TIME FIRST MENTIONED OSAMA BIN LADEN
in 1993, reporting that the Saudi financier
had fought in Afghanistan with the mujahedin and "brought many others to the cause." Since then, Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda have waged a war of terror around the world. Some highlights from our coverage over the years:
At 12:18 on a snowy Friday afternoon, a massive explosion rocked the foundation of the Twin Towers of the Trade Center in lower Manhattan -- the second tallest buildings in the world and a magnet for 100,000 workers and visitors each day. The bomb was positioned to wreak maximum damage to the infrastructure of the building and the commuter networks below.
From Tower Terror
By Richard Lacayo
Mar. 8, 1993
This is the dark side of Islam, which shows its face in violence and terrorism intended to overthrow modernizing, more secular regimes and harm the Western nations that support them. Its influence far outweighs its numbers.
From The Dark Side Of Islam
By Bruce W. Nelan
Oct. 4, 1993
The blast tore a 40-ft. by 40-ft. hole in the port side of the Cole ... Sailors not maimed by the explosion and flying shrapnel had only an instant to scramble to safety before water rushed into the gaping hole and engulfed them. The attack killed 17 sailors and injured 38 more.
From Sneak Attack
By Romesh Ratnesar
Oct. 23, 2000
Al-Fadl sat in a New York City courtroom last week telling the world the intimate details he has been revealing to U.S. investigators over the years, about how bin Laden's Jihadist organization, called al Qaeda (the Base), works and how its terror conspiracies evolve.
From A Traitor's Tale
By Johanna McGeary
Feb. 19, 2001
The first plane hit the World Trade Center's north tower at 8:45, ripping through the building's skin and setting its upper floors ablaze ... As the gruesome rains came--bits of plane, a tire, office furniture, glass, a hand, a leg, whole bodies, began falling all around--people in the streets all stopped and looked, and fell silent.
From If You Want To Humble An Empire
By Nancy Gibbs
Sep. 14, 2001
After the infidels have been expelled from the land of Islam, bin Laden, like other Islamic radicals, foresees the overthrow of current regimes across the Muslim world and the establishment of one united government strictly enforcing Shari'a, or Islamic law.
From Osama's Endgame
By Lisa Beyer
Oct. 15, 2001
Al-Qaeda had its origins in the long war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. After Soviet troops invaded the country in 1979, Muslims flocked to join the local mujahedin in fighting them. In Peshawar, Pakistan, which acted as the effective headquarters of the resistance, a group whose spiritual leader was a Palestinian academic called Abdallah Azzam established a service organization to provide logistics and religious instruction to the fighters. The operation came to be known as al-Qaeda al-Sulbah--the 'solid base.'
From Hate Club
By Michael Elliott
Nov. 12, 2001
Al Tbaiti's primary mission, Moroccan officials believe, was to prepare a sequel to the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen, that killed 17 Americans. Tbaiti's controller, sources tell TIME, was the same operative — an Al Qaeda commander known as Mullah Blal — who directed the Cole bombing in October 2000.
From Inside an al-Qaeda Bust
By Scott Rabat
Jun. 15, 2002
Though the Bali bombing was particularly sickening, it was part of a greater spasm of violence that has counterterrorism officials bracing for more. The CIA believes that the outrage was the work of Muslim extremists belonging to the Southeast Asian group Jemaah Islamiah, which the U.S. believes is closely linked with al-Qaeda, the terrorist network headed by Osama bin Laden
From How Al-Qaeda Got Back On The Attack
By Michael Elliott and Mitch Frank
Oct. 28, 2002
Southeast Asia is emerging as a key staging area for international terrorism. TIME takes an in-depth look at the second front in the war against terror.
From Asia's War on Terrorism
By TIME Asia
Europeans watching the march of terror from Riyadh and Chechnya to Casablanca couldn't help but notice that the trail of bombs seemed to be heading their way. Americans who'd been reassured by Bush's brash declaration that half of al-Qaeda's leadership was dead or in jail realized that taking out the leaders is not the same as stopping the army.
From 'Anytime, Anywhere'
By Eric Pooley
May 18, 2003
A mobile-phone bomb is a simple but effective way to commit mass murder from a distance. The tactic worked 10 times during the Thursday-morning rush hour in Madrid, as powerful explosives ripped open carriages, killing at least 200 commuters and wounding more than 1,500 others.
From A Strike At Europe's Heart
By Aparism Ghosh and James Graff
March 14, 2004
For days after the attack, Europe literally didn't know what had hit it. But even after Islamic terrorism was blamed for the 10 horrific blasts that killed 202 people in Madrid on March 11, the response outside of Spain was oddly muted, especially compared to the flood tide of emotion and solidarity in the days after Sept. 11.
From Now What Do We Do?
By J.F.O. McAllister
March 21, 2004
Neither side in the partisan wrangling over 9/11 has shown much interest in exploring the origins of al-Qaeda, and the lessons that may be learned from it. That may be because the practice of relying on and empowering dodgy elements as allies and proxies in America's wars remains a strategic staple.
From What the 9/11 Commission Overlooks
By Tony Karon
Apr. 08, 2004
The young Saudi prisoner who wouldn't talk was not just any detainee. He was Mohammed al-Qahtani, a follower of Osama bin Laden's and the man believed by many to be the so-called 20th hijacker.
From Inside The Interrogation Of Detainee 063
By Adam Zagorin and Michael Duffy
Jun. 20, 2005
The blast in Tavistock Square was the culmination of the worst attack on London since World War II. Two days after the bombings, the official toll was 49 dead--a figure expected to rise--and some 700 injured.
From Rush Hour Terror
By Michael Elliott
Jul. 18, 2005
The reality is that the removal of al-Zarqawi may unearth as many new dilemmas as it solves. The hit has forced the Administration to confront a messy breach emerging among top aides.
From Funeral for Evil
By James Carney and Mike Allen
Jun. 19, 2006
Photoessay: Death of Al-Qaeda's Man in Iraq
Though authorities are still tight-lipped on details as investigations into the Glasgow and London events pick up speed, their proximity in time and growing number may be indicative of one thing: the al-Qaeda-inspired fondness of jihadists to coordinate strikes in a short space of time to produce a siege mentality among the public.ing sentiment among intelligence and counterterrorism officials in Europe.
From Britain's Burst of Terror
By Bruce Crumley
Jun. 30, 2007
Photoessay: Terror in the UK
Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff's "gut feeling" that an al-Qaeda attack in the U.S. may be imminent is more than just a hunch [EM] it echoes the prevailing sentiment among intelligence and counterterrorism officials in Europe.
From Behind the Summer Terror Warning
By Andrew Purvis
July 12, 2007
Islamic fundamentalists, who want Pakistan ruled by Islamic law, and foreign extremists like al-Qaeda, who are hiding in Pakistan's mountainous and lawless borderlands, hate Musharraf because of his ties to Washington.
From Who Lost Pakistan?
By Aryn Baker and Simon Robinson
July 19, 2007
And as former State Department official Daniel Markey notes in Foreign Affairs, many Pakistani officers distrust the U.S. because we cut off aid in the 1990s. Threatening to do so again would probably push Islamabad into the arms of its other big ally, China, and make it even less helpful in the struggle against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
From How to Deal with Dictators
By Peter Beinart
July 26, 2007