Terrorist plots uncovered in the US since 9/11
At least 21 plots to launch attacks on American soil have been thwarted. Here's a chronology.
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Fort Dix plot – May 2007Skip to next paragraph
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Six young men living in New Jersey, all in their 20s, were charged with conspiring to attack Fort Dix with guns and grenades. Eljvir Duka, Dritan Duka, and Shain Duka, ethnic Albanians from Yugoslavia, were in the US illegally. Serdar Tatar is a legal US resident from Turkey. Agron Abdullahu is also an ethnic Albanian, and Mohammad Ibrahim Shnewer is Jordanian. The six were not well-organized and had insufficient training to pull off such an attack, according to unsealed documents. At trial in October 2008, Abdullah pleaded guilty and plea-bargained, receiving 20 months in prison. The others were found guilty in December 2008. The Duka brothers received life without parole; Shnewer got life plus 30 years. Tatar received 33 years.
JFK Airport plot – June 2007
Four men allegedly conspired to blow up fuel tanks and pipelines at John F. Kennedy International Airport in the New York borough of Queens. Russell Defreitas, a US citizen of Guyanese descent, is alleged to be the group leader. Abdul Kadir and Abdel Nur are also Guyanese, and Kareem Ibrahim is a citizen of Trinidad. The four pleaded not guilty in 2008. Trial is pending.
Mohammed Jabarah – January 2008
He was arrested in 2002 in Oman and transferred to US custody. In January 2008 he pleaded guilty to filming US, Israeli, and Australian embassies and conducting surveillance of US warships. He was suspected of training in Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and associating with Bin Laden. Mr. Jabarah was sentenced to life in prison.
Christopher Paul – June 2008
Mr. Paul, a US citizen, joined Al Qaeda in the 1990s and became involved in conspiracies to target Americans in the US from overseas. He became involved in a terror cell in Germany in 1999. When he returned to Ohio, he was arrested for conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction "against targets in Europe and the United States." Paul pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to 20 years.