1. February 26, 1993 –
A bomb explodes at the World Trade Center in New York, killing six and wounding hundreds. Six Muslim radicals, who US officials suspect have links to bin Laden, are eventually convicted for the bombing.
Investigators have never recovered conclusive evidence that the al Qaeda leader orchestrated the attack.
2. October 1993 –
Eighteen US servicemen, who are part of a humanitarian mission to Somalia, die in an ambush perpetrated by militants who reportedly trained with al Qaeda..
3. February 1998 –
Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri endorse a fatwa under the banner of the “International Islamic Front for Jihad on the Jews and Crusaders.”
This fatwa, published in the newspaper, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, on February 23, 1998, states that Muslims should kill Americans, including civilians, anywhere in the world where they can be found.
4. August 7, 1998 –
A pair of truck bombs explode outside the US embassies in Nairobi,
5. October 12, 2000 –
Bin Laden is linked to an attack/bombing on the USS Cole in Yemen that kills 17 sailors and injures 39.
6. May 29, 2001 –
Four of bin Laden’s alleged supporters are convicted of the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Africa.
Osama Bin Laden’s death
May 2, 2011 –
In the early morning hours, a small group of US Forces, including Navy Seals, raid a walled and fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
In the ensuing firefight, bin Laden and three other men die. A woman also dies. Bin Laden reportedly dies of a gunshot wound to the head. DNA samples are taken before his body is buried at sea.