during Sunday mass.

  • Nov. 5, 2010

    Parcel bombs on their way to the United States are intercepted on planes in Britain and Dubai.

  • Jan. 2011

    Two Frenchmen were found dead in Niger after being abducted by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

  • April 28, 2011

    A bomb explodes in Morocco's tourist hub Marrakesh.

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