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How terrorism has changed and stayed the same over time

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    Terrorism has changed in the amount of acts of terrorist acts. In the 1980's had the least amount of total act's of terrorism at 12, the 1990's had 28, and the 2000's had 71. It stayed the same in the methods that these acts were committed; suicide bombers, hostages, bombs in general, shooting, and hijacking. Throughout the years, terrorists also kept attacking important areas and or groups of people.
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    Lebanon Hostage Crisis

    Thirty US and other Western hostages kidnapped in Lebanon by Hezbollah. Some were killed, some died in captivity, and some were eventually released. Terry Anderson was held for 2,454 days.
  • April 18, Beirut, Lebanon

    U.S. embassy destroyed in suicide car-bomb attack; 63 dead, including 17 Americans. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
  • Oct. 23, Beirut, Lebanon

    Oct. 23, Beirut, Lebanon
    Shiite suicide bombers exploded truck near U.S. military barracks at Beirut airport, killing 241 marines. Minutes later a second bomb killed 58 French paratroopers in their barracks in West Beirut.
  • Dec. 3, Beirut, Lebanon

    Kuwait Airways Flight 221, from Kuwait to Pakistan, hijacked and diverted to Tehran. 2 Americans killed.
  • Sept. 20, east Beirut, Lebanon

    Truck bomb exploded outside the U.S. embassy annex, killing 24, including 2 U.S. military.
  • Dec. 12, Kuwait City, Kuwait

    Shiite truck bombers attacked the U.S. embassy and other targets, killing 5 and injuring 80.
  • April 12, Madrid, Spain

    Bombing at restaurant frequented by U.S. soldiers, killed 18 Spaniards and injured 82.
  • June 14, Beirut, Lebanon

    TWA Flight 847 en route from Athens to Rome hijacked to Beirut by Hezbollah terrorists and held for 17 days. A U.S. Navy diver executed.
  • Oct. 7, Mediterranean Sea

    Oct. 7, Mediterranean Sea
    Gunmen attack Italian cruise ship, Achille Lauro. One U.S. tourist killed. Hijacking linked to Libya.
  • Dec. 18, Rome, Italy, and Vienna, Austria

    Airports in Rome and Vienna were bombed, killing 20 people, 5 of whom were Americans. Bombing linked to Libya.
  • April 2, Athens, Greece

    A bomb exploded aboard TWA flight 840 en route from Rome to Athens, killing 4 Americans and injuring 9.
  • April 5, West Berlin, Germany

    Libyans bombed a disco frequented by U.S. servicemen, killing 2 and injuring hundreds.
  • Feb. 26, New York City

    Bomb exploded in basement garage of World Trade Center, killing 6 and injuring at least 1,040 others. In 1995, militant Islamist Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and 9 others were convicted of conspiracy charges, and in 1998, Ramzi Yousef, believed to have been the mastermind, was convicted of the bombing. Al-Qaeda involvement is suspected.
  • April 19, Oklahoma City

    Car bomb exploded outside federal office building, collapsing wall and floors. 168 people were killed, including 19 children and 1 person who died in rescue effort. Over 220 buildings sustained damage. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols later convicted in the antigovernment plot to avenge the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Tex., exactly 2 years earlier.
  • Nov. 13, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Car bomb exploded at U.S. military headquarters, killing 5 U.S. military servicemen.
  • Aug. 7, Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    Truck bombs exploded almost simultaneously near 2 U.S. embassies, killing 224 (213 in Kenya and 11 in Tanzania) and injuring about 4,500. 4 men connected with al-Qaeda 2 of whom had received training at al-Qaeda camps inside Afghanistan, were convicted of the killings in May 2001 and later sentenced to life in prison. A federal grand jury had indicted 22 men in connection with the attacks, including Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden, who remained at large.
  • Oct. 12, Aden, Yemen

    U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole heavily damaged when a small boat loaded with explosives blew up alongside it. 17 sailors killed. Linked to Osama bin Laden, or members of al-Qaeda terrorist network.
  • Sept. 11, New York City, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville, Pa.

    Sept. 11, New York City, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville, Pa.
    Hijackers crashed 2 commercial jets into twin towers of World Trade Center; 2 more hijacked jets were crashed into the Pentagon and a field in rural Pa. Total dead and missing numbered 2,9921: 2,749 in New York City, 184 at the Pentagon, 40 in Pa., and 19 hijackers. Islamic al-Qaeda terrorist group blamed.
  • June 14, Karachi, Pakistan

    Bomb explodes outside American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12. Linked to al-Qaeda.
  • May 12, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    May 12, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Suicide bombers kill 34, including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners. Al-Qaeda suspected.
  • May 29–31, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Terrorists attack the offices of a Saudi oil company in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, take foreign oil workers hostage in a nearby residential compound, leaving 22 people dead including one American.
  • June 11–19, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Terrorists kidnap and execute Paul Johnson Jr., an American, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 2 other Americans and BBC cameraman killed by gun attacks.
  • Dec. 6, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    Terrorists storm the U.S. consulate, killing 5 consulate employees. 4 terrorists were killed by Saudi security.
  • Nov. 9, Amman, Jordan

    Suicide bombers hit 3 American hotels, Radisson, Grand Hyatt, and Days Inn, in Amman, Jordan, killing 57. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility.
  • Sept. 13, Damascus, Syria

    An attack by four gunman on the American embassy is foiled.
  • Jan. 12, Athens, Greece

    Jan. 12, Athens, Greece
    The U.S. embassy is fired on by an anti-tank missile causing damage but no injuries.
  • Dec. 11, Algeria

    More than 60 people are killed, including 11 United Nations staff members, when Al Qaeda terrorists detonate two car bombs near Algeria's
  • May 26, Iraq

    A suicide bomber on a motorcycle kills six U.S. soldiers and wounds 18 others in Tarmiya.
  • June 12, Afghanistan

    Four American servicemen are killed when a roadside bomb explodes near a U.S. military vehicle in Farah Province.
  • July 13, Afghanistan

    Nine U.S.soldiers and at least 15 NATO troops die when Taliban militants boldly attack an American base in Kunar Province, which borders Pakistan. It's the most deadly against U.S. troops in three years.
  • Sept. 16, Yemen

    A car bomb and a rocket strike the U.S. embassy in Yemen as staff arrived to work, killing 16 people, including 4 civilians. At least 25 suspected al-Qaeda militants are arrested for the attack.
  • Feb. 9, Iraq

    A suicide bomber kills four American soldiers and their Iraqi translator near a police checkpoint.
  • April 10, Iraq

    A suicide attack kills five American soldiers and two Iraqi policemen.
  • June 1, Little Rock, Arkansas

    Abdulhakim Muhammed, a Muslim convert from Memphis, Tennessee, is charged with shooting two soldiers outside a military recruiting center. One is killed and the other is wounded. In a January 2010 letter to the judge hearing his case, Muhammed asked to change his plea from not guilty to guilty, claimed ties to al-Qaeda, and called the shooting a jihadi attack "to fight those who wage war on Islam and Muslims."
  • May 1, New York City

    A car bomb is discovered in Times Square, New York City after smoke is seen coming from a vehicle. The bomb was ignited, but failed to detonate and was disarmed before it could cause any harm. Times Square was evacuated as a safety precaution. Faisal Shahzad pleads guilty to placing the bomb as well as 10 terrorism and weapons charges.
  • May 10, Jacksonville, Florida

    A pipe bomb explodes while approximately 60 Muslims are praying in the mosque. The attack causes no injuries.
  • Jan. 17, Spokane, Washington

    Jan. 17, Spokane, Washington
    A pipe bomb is discovered along the route of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial march. The bomb, a "viable device" set up to spray marchers with shrapnel and to cause multiple casualties, is defused without any injuries.
  • Sept. 11, Benghazi, Libya

    Militants armed with antiaircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades fire upon the American consulate, killing U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other embassy officials. U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton said the U.S. believed that Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, a group closely linked to Al Qaeda, orchestrated the attack.
  • Feb. 1, Ankara, Turkey

    Ecevit Sanli detonates a bomb near a gate at the U.S. Embassy. Sanli and one Turkish gaurd dies after detonating the bomb. Didem Tuncay is injured in the blast. Unlike the bombing at the embassy in Benghazi last September, the U.S. government immediately calls the bombing a terrorist attack. According to Turkish officials, the attack is from the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party, which has been labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. and other nations.
  • April 15, Boston, Mass.

    April 15, Boston, Mass.
    Multiple bombs explode near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Two bombs go off around 2:50 in the afternoon as runners finish the race. Three people are killed, more than 260 people are injured. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, age 26, is killed. A suicide vest is found on his body. The other suspect was, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, age 19. The are brothers and had been living together in Cambridge. They have lived in the U.S. for about a decade, but are from an area near Chechnya, a region in Russia.
  • July 17, Ukraine

    A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crashes in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, killing all 298 passengers and crew members. The crash occurs in territory where pro-Russian separatists have been battling Ukrainian troops. President Poroshenko says the crash is an act of terror. "I would like to note that we are calling this not an incident, not a catastrophe, but a terrorist act," he says.
  • August 19

    Members of ISIS behead American journalist James Foley, 40, in apparent retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against the group. Foley, who worked for GlobalPost, went missing in Syria in November 2012.
  • Sept. 2

    An ISIS militant decapitates another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, 31, who worked for Time and other news outlets. He was abducted in 2013 in Syria.
  • Dec. 2, San Bernadino, Calif.

    Fourteen people are killed and more than 20 wounded when two people open fire at a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center, a service facility for people with disabilities and special needs in San Bernardino, California. The suspects, husband and wife Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, are killed in a shootout with police after the rampage.
  • June 12

    June 12
    A mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub in the early hours of Sunday, June 12, 2016, leaves 50 people dead, including the gunman, and more than 50 injured. The shooter is identified as Omar Mateen, 29, who entered the nightclub armed with an assault rifle and a pistol. According to authorities, Mr. Mateen pledged his allegiance to ISIS via a 911 call from inside the nightclub. This massacre is the deadliest mass shooting on U.S. soil.
  • March 20

    Stabbing of Timothy Caughman: James Harris Jackson, 28, traveled from his home state of Maryland to New York City with the "sole purpose of stalking and killing black men for a statement-making media spectacle". According to police he allegedly attacked Timothy Caughman, 66, in Midtown Manhattan with a sword, killing him. Police allege ties to White Supremacist hate groups.