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Notable suspected terror plots

The Detroit airport terminal where a passenger was

The Detroit airport terminal where a passenger was taken into custody from a Northwest Airlines flight after he tried to ignite explosives on Friday, according to officials. (Dec. 25, 2009) Credit: AP

Since 9/11, there have been at least 23 suspected terror plots aimed at the United States that were foiled or just failed. Some of the notable ones include:

2001  The arrest of Richard Reid, who authorities said hid explosives inside his shoes before boarding a flight from Paris to Miami. He was stopped by flight attendants and passengers before he could light the fuse.

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2002   Six men later called "The Buffalo Cell," were arrested on conspiracy charges by officials who said they planned on attending an overseas al-Qaida jihadist camp.

2003   Iyman Faris, a U.S. citizen from Kashmir, was arrested by New York City police, who said he was plotting to use blowtorches to collapse the Brooklyn Bridge.

2004  James Elshafay and Shahawar Matin Siraj planned to bomb a subway station near Madison Square Garden in before the Republican National Convention, but an undercover detective learned about their plan.

2006   British authorities arrested a number of persons in the London area who they said planned to blow up 10 U.S.-bound commercial airliners with liquid explosives.

2007   Four men, including Russel Defreitas of Brooklyn, were arrested and charged by authorities who said they plotted to blow up aviation fuel tanks and pipelines at Kennedy Airport.

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