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Click here for a chronology of recent attacks linked to Usama bin Laden's terrorist network. Since last September, more than 3,000 Al Qaeda suspects have been arrested worldwide. Below are the arrests as reported on 

United States

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri: Suspected mastermind behind the USS Cole bombing in Oct. 2000, al-Nashiri was captured nearly two weeks ago by an unidentified foreign government which turned him over to the United States. Al-Nashiri is the highest-ranking Al Qaeda figure seized since the March capture of Abu Zubaydah. Read more.

Ali Qaed Sinan al-Harethi: A key suspect in the USS Cole bombing, al-Harethi was killed along with five other Al Qaeda suspects during a CIA airstrike in northwest Yemen. Read more.

Zacharias Moussaoui: Officials suspect Zacarias Moussaoui would have been the 20th hijacker if he had not already been arrested on immigration charges. He has been charged with six counts of conspiracy in connection with the September 11 attacks, four of which carry the death penalty. Read more.

Detroit Cell: Three men charged with providing material support and resources to the Islamic terror group Salaaf I YYA. Read more.

Richard Reid: British citizen arrested for attempting to blow up an an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami on Dec. 22 with explosives hidden in his shoe. Reid pleaded guilty to eight charges on October 4, 2002 including: attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction; attempted homicide; placing an explosive device on an aircraft; attempted murder; two counts of interference with flight crew and attendants; attempted destruction of an aircraft; and using a destructive device during a crime of violence. Read more.

James Ujaama: Indicted Aug. 29 by a federal grand jury in Seattle on one charge of conspiracy to provide material support and resources for Al Qaeda, and another charge of using, carrying, possessing, and discharging firearms during a crime. The indictment contends Ujaama, born James Earnest Thompson, led a conspiracy in 1999 to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon. Read more.

Jose Padilla: A former Chicago gang member accused of plotting with Al Qaeda terrorists to detonate a "dirty bomb." He is being held in a military brig in South Carolina as an enemy combatant. Padilla learned how to build a radioactive bomb at an Al Qaeda safehouse in Pakistan and may have discussed plots to blow up hotels and gas stations, according to a classified government memo. Read more.

Buffalo Six: Six U.S. citizens of Yemeni descent arrested after a series of raids in Lackawanna, NY are charged with providing material support to Al Qaeda and attending a training camp in Afghanistan. A federal grand jury indicted them on two counts of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The charges carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison. Read more.

Portland, Oregon Cell: The FBI has arrested four U.S. citizens it says organized to fight against the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks. Patrice Lumumba Ford, Martinique Lewis, Jeffrey Leon Battle and Ahmed Ibrahim Bilal set out for Afghanistan in October 2001 to help Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Read more.

Enaam M. Arnaout: Head of the Benevolence International Foundation, Arnaout has been in federal custody since April. The indictment contends his foundation was a criminal enterprise which used charitable contributions from innocent Muslims, non-Muslims and corporations to support bin Laden's Al Qaeda network, Chechen rebels fighting the Russian army and armed violence in Bosnia. Arnaout, is charged with racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to launder money, money laundering and wire and mail fraud. He is being held in the government's Metropolitan Correctional Center. Read more.

There were 598 men from 43 countries being held at the Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba before four were released after the Pentagon confirmed they were no longer considered a threat. Recently, 30 more arrived at the base from an undisclosed location to boost the number of detainees to 624Read more.


Abu Zubaydah: One of Usama bin Laden's top lieutenants and possibly the third-ranking figure in Al Qaeda. Zubaydah was shot and wounded on March 28, 2002 during a joint U.S.-Pakistani raid on an Al Qaeda hide-out in the industrial city of Faisalabad. He is believed to have masterminded the failed millennium bombing plots in Los Angeles and Jordan, and has been linked to failed plots on the U.S. embassies in Paris and Sarajevo. He is now in U.S. custody. Read more.

Ramzi Binalshibh: A member of the Al Qaeda cell in Hamburg, Germany, Binalshibh is believed to have had a role in the USS Cole bombing, as well as the Sep. 11 attacks. He allegedly provided logistical help and funneled money to his former roommate, Mohammed Atta, believed to have been the leader of the 9/11 hijackers. He is now in U.S. custody. Read more.

Ibn Al-Shaykh al-Libi: a Libyan who is believed to have run some of bin Laden's training camps.

In addition, Pakistani authorities have arrested 402 Al Qaeda suspects during months of raids on hide-outs along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan and have now turned them over to the U.S. Read more.


Mullah Fazel Mazloom: The Taliban's former army chief of staff, he was captured by the Northern Alliance and is now among the prisoners being held at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Mullah Abdul Wakil Muttawakil: The Taliban's Foreign Minister turned himself in last February and is the highest-ranking Taliban official known to be in custody.

Ibn Al-Shaykh al-Libi: Al Qaeda's head of training operations and a top aide to Usama bin Laden. Al-Libi is among Al Qaeda's "top 20" leaders.

Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef: Taliban's former ambassador to Pakistan.

American and allied forces in Afghanistan are capturing Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters "almost every day, in small numbers," according to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Read more.


Mounir El Motassadeq:  A Moroccan citizen charged in a Hamburg superior court "because of his participation in the terror attacks in the United States on Sept. 11." Motassadeq had power of attorney over 9/11 hijacker Marwan Al-Shehhi's Hamburg bank account, which financed 9/11 hijackers Mohammad Atta and Ziad Jarrah. It also financed Al-Shehhi during his stay in the United States and was used to pay for his flight training in Florida. Motassadeq testified before the Hamburg state court that he transferred $2,500 from the account of a Sept. 11 suicide hijacker to Ramzi Binalshibh, believed to be the cell's chief contact with Usama bin Laden. Read more.


Ahmed Ellattah: Arrested in the northern port city of Antwerp. Investigators suspect he is an accomplice of Tarek Maaroufi. Read more

Tarek Maaroufi: a man of Tunisian origin arrested by Belgian police on suspicion of recruiting for Al Qaeda and involvement in a false passport ring. He is suspected of providing counterfeit identity papers to the killers of Afghan anti-Taliban leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, who was killed two days before Sept. 11, 2001. His attackers, both of whom died in the bombing, posed as journalists and traveled using forged Belgian passports.

Nizar Trabelsi: a Tunisian arrested in Belgium, tapped to be the man who would blow himself up inside the U.S. Embassy in France. Read more.


Ahmed Brahim: Suspected financial chief of Al Qaeda's network in Spain. He is thought to be the main financier of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Read more.

Ghasoub al-Abrash al-Ghalyoun, Abu Talha, and Bassan Dalati Satut: al-Ghalyoun traveled to the United States in 1997 and filmed five videos of the Golden Gate bridge, the Sears Tower, the World Trade Center and other famous sites and allegedly passed them on to Al Qaeda. This group is also accused of channeling $600,000 to Al Qaeda operations in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, China, Turkey, Jordan, Syria, and the Palestinian territories. Read more.

Officials in Spain have arrested at least 30 Al Qaeda suspects.


Seven Tunisians were convicted in a Milan court for helping recruits for Al Qaeda get fake documents. Among those convicted was Essid Sami Ben Khemais, the alleged head of bin Laden's terrorist operations in Europe. Read more.

Italy also moved jointly with the U.S. to block the financial assets of 25 entities, including 11 individuals and 14 organizations. All 11 individuals affected are related to an Algerian-based terrorist organization suspected of having links to Al Qaeda which operates in North Africa, Spain and Italy. The 14 organizations named are part of an extensive financial network providing support to Al Qaeda.

In the past year, Italian police have arrested over 35 with alleged links to Al Qaeda.


Djamel Beghal:  A French-Algerian who admitted to planning a strike against the U.S. Embassy in Paris.  Beghal was arrested at the Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates and is now jailed in France. Three suspected members of Beghal’s cell are also awaiting trial there. Read more.

Kamel Daoudi: A key suspect in a plot to attack the U.S. Embassy in France. Anti-terrorism Judge Jean-Francois Ricard placed Daoudi under investigation for "using false administration documents" and "criminal association in relation with a terrorist enterprise."


Officials in Yemen have rounded up 104 Al Qaeda suspects since the 9/11 attacks including 15 detained in connection with the bombing of the USS Cole.  Read more.


Singapore has arrested 21 suspects, most of whom belong to the regional Islamic group Jemaah Islamiyah. An organization linked to Al Qaeda, the men had plans to attack U.S. interests including a U.S. Navy ship, and a bar frequented by American troops. The suspects were also planning attacks on the Defense Ministry, chemical factories and Singapore's water pipelines from Malaysia. Read more.


Omar Al Faruq: Put in charge of Southeast Asia by bin Laden's top two deputies, this Al Qaeda terrorist provided the Bush administration with information that led to raising the terrorist threat alert to code orange (high risk) this Sept. 11. Faruq has been a key link to an Indonesia-based group blamed for killing 10,000 civilians since 1999 in attacks throughout Southeast Asia. Arrested in Jakarta, he is now in U.S. custody. Read more.

Imam Samudra: The alleged mastermind of last month's deadly nightclub bombings in Bali, Sumudra confessed to planning and executing the attack that killed nearly 200 people. Read more.


Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said it has arrested and deported dozens of Al Qaeda infiltrators along its eastern borders, but couldn't confirm reports that one of Usama bin Laden's sons was among them. Read more.


Police have arrested several alleged members of the Muslim Abu Sayyaf guerrillas as suspects in a deadly series of bombings in the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga that killed seven people and injured 152 others. 1,000 Americans spent six months in the southern Philippines earlier this year in counterterrorism exercises aimed at helping the Philippine military fight the Abu Sayyaf, a group with known ties to Al Qaeda. Read more.


Abu Zubair al-Haili: Considered among the top 25 Al Qaeda lieutenants, he ran some of bin Laden's training camps in Afghanistan. During the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, he helped evacuate Al Qaeda operatives.  Read more.

Morocco has also arrested 10 suspected members of Al Qaeda for allegedly plotting to attack NATO targets, including U.S. and British warships in the Mediterranean. The three Saudi nationals and seven Moroccans were arrested in May and June and accused of "criminal conspiracy, willful homicide, attempted sabotage of buildings with explosives and the use of false documents."The 10 suspects are being held at Oukacha prison in Morocco's economic capital of Casablanca.


Abu Anas Al-Liby: A terrorist named by President Bush as one of the 22 most dangerous men in the world, Al-Liby is being held at a high-security prison in Khartoum. He is accused of plotting the American embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania which killed 224 people. Read more.

The government in Sudan has arrested at least 50 Al Qaeda suspects.

Saudi Arabia

The Saudis have arrested at least 13 Al Qaeda suspects who are suspected of planning to use explosives and missiles in terrorist attacks against the Kingdom. Read more.


Ahmed Ibrahim Bilal:  Indicted in federal court in Portland, Oregon while he was living in Malaysia. A Malaysian judge cleared the way to deport Bilal by ruling that he was an illegal immigrant. Bilal's brother has been arrested in Michigan and three other members of a cell in Portland, Oregon. The charges against them include conspiracy to levy war against the United States and conspiracy to provide material support and resources to Al Qaeda. Read more.

In the aftermath of the bombing in Bali, Indonesia, Inspector-General of Police Norian Mai announced the arrests of five men who are alleged to belong to Jemaah Islamiyah, a group linked to Al Qaeda which wishes to establish a pan-Islamic state in Southeast Asia and whom allegedly plotted to bomb the U.S. Embassy and other Western targets in Singapore. The suspects have been in contact with militants and one has taken an oath of loyalty before Usama bin Laden. Read more.


Ihab Dafaa
Khaled Minawi
Mohammed Sultan

Arrested in Lebanon, the three men had plans to open an Al Qaeda training camp in Lebanon that would provide refuge to fleeing Al Qaeda members. They also planned to provide military training and traveled to Germany to collect money for the network.  Read more.  

Hong Kong

Police arrested three men on Sept. 20 accused of using profits from illegal drug sales to finance the purchase of Stinger missiles for Al Qaeda. The two Pakistanis and one U.S. citizen allegedly sought to sell a half-ton of heroin and five tons of hashish in the San Diego area and planned to use the money to buy four shoulder-fired missiles, authorities say. Read more.

Al Qaeda Leaders Killed in Combat

Mohammed Atef: A military commander and one of bin Laden's top two deputies killed last November in a U.S. airstrike

Mohammad Salah: High-ranking member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, a group affiliated with Al Qaeda.

Tariq Anwar al-Sayyid Ahmad: High-ranking member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, a group affiliated with Al Qaeda.

Abu Hafs the Mauritanian: Provided some of the scholarly justification for Al Qaeda's attacks. 

Qari Ahmadullah: The Taliban's chief of intelligence.

Abu Jafar al-Jaziri and Abu Salah al-Yemeni: Identified as senior logistics coordinators. 

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Al Qaeda Still At-Large

Usama bin Laden

Mullah Mohammad Omar: Founder and leader of the Taliban government.

Ayman al-Zawahiri: The head of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, al-Zawahri is also bin Laden's top lieutenant, spiritial adviser and doctor.

Shaihk Saiid: Bin Laden's financial chief. He wired money to Mohammad Atta, the alleged ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Additional Information

Timeline of Recent Terror Attacks as reported on

Most Wanted Terrorists from the FBI website.

Current List of Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations   from the State Department website.

Counterterrorism Office from the State Department website.

Homeland Security from the White House website.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.