Police find an unexploded car bomb in Times Square, and charge suspect Faisal Shazhad with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and several other federal charges related to explosives two days later.
Iraqi elections are held.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly attempts to ignite an explosive device hidden in his underwear on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an army psychiatrist, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in shootings at Ft. Hood in Texas that also injure 29. Ten of the dead are military personnel.
Four people are arrested and charged in plot to blow up JFK International Airport.
In London, police arrest 21 people in connection with a terrorist plot to blow up planes flying from Britain to the United States. New TSA regulations ban all liquids and gels from subsequent flights.
In London, four bombs are exploded by four British born Muslims, targeting the city’s transportation system. The attacks kill 52 people and injure hundreds of others.
In Iraq, three Japanese citizens are taken hostage.
In Fallujah, Iraq, four American private military contractors who worked for Blackwater USA are killed and their bodies mutilated after being ambushed.
Terrorist attacks in Madrid, Spain kill 202 and injure nearly 1,750 people. Muslim extremists from the Al Qaeda announced responsibility for the attack.