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Omar Eduardo Rivera is visually impaired, and, until September 11, 2001, he worked as a computer programmer on the 71st floor of the World Trade Center with his guide dog, Dorado. The two were at work when the plane hit. Rivera thought that there was no way he would be able to make it down the stairs fast enough so he put his dog, Dorardo, first. He unleashed Dorado, gave him a hug, and ordered him to go - “I thought I was lost forever—the noise and the heat were terrifying—but I had to give Dorado the chance of escape.”

In the rush of what was going on, Dorado was swept away but within minutes, Dorado had found his way back to Rivera and stood right by his side. He refused to leave his owner behind. The two slowly made their way down the stairs - Dorado guiding his owner with the help of one co-worker who saw them struggling. It took them an hour to get down to the first floor and within moments, the tower collapsed. Rivera declares that he owes his life to his loyal best friend, Dorado.

One of the ways Wahlberg and Berg wanted to show proper care and sensitivity to the story of the Boston Marathon bombing was to film in the places the events had actually taken place. That’s great for historical accuracy and everything, but the events we are talking about are people being exploded and shot. Those are not things the people in that area want to relive, even through a film set. So it should come as no surprise that when the neighbors in the exact neighborhood where a deadly shootout had occurred were informed a movie crew was going to fire blanks for several nights straight, they weren’t thrilled. The town manager finally had to shut it down, saying the recreation “wasn’t in the best interest” of the neighborhood.

The 9/11 films United 93 and World Trade Center have been even more controversial. United 93 came out less than five years after the event, meaning emotions were still raw for people who had lost loved ones on that day. The original trailer was so violent and got so many complaints that the AMC theater chain pulled it completely. Family members who saw the film admitted to being emotionally drained. Meanwhile, Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center paid two survivors $200,000 each to be advisors. Understandably, the widows of the men who died rescuing those two guys then accused them of cashing in on the tragedy. Other family members said they approached the production to help and were turned away, meaning the filmmakers weren’t interested in getting additional information that might have helped more accurately flesh out the story if that meant extra people in the line for the craft services table.

There are also times when filmmakers will blatantly make shit up to better suit their narrative. Not all family members of United 93 victims were “lucky” enough to have their loved ones merely exploited for box office money. One German widow had to watch Paul Greengrass cast an actor known for playing Nazis to portray her dead husband as a coward, because hey, every good story needs a villain.

5 Big Problems With Hollywood’s Addiction To ‘Tragedy Porn’


Welcome to New York, anything to declare?

I am going to hang a high-wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center and walk on it! 


The Walk (2015) Directed by Robert Zemeckis

It’s been 15 years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, but the images of that day remain clear. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and a third into the Pentagon in Virginia. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives. Because of the actions of 40 passengers and crew aboard the fourth plane, Flight 93, the U.S. Capitol was saved. In New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and across the country, people will gather today to remember the depth of our loss and the strength of our resolve. By visiting these places and hearing their stories, those who were taken will never be forgotten. Photo from the Flight 93 National Memorial by Tami Heilemann, Interior.

They headed for a distant pack of skyscrapers, an ominous elevation that studded the horizon like giant chipped and broken teeth in the mouth of some mythical hockey goalie. Two of the buildings looked familiar. Shimmering rectangles. Twin towers.
The World Trade Center!
New York. This must be …

The Familiar p. 26

Jake waking up in an alternate 2009 and seeing the intact Twin Towers in yeerk-controlled Manhattan will always be one of the most inadvertently disturbing parts of this entire book.  

What Happened in September?

Request: Would you be willing to write something of reader volunteering to tell Bucky about what happened during September 11th 2001. And of course if that subject is way too close.. it could very well be about atomic bombings that had happened or holocaust. I am aware of your discomfort about writing death, which I respect. If you know great writer, this would be one of the ideas to them

Blog Tag: @amandulie

A/N: Thank you for being aware of my discomfort. I tried to make this as safe to read as possible for all while still telling what had happened. It was emotionally challenging to write, despite the fact that I was nowhere near New York in 2001.

Warnings: September 11, 2001 details – the attack on the twin towers, mainly; reader recounting the loss of her father

Word Count Total: 671

Short Imagine #34

Title: What Happened in September?

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Two homeless men squat in the shadow of the recently completed World Trade Center in October, 1975. New York City was on the verge of bankruptcy and the World Trade Center sat largely vacant.

- Jean Pierre Laffont

I absolutely hate the new “Freedom Tower” idea that’s being thrown around (now accepted?). 

Just look at this picture. The WTC stuck out quite blatantly among the Manhattan skyline, but did so in a beautiful manner. Looking at the skyline is, now, depressing. There is this physical presence missing which you can feel–even when thousands of miles away looking at just a picture. 

The new “Freedom Tower” will have this same sore-thumb appearance but I think it will look just plain-dumb. The WTC stuck out, architecturally and materially. The new tower will stick out because of it’s glass structure and will try to fit in (I get that feeling looking at pre-construction renderings).

Maybe I’m ranting a lost cause. But the WTC were an icon and continue to be. If they were still standing I’d want to stand on top of them and view the world from them. The WTC are the motivating factor for me to believe in alternate universes–solely so I can travel to one and stare at the WTC. They are truly an emotional centerpiece for me and I am sure that is the case for many other people, New Yorkers in particular. They represented something great, times two. And we need to rebuild the WTC, exactly as they were externally so that we can continue representing something great.

I usually embrace moving into the future with a blatant disregard for the past (history does not repeat itself–humans do, however) but the WTC cannot be forgotten.


For the past year or so, people from all over the world have been contributing their impossible dreams to hitRECord. Our worldwide community of artists has been rallying around those people and encouraging them to pursue those dreams. And now, we’ve made three different videos about three of these dreamers. This is the first one. It’s based on Scorch’s impossible dream of becoming a mom.

This “Impossible Dream" collaboration was inspired by a movie I’m in called “The Walk,” coming to theaters on September 30th. It’s a true story about Philippe Petit. His impossible dream was to hang a high wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center and walk across it. And, in 1974, with the help of his co-conspirators, he achieved this dream.

Philippe Petit couldn’t have fulfilled his dream all by himself, and as you’ll see in our three “Impossible Dream" short films, the support and encouragement of other people can help to make the impossible possible.

Thanks again <3


lifedeathandeternity  asked:

What do you say in response to the claim that blaming Islam for terrorist attacks is like blaming Christianity for Westboro Baptist Church activity? (I've seen this a lot on my dash in the last day and I don't quite know how to respond to it...)

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

(I can’t believe I’m using a Sherlock gif but whatever.)


Before I give you a whole lot of facts and statistics about Islam, I’ll start out by saying that the Westboro Baptist Church is made up of only 40 or so people. But the real question is, what is the extent of their actions?

Pretty simple.

They run around with picket signs, protest, and do somewhat dick-ish things, like trying to crash a funeral.

But do they kill people? No. They’re a nuisance, but they do not actively harm anyone physically or try to take their lives. 

Islam on the other hand…well,

The ideology is steeped in terroristic commands. 

Martyrdom (particularly in the goal of killing infidels or those who do not believe in Islam) is encouraged. Here’s another link that lists down some more places in the Quran where killing nonbelievers is encouraged. And that’s what all the support for the suicide bombings over the last how many ever years come from.

So now to the statistics. In answer to the claim that “blaming Islam for terrorist attacks is like blaming Christianity for Westboro Baptist Church activity”:

How about a “hell to the no”?

August 29, 1981 – 1981 Vienna synagogue attack. 2 dead 30 injured.
October 2, 1982 – 1982 Great Synagogue of Rome attack. 1 dead 37 injured.
November 11, 1982 – Tyre headquarters bombings. 91 dead. 55 injured.
April 18, 1983 – The April 1983 U.S. Embassy bombing, in Beirut, Lebanon by the Islamic Jihad Organization. 63 dead, 120 injured.[1]
October 23, 1983 – The 1983 Beirut barracks bombing by the Islamic Jihad Organization. 307 dead 75 injured.
December 12, 1983 – 1983 Kuwait bombings. The 90-minute coordinated attack of six key foreign and Kuwaiti installations including two embassies, the airport, and the country’s main petro-chemical plant, was more notable for the damage it might have caused than what was actually destroyed. What might have been “the worst terrorist episode of the twentieth century in the Middle East,” succeeding in killing only 6 people because of the bombs’ faulty rigging.[2]
September 20, 1984 – The 1984 United States embassy annex bombing in Beirut, Lebanon. 24 dead.
April 12, 1985 – 1985 El Descanso bombing. 18 dead 82 injured.
October 7, 1985 – Achille Lauro hijacking. 1 dead.
December 27, 1985 – Rome and Vienna airport attacks. 23 dead 139 injured.
June 14, 1985 – TWA Flight 847 hijacking. 1 dead.
April 2, 1986 – TWA Flight 840 bombing (1986). 4 dead. 7 injured.
September 6, 1986 – Neve Shalom Synagogue Attack. 22 dead.
December 21, 1988 - 1988 Lockerbie bombing 270 dead, also includes 11 on the ground
July 7, 1989 – Tel Aviv Jerusalem bus 405 suicide attack, near Kiryat Yearim. 16 dead.[3]
February 4, 1990 – A bus carrying Israeli tourists in Egypt was attacked by Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine. 11 people, including 9 Israelis died and 17 others were injured.[4]
February 2, 1992 - 1992 Ürümqi bombings 3 dead 23 injured
March 17, 1992 – The 1992 attack on Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. 29 killed 242 injured.
January 25, 1993 - 1993 shootings at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. 2 killed, 3 injured.
February 26, 1993 – World Trade Center bombing, in New York City. 6 killed, 1,042 injured [5]
March 12, 1993 – Serial blasts in Mumbai kill 257 people.
July 2, 1993 – Sivas Massacre, Arson attack at a gathering in Sivas killing 35 intellectuals from Turkey, most of whom were Alevis.
April 6, 1994 – Afula Bus suicide bombing killing 8 wounding 55.
April 13, 1994 – Hadera bus station suicide bombing. killing 5 wounding 30.
July 18, 1994 – Buenos Aires Jewish Center AMIA bombing. killing 85 wounding 300.
July 26, 1994 – The 1994 London Israeli Embassy attack. 20 injured.
October 19, 1994 – The Dizengoff Street bus bombing was a Hamas suicide attack on a passenger bus driving down Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv. 22 killed 50 injured.
November 11, 1994 – Netzarim Junction bicycle bombing killing 3 and wounding 12.
December 24, 1994 – Air France Flight 8969 hijacking in Algiers by 3 members of Armed Islamic Group of Algeria and another terrorist. 7 killed including 4 hijackers, 25 injured.[6]
January 22, 1995 – The Beit Lid suicide bombing was a suicide attack by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. 20 dead 69 injured.
January 30, 1995 – A car bomb exploded outside of a police station. 42 dead and 286 injured.[7][8]
July 20, 1995 – A bomb on a motor scooter exploded at a marketplace in Jammu. Harkat-ul-Ansar claimed responsibility for the bombing. at least 17 killed 100+ injured.[9]
July 24, 1995 – The Ramat Gan bus bombing was a suicide attack by Hamas. 6 dead 33 injured.
July 25-October 17, 1995 – The 1995 Paris Métro and RER bombings were a series of attacks by the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria in France. 8 killed 100+ wounded.
October 20, 1995 – In the 1995 Rijeka bombing a suicide bomber attempted to destroy a police station by driving a car with a bomb into the wall of the building. killing 1 (assailant) injured 29.
February 25 & March 3, 1996 – The Jaffa Road bus bombings Two attacks on Jerusalem route 18 buses by Hamas. 45 killed 52 injured.
March 4, 1996 – The Dizengoff Center suicide bombing was a terror attack by Hamas on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Purim. 13 killed 130 injured.
April 18, 1996 – Islamist gunmen fire on the Europa hotel in Cairo. 18 killed 17 wounded.[10]
June 25, 1996 – Khobar Towers bombing, 20 killed, 372 wounded.[11]
February 25, 1997 - Three bombs explode on three buses in the Xinjiang capital of Ürümqi. 9 dead 74 injured
March 21, 1997 – The Café Apropo bombing was a Hamas suicide bomber who detonated at a Tel Aviv sidewalk café. killing 3 wounding 46.
July 30, 1997 – The 1997 Mahane Yehuda Market bombings were two consecutive suicide bombings carried out by Hamas militants at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem. killing 16 wounding 178.
September 18, 1997 – The 1997 Mostar car bombings. 29 people injured.
November 17, 1997 – Luxor massacre, 6 armed Islamic terrorists attacked tourists at the Luxor ruins. 62 killed, 26 injured.[12]
February 14, 1998 – A total of 58 people were killed and over 200 injured in 12 bomb attacks in 11 places, in the city of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
August 7, 1998 – 1998 United States embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. 224 dead, 4000+ injured.[13]
April 23, 2000 – September 19, 2000 – 2000 Sipadan kidnappings by 6 Islamist militants. Several injured.
October 12, 2000 – Attack on USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden. 17 American sailors were killed, 39 injured.
December 22, 2000 – Attack on Red Fort in Delhi.
December 24, 2000 – Christmas Eve 2000 Indonesia bombings of churches in eight cities, 18 killed.[14]
March 4, 2001 – The 2001 Netanya bombing was a suicide bombing in Netanya, Israel. 3 killed 60+ injured.
April 14, 2001 – 2001 Ramna Batamul bombings. 10 dead, many wounded.
May 18, 2001 – The 2001 HaSharon Mall suicide bombing in Netanya, Israel. 5 killed 100+ injured.
May 27, 2001 – The Dos Palmas kidnappings with more than 40 deaths and numerous injured.
June 1, 2001 – In the Dolphinarium discotheque suicide bombing 21 people were killed and 100+ were injured.
9 August 2001 – The Sbarro restaurant suicide bombing was a Hamas terrorist attack on a pizzeria in downtown Jerusalem. 15 killed 130 injured.
September 9, 2001 – The Nahariya train station suicide bombing was executed by an Arab-Israeli who was sent by Hamas and detonated himself on the crowded platform. 3 dead 94 injured.
September 11, 2001 – 4 planes hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda members: two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, New York; one into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia; and one into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 2,977 victims killed.[15]
October 1, 2001 – Attack on the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly.
November 29, 2001 – The Pardes Hanna bus bombing was a suicide bombing on a bus from Nazareth to Tel Aviv. 3 dead 7 injured.
December 2, 2001 – Haifa bus 16 suicide bombing. 15 killed 40 injured.
December 13, 2001 – Suicide attack on Indian parliament in New Delhi by Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist organizations Jaish-E-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba, aimed at eliminating the top leadership of India and causing anarchy in the country. 7 dead, 12 injured.[16]
January 22, 2002 – Attack on an American cultural centre in Kolkata
January 23, 2002 – The kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl – Israeli-American journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped by Pakistani Islamic militants. He was later beheaded on February 1.
January 25, 2002 – The 2002 Tel Aviv outdoor mall bombing was a terrorist attack which occurred in which a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in Tel-Aviv, Israel, injuring at least 24 civilians.
January 27, 2002 – 2002 Jaffa Street bombing. 1 dead.
March 2, 2002 – The Yeshivat Beit Yisrael massacre was a suicide bombing which occurred in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem. 11 killed 54 injured.
March 9, 2002 – The Café Moment bombing was a Palestinian terrorist attack in a coffee shop in downtown Jerusalem, Israel. 11dead 54 injured.
March 20, 2002 – The Umm al-Fahm bus bombing was a suicide bombing which occurred on a bus which was passing through Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel
March 21, 2002 – King George Street bombing. 3 dead 42 injured.
March 27, 2002 – The Passover massacre was a suicide bombing carried out by Hamas at the Park Hotel in Netanya. 30 dead 140 wounded.
March 29, 2002 – Kiryat HaYovel supermarket bombing. 2 dead 28 wounded.
March 30, 2002 – Attack on the Raghunath temple
March 31, 2002 – The Matza restaurant suicide bombing occurred, when a Palestinian Hamas suicide bomber detonated his bomb inside the Matza restaurant in Haifa, Israel, near the Grand Canyon shopping mall, killing 16 Israeli civilians and injuring over 40 people.
April 10, 2002 – Yagur Junction bombing. 8 killed 19 injured.
April 11, 2002 – Ghriba synagogue bombing A natural gas truck rigged with explosives detonated in front of the ancient El Ghriba synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba, killing 14 Germans, 3 Tunisians, and 2 French. More than 30 people were wounded.
April 12, 2002 – 2002 Mahane Yehuda Market bombing. 6 killed 104 wounded.
May 7, 2002 – The 2002 Rishon LeZion bombing was a suicide bombing which occurred at a crowded game club located in the new industrial area of Rishon Lezion. 16 killed 57 injured.
May 8, 2002 – 2002 Karachi bus bombing A man driving a car bomb detonated next to a bus carrying mostly French engineers. 11 Frenchmen and 2 Pakistanis were killed (not including the bomber).
May 14, 2002 – three terrorists attacked a tourist bus near the town of Kaluchak in the Indian state Jammu and Kashmir .
May 19, 2002 – Netanya Market bombing. 3 dead 56+ injured.
June 5, 2002 – Megiddo Junction bus bombing. 17 dead 43 injured.
June 11, 2002 – 2002 Herzliya shawarma restaurant bombing. 1 dead 15 injured.
June 14, 2002 – The first of several attacks targeting the U.S. consulate in Karachi. 12 killed, 51 injured.
June 18, 2002 – Patt Junction Bus Bombing. 19 dead 74 injured.
June 19, 2002 – 2002 French Hill suicide bombing. 7 dead ~50 injured.
June 20, 2002 – A British national was killed when a bomb placed under his car detonated in Al Nakheel.[17]
July 13, 2002 – Militants kill 29 Hindu labourers in Qasim Nagar on the outskirts of Jammu in Jammu and Kashmir.
July 16, 2002 – 2002 Immanuel bus attack. 9 dead 20 injured.
July 17, 2002 – Neve Shaanan Street bombing. 5 dead 40 injured.
July 31, 2002 – Hebrew University bombing. 9 dead ~100 injured.
August 4, 2002 – Meron Junction Bus 361 attack. 9 dead 38 injured.
September 19, 2002 – Allenby Street bus bombing. 6 dead ~70 injured.
September 24, 2002 – Akshardham Temple attack
October 2, 2002 – The first of three bomb blasts in Zamboanga City kills 4 people, including one United States Green Beret and wounds 25 others, including another United States Green Beret.
October 6, 2002 – An explosive-laden dinghy rammed the French-flagged tanker Limburg in the Gulf of Aden off of Yemen, killing one crewman and seriously damaging the ship.
October 8, 2002 – Faylaka Island attack Two Kuwaiti jihadists attacked a group of United States Marines, killing one and injuring another. Both attackers were killed.
October 12, 2002 – 2002 Bali bombings in the tourist district of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people and injuring 240.[21]
October 17, 2002 – The second of three bomb blasts targets a shopping centre in Zamboanga City, killing at least 7 and wounding about 150 people.
October 21, 2002 – The third of three bomb blasts targets Fort Pilar, a Catholic shrine in Zamboanga City, killing a Philippine Marine guarding the church and wounding 18 others.
October 21, 2002 – Karkur junction suicide bombing. 14 dead +40 injured
October 23, 2002 – The Moscow theater hostage crisis was the seizure of the crowded Dubrovka Theater by Islamists. 170+ dead (including 40 perpetrators) 700+ injured.
October 27, 2002 – Sonol gas station bombing. 3 dead 18 injured.
November 21, 2002 – Kiryat Menachem bus bombing. 11 dead 50 injured.
November 24, 2002 – Attack on the Raghunath temple
November 28, 2002 – 2002 Mombasa attacks Islamic terrorists launch simultaneous attacks against an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa and an Israeli charter plane. 13 people (10 Kenyans and 3 Israelis), not including 3 suicide bombers, were killed and 80 injured at the hotel, but the plane was missed by the two missiles fired at it.
January 5, 2003 – Tel Aviv central bus station massacre. 23 dead 100+ injured.
February 20, 2003 – An American employee of BAE Systems was shot to death in his car in Riyadh.[22][23][24]
February 28, 2003 – A gunman opens fire on the U.S. consulate in Karachi. 2 police officers killed, 5 police officers and 1 civilian injured.
March 5, 2003 – Haifa bus 37 suicide bombing. 17 dead 53 wounded.
April 30, 2003 – Mike’s Place suicide bombing. 3 dead 50+ injured.
May 1, 2003 – A man dressed in a Royal Saudi Navy uniform penetrated an American base, killing one American, before escaping unscathed.[25]
May 12, 2003 – Several heavily-armed gunmen open fire and detonate vehicle bombs outside three housing compounds in Riyadh occupied by Westerners, killing 27 people (12 attackers also were killed). More than 160 people were wounded.
May 12, 2003 – The 2003 Znamenskoye suicide bombing. 59 killed 200 injured.
May 16, 2003 – A series of suicide bombings in Casablanca killed 45 people and injured over 100 others.
May 18, 2003 – 2003 French Hill suicide bombings. 7 dead 20 injured.
May 19, 2003 – Afula mall bombing. 3 dead 70 injured.
June 11, 2003 – Davidka Square bus bombing. 17 dead ~100 injured.
August 5, 2003 – 2003 Marriott Hotel bombing in Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta, Indonesia; suicide bomber detonated a car bomb outside the JW Marriott Jakarta lobby, killing 12 and injuring 150.
August 19, 2003 – Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing. 24 dead 130+ injured.
August 25, 2003 – Twin car bombings killed 54, and injured 244 people in Mumbai.
September 9, 2003 – Tzrifin bus stop attack. 9 dead 15 injured.
September 9, 2003 – Café Hillel bombing. 7 dead 50+ injured.
October 4, 2003 – The Maxim restaurant suicide bombing was a suicide bombing in the beachfront “Maxim” restaurant in Haifa, Israel. 21 people were killed in the attack and 51 were injured. Among the victims were two families and four children, including a two-month-old baby.
November 8, 2003 – A suicide truck bomb detonated outside a housing compound in Laban Valley, west of Riyadh, killing 17 and wounding 122.
November 15–20, 2003 – 2003 Istanbul bombings, killed 57 people and wounded 700.
January 10, 2004 – 2004 Palopo cafe bombing An IED underneath a table, killing 4 and wounding 3.
January 14, 2004 – 2004 Erez Crossing bombing. killed 4 injured 10.
January 29, 2004 – Gaza Street bus bombing. killed 11 injured 50+.
February 6, 2004 – The February 2004 Moscow Metro bombing. 41 killed up to 120 injured.
February 22, 2004 – Liberty Bell Park bus bombing. killed 8 injured 60.
February 27, 2004 – The sinking of SuperFerry 14 by Abu Sayyaf terrorists results in the deaths of 116 people.
March 9, 2004 – March 9, 2004 attack on Istanbul restaurant Two Islamic militants open fire and detonate pipe bombs, killing one and wounding 5 others. One attacker was killed and the other was seriously injured.
March 11, 2004 – Madrid train bombings, killed 191 people and wounded 1,800.[26][27]
March 14, 2004 – 2004 Ashdod Port bombings. 10 dead 16 wounded.
April 21, 2004 – A car bomb explodes outside a building originally used by the Saudi police, killing 5 and wounding 148.
September 29, 2002 – A German national was killed by a car bomb in central Riyadh.[18][19][20]
May 1, 2004 – 2004 Yanbu attack At least four militants stormed the offices of Texas-based ABB Lummus in Yanbu’ al Bahr, Saudi Arabia, killing 7.
May 29–30, 2004 – 2004 Khobar massacre Four Al Qaeda-linked militants attacked two oil industry installations and a residential compound in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, killing 22 and injuring 25.
June 6, 2004 – BBC journalist Simon Cumbers and correspondent Frank Gardner were attacked by Al Qaeda sympathizers while filming an Al Qaeda safehouse in Al-Suwaidi, Riyadh. Cumbers was killed, while Gardner was seriously injured.
June 8, 2004 – An American employee of Vinnell Corp. was killed in Riyadh.[29][30][31][32]
June 13, 2004 – In Riyadh, American Paul Marshall Johnson was kidnapped at a fake police checkpoint. He was later beheaded on June 18.
July 28, 2004 – The 2004 Baqubah bombing on police volunteers killing 68 injuring dozens.
August 1, 2004 – The 2004 Iraq churches attacks killing at least 12 people and wounding 71+.
August 3, 2004 – An Irish national was shot and killed in Riyadh.[33]
August 21, 2004 – The 2004 Dhaka grenade attack was carried out by members of Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami against an anti-terrorism rally, killing 24 and injuring over 300.
August 31, 2004 – The August 2004 Moscow Metro bombing. 10 killed 50 injured.
August 31, 2004 – Beersheba bus bombings. 16 killed 100+ injured.
September 1, 2004 – Beslan school hostage crisis, approximately 344 civilians including 186 children killed.[34][35]
September 9, 2004 – 2004 Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta, Indonesia; suicide bomber exploded a one-ton car bomb, which was packed into a small Daihatsu delivery van, outside the Australian embassy at Kuningan District, South Jakarta killing 9 and injuring over 150.
September 15, 2004 – A British national working for the Marconi Company was shot to death in his car in Riyadh.[36]
October 7, 2004 – The 2004 Sinai bombings targeting tourist hotels in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula killed 34 and wounded 171.
November 2, 2004 – The murder of Theo van Gogh by Amsterdam-born jihadist Mohammed Bouyeri.[37]
November 13, 2004 – 2004 Poso bus bombing An IED targeting a bus travelling to the majority Christian village of Silancak kills 6 and wounds 3.
December 6, 2004 – Five militants attacked the American consulate in Jeddah, killing 9 and wounding about 10. Three attackers were killed by Saudi security forces, who wounded and arrested the other two.[38]
January 13, 2005 – Karni border crossing attack. 6 killed 4 injured.
February 14, 2005 – Assassination of Rafic Hariri The former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafic Hariri, was among 22 people killed when 1,000 kg of TNT exploded near his motorcade in Beirut.
February 25, 2005 – Stage Club bombing. 5 killed 50+ injured.
May 28, 2005 – The 2005 Tentena market bombings in Indonesia kill 22 and wound about 90.
July 5, 2005 – Attack on the Hindu Ram temple in Ayodhya, India. 6 dead.
July 7, 2005 – Multiple bombings in London Underground. 53 killed by four suicide bombers. Nearly 700 injured.
July 12, 2005 – 12 July 2005 HaSharon Mall suicide bombing. 5 killed 90+ injured.
July 23, 2005 – Bomb attacks at Sharm el-Sheikh, an Egyptian resort city, at least 64 people killed.
August 17, 2005 – The 2005 Bangladesh bombings, carried out by Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, kill 2 civilians and wound 50 others.
October 1, 2005 – 2005 Bali bombings in Jimbaran & Kuta, Bali, Indonesia; a series of bombings kills at least 20 and injures over 100.
October 26, 2005 – Hadera Market bombing. 7 killed 55 injured.
October 29, 2005 – 2005 Delhi bombings, India. Over 60 killed and over 180 injured in a series of three attacks in crowded markets and a bus.[39]
October 30, 2005 – Muslim militants on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi behead three Christian girls.
November 9, 2005 – 2005 Amman bombings. a series of coordinated suicide attacks on hotels in Amman, Jordan. Over 60 killed and 115 injured.[40][41] Four attackers including a husband and wife team were involved.[42]
December 5, 2005 – 5 December 2005 HaSharon Mall suicide bombing. 5 dead 40+ injured.
December 31, 2005 – A nail bomb explodes in a butcher’s shop frequented by Christians in Palu, Indonesia, killing 8 and wounding 53.
March 2, 2006 – A suicide car bomb exploded outside the Marriott Hotel, about 20 yards away from the U.S. consulate in Karachi. 4 killed and 30 injured.
March 7, 2006 – A series of bombings occurred across the Hindu holy city of Varanasi killing at least 28 people and injuring 101 others.
May 30, 2006 – Kedumim bombing. 4 dead.
April 17, 2006 – 2006 Tel Aviv shawarma restaurant bombing. 11 killed 70 injured.
April 24, 2006 – 2006 Dahab bombings. 23 killed ~80 injured.
April 30, 2006 – 2006 Doda massacre: Thirty-five Hindus killed by terrorists in Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir.
July 11, 2006 – 2006 Mumbai train bombings: Seven bomb blasts over a period of 11 minutes on the Suburban Railway in Mumbai. 209 killed and over 700 injured.[43]
September 15, 2006 – The September 15, 2006 Yemen attacks were two attempted bombings of oil facilities in Yemen. 5 dead (4 attackers).
January 29, 2007 – Eilat bakery bombing. 3 killed.
April 18, 2007 – The Zirve Publishing House massacre. Three employees of the Bible publishing house were attacked, tortured and murdered by five Muslim assailants.
May 13, 2007 – Jaipur bombings. 80 dead 216 injured.
June 30, 2007 – 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack, 5 injured.
July 10, 2007 — July 11, 2007 – 2007 Basilan beheading incident by Moro Islamic Liberation Front 14 dead 9 wounded.
August 14, 2007 – Qahtaniya bombings. Four suicide vehicle bombings in two predominantly Yazidi towns in northern Iraq. 796 killed, 1,562 wounded.[44]
February 4, 2008 – 2008 Dimona suicide bombing. 1 killed 9 injured.
July 26, 2008 – 2008 Ahmedabad bombings. 56 dead, over 200 injured.[45][46]
September 13, 2008 – Bombing series in Delhi, India. Pakistani extremist groups plant bombs at several places including India Gate, out of which the ones at Karol Bagh, Connaught Place and Greater Kailash explode leaving around 30 people dead and 130 injured, followed by another attack two weeks later at the congested Mehrauli area, leaving 3 people dead.
September 20, 2008 – Islamabad Marriott Hotel bombing: A dump truck filled with explosives detonated outside the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, killing at least 54, including 2 American servicemen.
September 27, 2008 – 27 September 2008 Delhi blast: An explosion in Mehrauli’s Electronic market called Sarai, killed 3 and injured 23 others.
October 2008 – January 2009 – 2008 attacks on Christians in Mosul. 40+ dead.
November 26, 2008 – Muslim extremists kill at least 166 people and wound numerous others in a series of coordinated attacks on India’s financial capital, Mumbai. The government of India blamed Pakistan based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and stated that the terrorists killed/caught were citizens of Pakistan, a claim which the Pakistani government first refused but then accepted when given proof. Ajmal Kasab, one of the terrorists, was caught alive.[47][48]
June 1, 2009 – 2009 Little Rock recruiting office shooting by Abdulhakim Muhajid Muhammad. 1 killed and 1 injured
June 18, 2009 – 2009 Beledweyne bombing by Al-Shabaab. 35 dead.
July 17, 2009 – 2009 Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels bombing in Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta, Indonesia; suicide bombers hit the Marriott and 5 minutes later the Ritz-Carlton. 9 killed and 53 injured
November 5, 2009 – Fort Hood shooting, at Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas. 13 dead, 33 injured.
January 7, 2010 – The Nag Hammadi massacre was a massacre of Coptic Christians carried out in the Egyptian city of Nag Hammadi. 11 killed 11 injured.
February 3, 2010 – February 2010 Lower Dir bombing. 8 dead 70 injured.
March 3, 2010 – The 2010 Baqubah bombings were a series of three bombings that killed at least 33 people and injured 55 others.
March 29, 2010 – Moscow Metro bombings. 40 dead, 102 injured. Caucasus Emirate claimed responsibility[49]
May 10, 2010 – The 10 May 2010 Iraq attacks were a series of bomb and shooting attacks that occurred in Iraq. 100+ dead 350+ injured.
May 28, 2010 – Attacks on Ahmadi Mosques Lahore, Pakistan. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed attacks on two mosques simultaneously belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, killing nearly 100 and injuring many others.[50]
July 11, 2010 – The July 2010 Kampala attacks were suicide bombings carried out against crowds watching a screening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final match. 74 dead 70 injured.
July 15, 2010 – The 2010 Zahedan bombings were two suicide bombings, that targeted Shia worshippers in Iran, including members of the Revolutionary Guards. 27+ dead 270+ injured.
August 17, 2010 – 17 August 2010 Baghdad bombings. 69+ dead 169 injured.
August 25, 2010 – 25 August 2010 Iraq bombings. 53+ dead 270+ injured.
October 31, 2010 – 2010 Baghdad church massacre. At least 51 dead 78 injured.
November 5, 2010 – 2010 Darra Adam Khel mosque bombing. At least 66 people, including children, were killed, 80 others were wounded.
December 7, 2010 – 2010 Varanasi bombing, India. 2 dead, 37 injured.
December 10, 2010 – 2010 Stockholm bombing, Sweden. killing the bomber and injuring two people.
January 1, 2011 – The 2011 Alexandria bombing. 23 dead 97 injured.
January 18–20, 2011 – The January 2011 Iraq suicide attacks. 137+ killed 230 injured.
January 21, 2011 – Domodedovo International Airport bombing. 37 killed, 173 wounded[51]
January 27, 2011 – 27 January 2011 Baghdad bombing killing 48 wounding 78.
February 12, 2011 – 2011 Samarra bombing. 48 dead 80 injured.
March 2, 2011 – 2011 Frankfurt Airport shooting, Frankfurt, Germany. 2 dead, 2 injured.
March 8, 2011 – 2011 Faisalabad bombing. 25+ dead 127+ injured.
March 29, 2011 – The 2011 Tikrit assault was an attack by the Islamic State of Iraq that took place in the city of Tikrit, Iraq. 65 dead 100 injured.
May 5, 2011 – 2011 Al Hillah bombing. 24 dead 72 injured.
May 7, 2011 – The 2011 Imbaba church attacks were a series of attacks against Coptic Christian churches. 15 dead 232 injured.
July 18, 2011 – 2011 Hotan attack, Hotan, China. A group of 18 young Uyghur men who opposed the local government’s campaign against the full-face Islamic veil perpetrated a series of coordinated bomb and knife attacks and occupied a police station on Nuerbage Street, killing two security guards and taking eight hostages. The attackers yelled religious slogans, including ones associated with Jihadism, 4 killed, 4 wounded.
July 30, 2011 – A series of knife and bomb attacks occurred in Kashgar, China. Uyghur men hijacked a truck, killed its driver and drove into a crowd of pedestrians. They then got out of the vehicle and attacked pedestrians with knives. On July 31, a chain of two explosions started a fire in a restaurant, 15 killed, 42 wounded.
September 7, 2011 – 2011 Delhi bombing took place in the Indian capital Delhi. 17 dead 76 injured.
September 4, 2011 – 2011 Mogadishu bombing. 100 dead 110+ injured.
October 7–13, 2011 – October 2011 Baghdad bombings. 64 dead 190 injured.
October 28, 2011 – A Wahhabi Islamist attacked the US embassy in Sarajevo with a firearm. He wounded a police officer before being shot and injured by police.[52]
December 22, 2011 – The 22 December 2011 Baghdad bombings were a series of coordinated attacks. 60+ dead. 160+ injured.
December 25, 2011 – Christmas Day bombings were bomb blasts and shootings at churches in Madalla, Jos, Gadaka, and Damaturu. Over 41 people are reported dead.[53]
December 28, 2011 - 15 Uyghur youths kidnap two goat shepherds en route to Pakistan for jihadist training. 8 dead 5 injured
January 5, 2012 – Iraqi bombings, Baghdad and Nasiriyah, Iraq by Islamic State of Iraq. 73 dead, 149 injured.
February 14, 2012 – A series of explosions occurred in Bangkok, Thailand, 5 wounded.
February 23, 2012 – Iraqi attacks, Baghdad, Iraq by Islamic State of Iraq. 83 dead, 250+ injured.
March 20, 2012 – Iraqi attacks, Baghdad and at least 9 other cities, Iraq. 52 dead, ~ 250 injured.
March 20, 2012 – Toulouse and Montauban shootings in France. 7 dead, 5 injured.
May 3, 2012 – Makhachkala attack. 14 dead, including 2 suicide bombers, 130 wounded[54]
May 21, 2012 – 2012 Sana'a bombing against Yemeni Army soldiers practicing for the annual Unity Day military parade. 101+ dead 220+ injured.
June 13, 2012 – The 13 June 2012 Iraq attacks were a series of simultaneous bombings and shootings occurred in Iraq. At least 93 people were killed and over 300 wounded.
June 29, 2012 - Tianjin Airlines Flight 7554 is diverted after an attempted hijacking which led to a fight with the 6 Uyghur men subsequently being restrained. 2 dead 14 injured
July 18, 2012 – 2012 Burgas bus bombing. 7 dead, including the suicide bomber and 32 injured at Burgas Airport, Burgas, Bulgaria.
July 23, 2012 – 23 July 2012 Iraq attacks. 116 dead 229 injured.
August 16, 2012 – 16 August 2012 Iraq attacks. 128 dead 417 injured.
September 9, 2012 – 9 September 2012 Iraq attacks. 108+ dead 371+ injured.
September 11, 2012 – 2012 Benghazi attack on the U.S. Consulate. 4 dead, 11 injured.
January 10, 2013 – January 2013 Pakistan bombings. 130 dead 270 injured.
January 16, 2013 – In Amenas hostage crisis. 67+ dead.
February 16, 2013 – February 2013 Quetta bombing. At least 110 people were killed and 200 injured after a bomb hidden in a water tank exploded at a market in Hazara Town.
February 21, 2013 – 2013 Hyderabad blasts, two bomb blasts killed 16 people and injured 119.
March 19, 2013 – 19 March 2013 Iraq attacks 98+ dead 240+ injured.
April 15, 2013 – Boston Marathon bombings. Two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnev, planted two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The blast killed 3 and injured 183 others.[55]
May 11, 2013 – Reyhanlı bombings, killed 52 people and wounded 140.
May 22, 2013 – Two men with cleavers kill British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.[56][57]
May 23, 2013 – Battle of Agadez and Arlit. Two coordinated attacks perpetrated by Islamists affiliates targeted the two Niger towns of Agadez and Arlit. 26 dead, 30+ wounded.
May 23, 2013 – 2013 La Défense attack. An Islamic extremist wielding a knife attacked and wounded a French soldier in the Paris suburb of La Défense. 1 wounded.
May 27, 2013 – 27 May 2013 Baghdad bombings. 71 dead 224 injured.
June 15, 2013 – June 2013 Quetta attacks by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. 26 dead 20+ injured.
June 22, 2013 – 2013 Nanga Parbat tourist shooting. 11 dead 2 injured.
July 7, 2013 – A series of ten bombs explode in and around the Mahabodhi Temple complex, in Bodh Gaya, India. 5 wounded.
September 13, 2013 – 2013 attack on U.S. consulate in Herat. 2 dead 20 injured.
September 21, 2013 – Westgate shopping mall attack, 67 killed, 175 wounded.[58][59][60]
September 22, 2013 – Peshawar church attack, 80–83 killed, 250 wounded.
September 29, 2013 – Gujba college massacre. 44 students killed by Boko Haram
October 28, 2013 – A 4x4 vehicle crashed into a crowd and burst into flames in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, 5 killed, 38 wounded.
December 5, 2013 – At the 2013 Sana'a attack at least 56 people died and 162 were wounded.
January 19, 2014 – 2014 Bannu bombing by Taliban. 26 dead 38 injured.
February 14, 2014 – Borno Massacre at least 200 killed by Boko Haram[61]
March 1, 2014 – A group of 8 individuals attacked civilians at Kunming Railway Station, 28 dead, 143 wounded.
April 14, 2014 – The April 2014 Abuja bombing by Boko Haram. 88+ dead 200+ injured.
April 30, 2014 – Two assailants attacked passengers and detonated explosives at the Ürümqi railway station, 3 dead, 79 wounded.
May 20, 2014 – Jos bombings at least 118 killed and over 56 injured[62]
May 22, 2014 – Two SUVs which carried 5 assailants were driven into a street market in Ürümqi and up to a dozen explosives were thrown at shoppers through the windows of the SUVs. The cars then crashed into shoppers and collided into each other and exploded, 39 dead, 90+ wounded.
May 24, 2014 – Jewish Museum of Belgium shooting. Gunman opened fire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels killing 4 people.
August 2014 – ISIL fighters massacred some 700 people, mostly men, of the Shu'aytat tribe in Deir ez-Zor Governorate.[63]
August 15, - 2014 Quetta Airbase attack, twelve militants dead.
September 23, 2014 – 2014 Endeavour Hills stabbings. Numan Haider, an Afghan Australian stabbed two counter terrorism officers in Melbourne, Australia. He was then shot dead.[64]
October 5, 2014 – 2014 Grozny bombing. 5 officers and the suicide bomber, were killed, while 12 others were wounded.[65]
October 20, 2014 – 2014 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu ramming attack. Lone attacker used his car to run over two Canadian soldiers. 1 killed, 1 injured
October 22, 2014 – 2014 shootings at Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Lone attacker shot a soldier at a war memorial and attacked Parliament. 1 killed, 3 injured.[66]
October 22, 2014 – A Hamas terrorist rammed his vehicle into a group of people waiting at a light rail station in Jerusalem. 2 killed 8 wounded.[67]
October 23, 2014 – Zale H. Thomson, also known as Zaim Farouq Abdul-Malik, attacked four New York policemen in the subway with a hatchet, severely injuring one in the back of the head and injuring another policeman in the arm before being shot to death by the remaining officers, who also shot a civilian.[68]
November 5, 2014 – In the November 2014 Jerusalem vehicular attack a Hamas operative deliberately drove a van at high speed into a crowd of people. 4 killed 13 wounded.
November 10, 2014 – An Israeli IDF soldier was stabbed to death by a Lone wolf jihadist.[69]
November 14, 2014 – 2014 Jerusalem synagogue attack 5 dead. 7 injured.
November 28, 2014 – Kano bombing. Around 120 people were killed and another 260 injured.[70][71][72][73]
December 1, 2014 – A burqa-clad woman stabs a 47-year-old American teacher to death in a mall restroom in Abu Dhabi. She later plants a bomb outside the home of an Egyptian-American doctor, which was safely dismantled.[74]
December 4, 2014 – 2014 Grozny clashes. 26 total dead, including 14 policemen, 11 Jihadist from Caucasus Emirate, 1 civilian[75]
December 9, 2014 – In the 2014 Bukidnon bus bombing 11 people died and 43 were injured.
December 15–16, 2014 – 2014 Sydney hostage crisis. A lone gunman, Man Haron Monis, held hostage ten customers and eight employees of a Lindt chocolate café at Martin Place in Sydney. Police treated the event as a terrorist attack at the time. It was however designated as a terrorist attack by the state government but Monis’ motives have subsequently been debated. 3 dead 4 injured.
December 16, 2014 – 2014 Peshawar school attack. Over 140 people dead, including at least 132 children.[76]
December 16, 2014 – 2014 Rada’ bombings. Two suicide car bombers rammed their vehicles into a Shiite rebels’ checkpoint killing 26, including 16 students.[77]
December 18, 2014 – 2014 Gumsuri kidnappings. Boko Haram insurgents killed 32 men and kidnapped at least 185 women and children.[78]
December 18, 2014 – Mass grave of 230 Tribesmen killed by ISIL found in Eastern Syria.[79]
December 20, 2014 – 2014 Joué-lès-Tours stabbings. A man yelling Allahu Akbar attacked a police office with a knife. He was killed, 3 police officers were injured[80]
December 21, 2014 – 2014 Dijon attack. A man yelling Allahu Akbar ran over 11 pedestrians with his vehicle. 11 injured
December 22, 2014 – Boko Haram insurgents bombed a bus station in the city of Gombe, killing at least twenty people.[81]
December 2014 – ISIL militants execute 150 women Iraqi province of Al-Anbar, some of whom were pregnant at the time, who refuse to marry their fighters.[82]
December 24, 2014 – A suicide bomber killed 33 people and wounded 55 others in Madaen, about 25 km (15 miles) south of Baghdad.[83]
December 25, 2014 – Al-Shabaab attack in Mogadishu leaves 9 dead.[84]
December 28, 2014 – Boko Haram attacks village in Cameroon leaving 30 dead.[85]
January 5, 2015 – A car packed with explosives drove up to the headquarters of EUPOL Afghanistan, a European police-training organization, in Kabul and detonated. Taliban claimed responsibility. 1 killed 16 wounded.[86]
January 6, 2015 – Two suicide bombers attacked a mosque in the town of Al-Jubba while Iraqi soldiers were resting, killing 10 soldiers plus the two attackers. Clashes following the bombings left 13 security personnel dead and 21 wounded.[87]
January 7–9, 2015 – A series of 5 attacks in and around Paris kill 17 people, plus 3 attackers, and leave 22 other people injured.
January 8, 2015 – 2015 Baga massacre. Boko Haram attacks town of Baga in northern Nigeria killing at least 200 people. Another 2000 are unaccounted for.[88]
January 10, 2015 – In the 2015 Jabal Mohsen suicide attacks 9 people died and 30+ were wounded.
January 29, 2015 – January 2015 Sinai attacks. 44 killed, several wounded.
January 30, 2015 – Suicide bomber killed at least 55, injuring at least 59 in a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan.[89]
February 13, 2015 – Heavily armed militants killed at least 19 people and wounded more than 40 after they stormed into a Shiite mosque during Friday Prayer in a suburb of Peshawar.[90]
February 14–15, 2015 – 2015 Copenhagen attacks. A gunman opened fire at the Krudttoenden café and later at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen, killing two civilians and injuring five others.[91]
March 7, 2015 – Five suicide bomb blasts leave 58 dead and 143 wounded in the 2015 Maiduguri suicide bombing.
March 15, 2015 – Suicide bombers kill at least 15 people in attacks on two churches in Lahore.[92]
March 18, 2015 – Bardo National Museum attack. Militants linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack the Bardo National Museum with guns, killing 21 people and injuring around 50.[93]
March 20, 2015 – 2015 Sana'a mosque bombings. 135 killed in bombings on several mosques by ISIL.[94]
March 25, 2015 – ISIL affiliates, The Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries in Libya carried out suicide bombings in the city of Benghazi. Twelve were killed and 25 wounded. Five additional dead during attacks with a local militia.[95]
March 27, 2015 – Makka al-Mukarama hotel attack. 20+ dead 28 wounded.
April 2, 2015 – 148 killed in Al-Shabaab’s Garissa University College attack.[96]
April 8, 2015 – In the city of Riyadh two policemen are shot dead. ISIL is blamed to be behind the attack.[97][98]
April 14, 2015 – Militants of Al-Shabaab attack a government building in Mogadishu in the 2015 Ministry of Higher Education attack. 17 dead 15 wounded.
April 17, 2015 – A series of bombings by the ISIL occurred through Baghdad. 40+ killed 59+ injured.[99]
April 17, 2015 – A car bomb exploded at the entrance of the US consulate in Erbil, Iraq. ISIL took credit for the attack. 3 killed 5 wounded.[100]
April 18, 2015 – A suicide bomb detonated in front of a bank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. ISIL claims responsibility. 33 killed 100+ injured.[101]
April 19, 2015 – A 32-year Frenchwoman is murdered by a gunman whose plot to attack a church is foiled shortly after.[102]
April 20, 2015 – A minivan of UN workers was bombed by Al-Shabaab in the Puntland region of Somalia. 9 dead 4 injured.[103]
April 27, 2015 – At the Zvornik police station terrorist attack in the city of Zvornik, Republika Srpska, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, an armed member of a wahhabist movement opened fire on the police. In the shooting, a police officer was killed, two others were injured, and the attacker was killed by police.[104]
May 3, 2015 – Two car bombs were detonated ten minutes apart in Baghdad, Iraq. Nineteen were killed and an unknown number wounded. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.[105]
May 3, 2015 – Two gunmen attacked the Curtis Culwell Center during a ‘Draw Muhammad’ cartoon art exhibit in Garland, Texas . 2 dead (perpetrators) 1 injured.[106][107][108][109][110]
May 3, 2015 – Taliban militants overran checkpoints in Warduj, killing 17 policemen.[111]
May 4, 2015 – A government bus was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul, killing one person and injuring 15 others.[112]
May 10, 2015 – Two car bombs were detonated ten minutes apart in Baghdad, Iraq and surrounding towns of Taji and Tarmiyah. ISIS claims responsibility. 14 were killed and wounding 30.[113]
May 10, 2015 – A bus carrying Afghan government employees was attacked in Kabul by a suicide bomber, killing 3 people and injuring 10. Taliban claimed responsibility.[114]
May 13, 2015 – A bus carrying Shia Muslims was attacked by six armed gunman who rode up in motorcycles. Several Islamist groups claim responsibility. 45 dead 13 injured.[115]
May 14, 2015 – A hotel that was hosting a cultural event was attacked by Taliban fighters in Kabul leaving 14 dead including an American, an Italian, and 4 Indians.[116]
May 17, 2015 – A Taliban suicide attack near the entrance of Hamid Karzai International Airport targeting a European police training vehicle. 3 dead 18 injured.[117]
May 19, 2015 – A suicide car bombing detonated in the parking lot of a Justice Ministry building in the diplomatic section of Kabul, killing 4 people wounding 42.[118]
May 21, 2015 – A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a military checkpoint outside of Misrata killing himself and two guards.[119]
May 22, 2015 – A suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque during prayer in the al-Qadeeh village. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. 21 dead +90 injured.[120]
May 25, 2015 – Taliban militants killed 19 policemen and six soldiers during a siege at a police compound in Nawzad District of Afghanistan.[121]
May 26, 2015 – Al-Shabaab militants attacked two police patrols which turned into a gun battle north of Garissa, 5 police officers were injured but they were able to kill both of the attackers.[122]
May 28, 2015 – Two car bombs were set off minutes apart targeting the Cristal Grand Ishtar Hotel and the Babylon. 10 killed and 30 wounded.[123]
May 29, 2015 – A suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque in Dammam detonating the bomb in the parking lot. 4killed, unknown injured.[124]
June 1, 2015 – Three suicide bombers in humvees attacked an Iraqi police station in the Tharthar region in Northern Anbar Province. 41 dead, 63 wounded.[125]
June 13, 2015 – Four suicide SUV car bombs went off in an Iraqi police station in the Hajjaj near Tikrit and Baiji. 11 dead, 27 injured.[126]
June 26, 2015 – Saint-Quentin-Fallavier attack – Beheading in a factory near Lyon, head marked with Arabic writing and Islamist flags. Gas canisters planted provoked a fire. 1 dead, 11 injured.[127]
June 26, 2015 – 2015 Kuwait mosque bombing – 27 people killed in explosion at Shia Imam Sadiq mosque in Kuwait City, medical sources tell Al Jazeera. Claimed by ISIS
June 26, 2015 – 2015 Sousse attack – Attack in Tunisia against two tourist hotels, over 28 people died.
June 26, 2015 – Battle of Leego (2015) Attack on AMISOM base in Somalia with a car bomb, assault rifles and RPGs, causing over 30 military deaths.
June 29, 2015 – 2015 Shuvat Rachel shooting shooting attack on civilian car, 1 death.
July 20, 2015 – 2015 Suruç bombing Suicide bombing killed 33 people and injured 104 in Kurdish majority city of Suruç. ISIL claims responsibility.[128]
August 13, 2015 – 2015 Baghdad market truck bombing A truck bomb in a Baghdad market killed more than 70 and injures 200.[129]
August 21, 2015 – 2015 Thalys train attack Shooting and stabbing in train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris injures 5. The incident is believed by French police to be an Islamist terrorist attack.[130]
September 17, 2015 – Two suicide bombings in Baghdad killed 10 and injured 55. ISIL claims responsibility.[131]
September 17, 2015 – An Islamist of Iraqi descent attacked and injured a police officer with a knife in Berlin. 1 injured, 1 dead (perpetrator).[132]
September 24, 2015 – A bomb attack on a Shia mosque in Sana'a killed 25 and injured dozens more during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Claimed by ISIL.[133]
September 29, 2015 – Three men on a motorbike shot and killed an Italian aid worker. The attack has been claimed by ISIL.[134]
October 1, 2015 – Multiple suicide bombings by Boko Haram in North-East Nigeria killed 14 people (including the bombers) and injured 39.[135]
October 1, 2015 – Gunmen opened fire on a car near Nablus on the northern West Bank, killing a man and woman. 4 of their 6 children were also in the car and witnessed the attack, but were uninjured. The attackers have been praised by Hamas.[136][137]
October 2, 2015 – 2015 Parramatta shooting. A NSW Police Force civilian employee was shot dead outside NSW Police Force headquarters on Charles Street, Parramatta, Sydney by a 15-year old lone gunman. The gunman then engaged with NSW Police Special Constables in a shootout before being killed, 2 dead.[138]
October 3, 2015 – A Japanese man was shot and killed in a similar fashion to an Italian aid worker killed 4 days earlier. The attack has been claimed by ISIL.[139]
October 3, 2015 – In Baghdad, two suicide bombings in Shiite majority neighbourhoods kill at least 18 people and injure 61. Attack claimed by ISIL.[140]
October 5, 2015 – Two suicide bombings in Kabul targeted an Afghan intelligence centre. 3 people were injured in the attack, claimed by the Taliban.[141][142]
October 7, 2015 – Militants of Al-Shabaab ambushed and killed the nephew of Somalia’s president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. 2 dead.[143]
October 10, 2015 - In the 2015 Ankara bombings at least 95 people were killed and 245 injured. According to two high ranked sources in the Turkish security forces ISIL is most likely responsible.[144][145]
October 10, 2015 – Multiple suicide bombings in Chad killed 33 people and injured 51. The attack is believed to be the work of Boko Haram.[146]
October 11, 2015 – A bomb attack in Kabul, targeting a British military convoy injured 7 Afghan civilians. The attack has been claimed by the Taliban.[147]
October 22, 2015 – 20 people were killed in the northeast state of Borno, Nigeria in a Boko Haram attack.[148]
October 31, 2015 - Bomb on board a Russian jet brings it down in Sinai, bound for St Petersburg, killing 224 people. [149]
November 12, 2015 - Twin suicide bombings kill 42 people in the capital city of Beirut. [150]
November 13, 2015 A series of 7 attacks kill 153 people in the capital city of Paris. [151]

If that doesn’t convince you…


ICM Poll: 20% of British Muslims sympathize with 7/7 bombers

NOP Research: 1 in 4 British Muslims say 7/7 bombings were justified

People-Press: 31% of Turks support suicide attacks against Westerners in Iraq.

YNet: One third of Palestinians (32%) supported the slaughter of a Jewish family, including the children:,7340,L-4053251,00.html

World Public Opinion: 61% of Egyptians approve of attacks on Americans
32% of Indonesians approve of attacks on Americans
41% of Pakistanis approve of attacks on Americans
38% of Moroccans approve of attacks on Americans
83% of Palestinians approve of some or most groups that attack Americans (only 14% oppose)
62% of Jordanians approve of some or most groups that attack Americans (21% oppose)
42% of Turks approve of some or most groups that attack Americans (45% oppose)
A minority of Muslims disagreed entirely with terror attacks on Americans:
(Egypt 34%; Indonesia 45%; Pakistan 33%)
About half of those opposed to attacking Americans were sympathetic with al-Qaeda’s attitude toward the U.S.

Pew Research (2010): 55% of Jordanians have a positive view of Hezbollah
30% of Egyptians have a positive view of Hezbollah
45% of Nigerian Muslims have a positive view of Hezbollah (26% negative)
43% of Indonesians have a positive view of Hezbollah (30% negative)

Pew Research (2010): 60% of Jordanians have a positive view of Hamas (34% negative).
49% of Egyptians have a positive view of Hamas (48% negative)
49% of Nigerian Muslims have a positive view of Hamas (25% negative)
39% of Indonesians have a positive view of Hamas (33% negative)

Pew Research (2010): 15% of Indonesians believe suicide bombings are often or sometimes justified.
34% of Nigerian Muslims believe suicide bombings are often or sometimes justified.

16% of young Muslims in Belgium state terrorism is “acceptable”.

Populus Poll (2006): 12% of young Muslims in Britain (and 12% overall) believe that suicide attacks against civilians in Britain can be justified. 1 in 4 support suicide attacks against British troops.

Pew Research (2007): 26% of younger Muslims in America believe suicide bombings are justified.
35% of young Muslims in Britain believe suicide bombings are justified (24% overall).
42% of young Muslims in France believe suicide bombings are justified (35% overall).
22% of young Muslims in Germany believe suicide bombings are justified.(13% overall).
29% of young Muslims in Spain believe suicide bombings are justified.(25% overall).

Pew Research (2011): 8% of Muslims in America believe suicide bombings are often or sometimes justified (81% never).
28% of Egyptian Muslims believe suicide bombings are often or sometimes justified (38% never).

Pew Research (2007): Muslim-Americans who identify more strongly with their religion are three times more likely to feel that suicide bombings are justified

ICM: 5% of Muslims in Britain tell pollsters they would not report a planned Islamic terror attack to authorities.
27% do not support the deportation of Islamic extremists preaching violence and hate.

Federation of Student Islamic Societies: About 1 in 5 Muslim students in Britain (18%) would not report a fellow Muslim planning a terror attack.

ICM Poll: 25% of British Muslims disagree that a Muslim has an obligation to report terrorists to police.

Populus Poll (2006): 16% of British Muslims believe suicide attacks against Israelis are justified.
37% believe Jews in Britain are a “legitimate target”.

Pew Research (2013): At least 1 in 4 Muslims do not reject violence against civilians (study did not distinguish between those who believe it is partially justified and never justified).

Pew Research (2013): 15% of Muslims in Turkey support suicide bombings (also 11% in Kosovo, 26% in Malaysia and 26% in Bangladesh).

See also: for further statistics on Islamic terror.

al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden

Pew Research (2007): 5% of American Muslims have a favorable view of al-Qaeda (27% can’t make up their minds). Only 58% reject al-Qaeda outright.

Pew Research (2011): 5% of American Muslims have a favorable view of al-Qaeda (14% can’t make up their minds).

Pew Research (2011): 1 in 10 native-born Muslim-Americans have a favorable view of al-Qaeda.

al-Jazeera (2006): 49.9% of Muslims polled support Osama bin Laden

Pew Research: 59% of Indonesians support Osama bin Laden in 2003
41% of Indonesians support Osama bin Laden in 2007
56% of Jordanians support Osama bin Laden in 2003

Pew Global: 51% of Palestinians support Osama bin Laden
54% of Muslim Nigerians Support Osama bin Laden

MacDonald Laurier Institute: 35% of Canadian Muslims would not repudiate al-Qaeda

World Public Opinion: Muslim majorities agree with the al-Qaeda goal of Islamic law.
Muslim majorities agree with al-Qaeda goal of keeping Western values out of Islamic countries;
(Egypt: 88%; Indonesia 76%; Pakistan 60%; Morocco 64%)

ICM Poll: 13% of Muslim in Britain support al-Qaeda attacks on America.

World Public Opinion: Attitude toward Osama bin Laden:
Egypt: 44% positive, 17% negative, and 25% mixed feelings
Indonesia: 14% positive, 26% negative, 21% mixed feelings (39% did not answer)
Pakistan: 25% positive, 15% negative, 26% mixed feelings (34% did not answer)
Morocco: 27% positive, 21% negative, 26% mixed feelings
Jordanians, Palestinians, Turks and Azerbaijanis. Jordanians combined for: 27% positive, 20 percent negative, and 27 percent mixed feelings. (Palestinians 56% positive, 20% negative, 22 percent mixed feelings).

Pew Research (2010): 49% of Nigerian Muslims have favorable view of al-Qaeda (34% unfavorable)
23% of Indonesians have favorable view of al-Qaeda (56% unfavorable)
34% of Jordanians have favorable view of al-Qaeda
25% of Indonesians have “confidence” in Osama bin Laden (59% had confidence in 2003)
1 in 5 Egyptians have “confidence” in Osama bin Laden

Pew Research (2011): 22% of Indonesians have a favorable view of al-Qaeda (21% unfavorable)

Gallup: 51% of Pakistanis grieve Osama bin Laden (only 11% happy over death)
44% of Pakistanis viewed Osama bin Laden as a martyr (only 28% as an oulaw)

Zogby International 2011: “Majorities in all six countries said they viewed the United States less favorably following the killing of the Al-Qaeda head [Osama bin Laden] in Pakistan”

Populus Survey: 18% of British Muslims would be proud or indifferent if a family member joined al-Qaeda.

Policy Exchange (2006): 7% Muslims in Britain admire al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

9/11 Attacks

al-Arabiya: 36% of Arabs polled said the 9/11 attacks were morally justified; 38% disagreed; 26% Unsure

Gallup: 38.6% of Muslims believe 9/11 attacks were justified (7% “fully”, 6.5% “mostly”, 23.1% “partially”)

Pew Research (2011): Large majorities of Muslims believe in 9/11 conspiracy

Violence in Defense of Islam

40% of Indonesians approve of violence in defense of Islam.

Pew Global: 68% of Palestinian Muslims say suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified.
43% of Nigerian Muslims say suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified.
38% of Lebanese Muslims say suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified.
15% of Egyptian Muslims say suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified.
13% of Indonesian Muslims say suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified.
12% of Jordanian Muslims say suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified.
7% of Muslim Israelis say suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified. (Pew Global Attitudes Project September, 2009)

Center for Social Cohesion: One Third of British Muslim students support killing for Islam

Policy Exchange: One third of British Muslims believe anyone who leaves Islam should be killed

NOP Research: 78% of British Muslims support punishing the publishers of Muhammad cartoons;

NOP Research: Hardcore Islamists comprise 9% of Britain’s Muslim population;
Another 29% would “aggressively defend” Islam;

Pew Research (2010): 84% of Egyptian Muslims support the death penalty for leaving Islam
86% of Jordanian Muslims support the death penalty for leaving Islam
30% of Indonesian Muslims support the death penalty for leaving Islam
76% of Pakistanis support death the penalty for leaving Islam
51% of Nigerian Muslims support the death penalty for leaving Islam

ICM Poll: 11% of British Muslims find violence for religious or political ends acceptable.

Terrorism Research Institute Study: 51% of mosques in the U.S. have texts on site rated as severely advocating violence; 30% have texts rated as moderately advocating violence; and 19% have no violent texts at all.

Pew Research (2013): 76% of South Asian Muslims and 56% of Egyptians advocate killing anyone who leaves the Islamic religion.

Pew Research (2013): 19% of Muslim Americans believe suicide bombings in defense of Islam are at least partially justified (global average is 28% in countries surveyed).

Pew Research (2013): 39% of Muslims in Malaysia say suicide bombings “justified” in defense of Islam (only 58% say ‘never’).

Die Presse (2013): 1 in 5 Muslims in Austria believe that anyone wanting to leave Islam should be killed.

Sharia (Islamic Law)

83% of Pakistanis support stoning adulterers
78% of Pakistanis support killing apostates

Center for Social Cohesion: 40% of British Muslim students want Sharia

ICM Poll: 40% of British Muslims want Sharia in the UK

GfK NOP: 28% of British Muslims want Britain to be an Islamic state

NOP Research: 68% of British Muslims support the arrest and prosecution of anyone who insults Islam;

MacDonald Laurier Institute: 62% of Muslims want Sharia in Canada (15% say make it mandatory)

World Public Opinion: 81% of Egyptians want strict Sharia imposed in every Islamic country
76% of Pakistanis want strict Sharia imposed in every Islamic country
49% (plurality) of Indonesians want strict Sharia imposed in every Islamic country
76% of Moroccans want strict Sharia imposed in every Islamic country

World Public Opinion: 64% of Egyptians said it was “very important for the government” to “apply traditional punishments for crimes such as stoning adulterers.”

Pew Research (2010): 77% of Egyptian Muslims favor floggings and amputation
58% of Jordanian Muslims favor floggings and amputation
36% of Indonesian Muslims favor floggings and amputation
82% of Pakistanis favor floggings and amputation
65% of Nigerian Muslims favor floggings and amputation

Pew Research (2010): 82% of Egyptian Muslims favor stoning adulterers
70% of Jordanian Muslims favor stoning adulterers
42% of Indonesian Muslims favor stoning adulterers
82% of Pakistanis favor stoning adulterers
56% of Nigerian Muslims favor stoning adulterers

Pew Research (2013): 72% of Indonesians want Sharia to be law of the land

Pew Research (2013): 81% of South Asian Muslims and 57% of Egyptians suport amputating limbs for theft.

Pew Research (2013): According to an interpretation of this study, approximately 45% of Sharia supporters surveyed disagreed with the idea that Islamic law should apply only to Muslims.

Economist (Pew 2013): 74% who favor Islamic law in Egypt say it should apply to non-Muslims as well.

WZB Berlin Social Science Center: 65% of Muslims in Europe say Sharia is more important than the law of the country they live in.

Honor Killings

Turkish Ministry of Education: 1 in 4 Turks Support Honor Killings

Civitas: 1 in 3 Muslims in the UK strongly agree that a wife should be forced to obey her husband’s bidding

BBC Poll: 1 in 10 British Muslims support killing a family member over “dishonor”.

Middle East Quarterly: 91 percent of honor killings are committed by Muslims worldwide.

95% of honor killings in the West are perpetrated by Muslim fathers and brothers or their proxies.

A survey of Muslim women in Paris suburbs found that three-quarters of them wear their masks out of fear - including fear of violence.

Two-thirds of young British Muslims agree that ‘honor’ violence is acceptable.

Pew Research (2013): Large majorities of Muslims favor Sharia. Among those who do, stoning women for adultery is favored by 89% in Pakistanis, 85% in Afghanistan, 81% in Egypt, 67% in Jordan, ~50% in ‘moderate’ Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, 58% in Iraq, 44% in Tunisia, 29% in Turkey, and 26% in Russia.

Pew Research (2013): Honor killing the woman for sex outside of marriage is favored over honor killing the man in almost every Islamic country. Over half of Muslims surveyed believed that honor killings over sex were at least partially justified.

(2013) Jordanian teens support honor killing.


Muslims have highest claimed disability rates in the UK (24% of men, 21% of women)

2011: 16% of UK prisoners in 2010 are Muslim (Muslims comprise about 3% of the total population)

Pakistani Muslims in the UK are three times more likely to be unemployed than Hindus. Indian Muslims are twice as likely to be unemployed as Indian Hindus.

Policy Exchange: 1 in 4 Muslims in the UK have never heard of the Holocaust;
Only 34% of British Muslims believe the Holocaust ever happened.

Policy Exchange: 51% of British Muslims believe a woman cannot marry a non-Muslim
Only 51% believe a Muslim woman may marry without a guardian’s consent

Policy Exchange: Up to 52% of British Muslims believe a Muslim man is entitled to up to four wives

Policy Exchange: 61% of British Muslims want homosexuality punished

NOP Research: 62% of British Muslims do not believe in the protection of free speech;
Only 3% adopt a “consistently pro-freedom of speech line”

ICM Poll: 58% of British Muslims believe insulting Islam should result in criminal prosecution

Pew Global (2006): Only 7% of British Muslims think of themselves as British first (81% say ‘Muslim’ rather than ‘Briton’)

Policy Exchange (2006): 31% Muslims in Britain identify more with Muslims in other countries than with non-Muslim Brits.

Die Welt (2012): 46% of Muslims in Germany hope there will eventually be more Muslims than Christians in Germany.

Ipsos MORI: Muslims are 3 times as likely as Christians to believe that their religion is the only way.

Pew Research (2011): Muslim-Americans four times more likely to say that women should not work outside the home.

Pew Research (2007): 26% of Muslim-Americans want to be distinct (43% support assimilation)

Pew Research (2011): 20% of Muslim-Americans want to be distinct (56% support assimilation)

Pew Research (2011): 49% of Muslim-Americans say they are “Muslim first” (26% American first)

Pew Research (2011): 21% of Muslim-Americans say there is a fair to great amount of support for Islamic extremism in their community.

ICM Poll: 11% of British Muslims find violence for political ends acceptable

Wenzel Strategies (2012): 58% of Muslim-Americans believe criticism of Islam or Muhammad is not protected free speech under the First Amendment.
45% believe mockers of Islam should face criminal charges (38% said they should not).
12% of Muslim-Americans believe blaspheming Islam should be punishable by death.
43% of Muslim-Americans believe people of other faiths have no right to evangelize Muslims.
32% of Muslims in America believe that Sharia should be the supreme law of the land.

Pew Research (2013): “At least half’ of Muslims surveyed believed polygamy is morally acceptable.
“Muslims in most countries surveyed say that a wife should always obey her husband.” (including 93% in Indonesia and 65% in Turkey).
Only 32% of Muslims in Indonesia say a woman should have the right to divorce her husband (22% in Egypt, 26% in Pakistan and 60% in Russia).

Die Presse (2013): 1 in 3 Muslims in Austria say it is not possible to be a European and a Muslim. 22% oppose democracy

WZB Berlin Social Science Center: 45% of Muslims in Europe say Jews cannot be trusted.

Hopefully this will be of help to you! 


This is the story of Kate E Howrad, a young woman whose impossible dream is to become a tap dancer. Kate’s dream is a creative one and since hitRECord is a community of artists, it really came as no surprise that a lot of other people on the site could really relate to her dream in some way. I, along with everyone else on the site, really wanted to see her dream of becoming a tap dancer come true. And when other people came together to support her, something really special happened.

This “Impossible Dream" collaboration was inspired by a movie I’m in called “The Walk,” coming to theaters on September 30th. It’s a true story about Philippe Petit. His impossible dream was to hang a high wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center and walk across it. And, in 1974, with the help of his co-conspirators, he achieved this dream.

Philippe Petit couldn’t have fulfilled his dream all by himself, and as you’ll see in our three “Impossible Dream" short films, the support and encouragement of other people can help to make the impossible possible.

Thanks again <3


This drawing, to the best of my abilities, is intended to depict the passengers of United 93 ripping the cockpit door open and their final destination in a Pennsylvania field.

On September 11th, 2001, 37 people boarded flight United 93 to San Francisco.

None of these passengers had anything in common beyond their flight destination. They were parents, sons, and daughters. There was a Senior Vice President of a company and a retired Special Education teacher. They were Americans just going through their day.

But this was not a typical day.

Hidden among them were four hijackers, wolves hidden in sheep’s clothing. Not far into the flight these terrorists leaped from their seats and seized control of the plane and herded the terrified passengers to the rear. Slowly, the passengers began to reach out to their families and started to make contact with the outside world. They soon discovered that their situation was not unique. Terrorists had also taken over three other flights.

One by one the other three planes slammed into their targets. Two ripped through the World Trade Centers in New York. One plowed into the Pentagon, the central hub of most powerful military force in the world. Through the phone calls they made, the passengers realized that their new pilots had no intentions of a soft landing.

America lost firefighters, police, and medical responders on 9/11. Like the men and women of our armed forces, these people signed up knowing that they were putting their lives on the line. Our armed forces train to kill or be killed. Firefighters practice storming towering infernos. Police learn to deal with violent threats on a daily basis. Medical responders are taught to deal with carnage and chaos. The passengers of United 93 had none of this training.

Death had come for them, and they were entirely unprepared to face him.

But these passengers would not wait for their fates.

They revolted.

The 33 passengers rose up and flung themselves forward. The hijackers realized what was happening and rolled the plane left and right in attempts to stop the passengers. The hijackers only succeeded in delaying the inevitable. The cockpit recorder picked up sounds of crashing and screaming. A passenger was heard yelling “In the cockpit. If we don’t, we’ll die!” It is believed the passengers used the food cart as a battering ram to breach the cockpit door. The voices of the passengers grew louder and clearer, indicating that they had managed to force the door ajar.

With the passengers prying the door open and mere feet from tearing control of the plane back from the terrorists, the hijackers knew they would not make it to their final destination. The hijackers rolled the plane over and brought it down in a Pennsylvania field.

We will never know the true intended target, nor how many lives the passengers of United 93 saved. But we know their actions saved the lives of countless fellow Americans.

Death may have come for the passengers of United 93, but death didn’t expect a fight.