On this day in History Osama bin Laden declared war against the U.S.

On this day in History Osama bin Laden declared war against the U.S.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - History plays a vital role on many of us, some good, and unfortunately some bad. Today's date August 23, 1996, Osama bin Laden issued his first fatwa, (official order by a Muslim or religious leader.)

The 30-page attack plan entitled "Declaration of War Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places," against the United States and Israel, according to history. At the end of Laden's orders, he urged all Muslim brothers to take part in fighting against the enemy.

The second fatwa, was published with the help of others who represented specific Islamist groups, then signed by Osama bin Laden.

The three reasons for the fatwa were stated in an article: Compel war against the United States because the US was occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest places. Second, the crusader-Zionist alliance has inflicted great devastation upon the Iraqi people. Third, the US goal is to serve the Jews petty state and divert attention from its occupation of Jerusalem and murder of Muslims there.

The fatwa concluded with instructions to Muslims: The ruling to kill American civilians and military is a duty for each Muslim who can do it in any country, which it is possible to do. The conclusion also said, "Every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it."

Al-Qaeda takes credit for many acts of terrorism before 9/11.

The group's acts proved to show an increasing level of violence, leading to 9/11 which include:

• 1993 Bombing of World Trade Center, New York City

• 1998 Bombing of U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania

• 1999 Attempted of bombing in Los Angeles International Airport

• Bombing of USS Cole, Port of Aden, County of Yemen

Al-Qaeda and it's and it's affiliates continued their attacks on the U.S. since 9/11 including:

• 2001 Attempted bombing of American Airlines flight

• 2002 Fire bombing of synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia

• 2002 Bombing of U.S. Consulate, Karachi, Pakistan

• 2002 Bombing of nightclub on island of Bali. County of Indonesia

• 2002 Attack on U.S Marines on Failaka Island, Kuwait

• 2002 Bombing at Paradise Hotel, Mombasa, Kenya

• 2003 Riyadh Compound bombings, Saudi Arabia

• 2003 Suicide attack against French tanker MB Limburg

• 2003 Suicide bombing of Marion Hotel, South Jakarta, Indonesia

• 2003 Bombing in Cassablanca Moroco

• 2003 Truck bombings, on two separate days, Istanbul Turkey

• 2005 Bombings of London Underground and bus

• 2006 Transatlantic aircraft pilot (liquid explosives) foiled

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