Modern Muslim Timeline of Events
Written and researched by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewska, B.F.A.

1922 - Sir Percy Cox (of the UK) draws up contemporary borders which Saddam Husein will later call "injustice by outsiders."

1947 - India gains independence and is divided into: (1) India (Hindu) and (2) Pakistan (Muslim)

1949 - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (N.A.T.O.) is formed as a defense alliance by Western nations.

1949 - An Arab-Israeli armistice is made, and Jerusalem is partitioned.

1950 - An Anglo-Egyptian dispute arises over the Sudan and the Suez Canal.

1951 - The British occupy the canal zone.

1951 - The UN General Assembly approved Libyan independence.

1952 - Western and Islamic worlds clash after WWII, with the rise of Egypt's Gamel Abdul Nasser as leader of the Arab World.

1953 - Monarchy ends in Egypt, and a republic is established.

In 1956, there is the naturalization of the Suez Canal by Colonel Gamal Abdul Nasser, President of Egypt. British troops withdraw from the Suez Canal zone.

1955 - Baghdad Pact is signed by Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and Great Britain (UK). This pact unites the U.S.A. and the United Kingdom with the states on the periphery of the U.S.S.R.

1956 - Israeli forces invade Egypt.

1957 - The Suez Canal is reopened.

1958 - Egypt and Syria form the United Arab Republic (UAR). Yemen joins to form the United Arab States.

1958 - Military revolts in Iraq are led by Abdul Kassem.

1958 - King Faisal II is assassinated, and a republic is declared.

1960's - Muslims emigrate from India and Pakistan to Great Britain; from northern Africa to France; and from Turkey to West Germany.

1963 -A nuclear test ban treaty signed by Britain, the Soviets, and the United States.

1965 - An unprecedented number of Muslims are admitted to the United States. India and Pakistan are going to war over Kashmir.

1967, June 5th-10th - marks a Six Day War between the Arabs and the Israelis.

1968, June 5th - The assassination of Robert Kennedy by Sirhan Sirhan, working with Khaiber Khan.

1970 - President Hafez al-Assad comes into power in Syria.

1970 - There is a civil War in Jordan between the government and Palestinian guerillas.

1970's (mid) - Unilateral arms empargos are made on Tripoli.

1970's - President Sadat asks the Carter administration to help him fight against Quadhafi.

General Ariel Sharon, of Israel, is concerned by the radical threat of Libya, Uraq, Syria, and South Yemen.

1970-1984 - a total of 41,000 people were killed as a result of terrorism and 24,000 were wounded around the world.

The odds of catching and punishing terrorists aren't that high. The Jaffee Center for Stategic Studies in Tel Aviv reports that only one out of ten terrorists are captured or killed. There are about 800 terrorist organizations in 88 separate countries.


Twelve (12) groups in Afghanistan.
Three (3) groups in Bahrain.
Forty-five (45) groups in Iran
Twelve (12) in Iraq
Twenty-six (26) in Israel/Palestine.
Four (4) in Jordan.
One (1) in Kuwait
Sixty-One (61) in Lebanon.
Three (3) in Oman
Two (2) in Quatar
Nine (9) in Saudi Arabia
Five (5) in South Yemen
Eight (8) in Syria
Fifteen (15) in Turkey.

Libya spends between $70 million and $100 million per year to bankroll forty (40) terrorist organizations (1986).

Iran and Syria also spend similar amounts to sponsor terrorism. While many of their people are well below poverty levels.

The United States has approximately 22 terrorist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, Black Panther Party, and the Weatherman. Most of these groups are not tolerated and the FBI works to stop them.

1971 - the India-Pakistan War.

1973 - the Afghanistan Wars.

1973 - The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Companies (OPEC) cause worldwide recession.

1973 - Israel is fighting with Egypt and Syria.

1973-1978 - The Soviet's Invasion of Afghanistan.

1974 - Greek-Turkish conflict in Cyrus.

1977 - President Sadat of Egypt goes to Israel on a peace mission.

1978-1992 - An Afghan Mujahedin's guerilla movement against Soviet-backed regime is taling place in Afghanistan.

1978-1981 - The Ayatollah Khomeni dominates Iran's politics and religion. His distain for the monarchy and the capitalist West brings him strong political support. People are screaming in the street: "Death of the Great Satan!" The Ayatollah's reign was characterized by terrorism and war.

Three factors are prevelent:

(1) an intense belief in Islam
(2) a great hatred of the West
(3) aggressive action towards preceived threats.

1978/1979 - Shah of Iran is overthrown and replaced by the Ayatollah Khomeini (1979-1989). People who served the Shah are executed. The Ayatollah Khomeini tries to unite Islam against the nations of the West.

1979 - Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel is signed in Washington.

1979, July - Saddam Hussein is Iraq's president. He then invades Kuwait and renames Kuwait City to "Kadhima."

1979 - The Ayotallah Komeini returns to Iran from exile. An Islamic republic is declared.

1979 - The Shiites (followers of Ali) comes into power.

1979, November 4th - The American Embassy in Tehran [capital of Iran] was raided by 3,000 Iranian students, taken hostage, and held until 1980.

President Carter imposes sanctions on Iran during the hostage crisis.

1979, July 16th - Saddam Hussein overthrows President Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr. He used violence to maintain this new found power.

1979 - Russian forces move into Afghanistan.

1980's - Baghdad and Washington D.C. are friends in the 1980's, and later in the 1990's are enemies.

1980's - Hizbollah takes westerners hostage.

1980 - Quadhafi sends Libyan forces into Chad.

1980 - The closing of the American embassy in Tripoli.

1980-1988 - the Iran-Iraq War. The war began on September 23, 1980. Hostility of Iran towards the United States begins (they sided with Iraq). However, President Reagan sent U.S. arms to Iran in exchange for American hostages held in Lebanon by terrorist allies of Tehran, Iran.

1981 - A Libyan mission in closed in Washington D.C.

1981 - The political regimes of Libya, Iraq, Syria, and South Yemen have strategies to liquidate Israel.

1981, March - The U.S. Fleet begins to conduct air and sea exercises in the Gulf of Sidra.

1981, August 19th - The U.S. Navy conducts a military exercise in the Gulf of Sidra. U.S. planes are challenged by Libyan planes and two F-14s are shot down.

1981. December 1st and 15th - attacks are planned against the U.S. President and later in January 21, 1982. Libyan assassins flee to Mexico after American intelligence detects their plans to conduct terror strikes in the United States.

1981 - Vice President Mubark of Egypt meets with President Carter in October. Carter is reluctant to take forceful action against Libya.

1981 - U.S. travel to Libya is prohibited, a freeze is put on Libyan financial assets, and elimination of Export-Import Bank financing for Libya, a ban on U.S. exports to Libya, and a cessation of U.S. visas for Libyan nationals.

1981 - Death of Sadat.

1981 - Edwin Wilson (C.I.A.) trades arms and other clandestine goods. He becomes a fugitive from the American legal system. He takes refuge in Libya. He was thought to have provided C-4 plastique similar to that used in the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

1981, October 6th - It is believed that Colonel Qadhafi ordered the assasination of Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat (Shi'ite Muslim).

1982, February - Hafez al-Assad orders an attack on Hama, a city of about 180,000 people, and over 10,000 die. The city harbored the Muslim Brotherhood, who opposed him. After a failed assassination attempt on his life, Assad tortured and executed 600-1,000 imprisoned Muslim Brothers.

1982, March 3rd - The Libyan government takes Wilson into custody and puts him under house arrest.

1983, October - the bombing of American Marine barracks in Beirut.

1984, January 13th - Secretary of State, George Schultz, places Iran on the list of states that sponsor international terrorism.

1985, October - The Achille Lauro, an Italian cruise liner is highjacked by four Palestinian guerillas. They take 80 passengers and 340 crewmen hostage. They proceeded to kill passengers: first killing Americans, then Jews, and then British citizens. They do this in order to have 50 Palestinians released from Israel.

Leon Klinghoffer, a 69-year-old handicapped American Jew, is murdered in his wheelchair.

The ship found haven off Port Said, Egypt; and the seajackers went ashore. The Americans wanted them brought to justice. The Italian government took a key role in dealing with these terrorists. Intelligence confirmed that the highjackers were still in Egypt, and that they planned to fly to Algiers aboard an Egyptair Boeing 737. Just 45 minutes after the 737 took off, from Al Maza Air Base, it was intercepted. Four highjackers and Abdul Abbas, an aide to Yasir Arafat were onboard. The Italians took them into custody.

1986 - In Paris, France there are ten (10) days of terror. Eleven (11) people are killed and 250 are wounded in five (5) separate bombings.

1986, April 15th - President Reagan orders airstrikes on Libyan sites. Qadhafi's infant daughter is killed and two of his sons are wounded. The assault was in immediate response to a bombing of the La Belle discotheque in Berlin, a place frequented by U.S. service men and women.

1986, March - Two Libyan ships are destroyed by U.S. Navy vessels.

1986, April 15th - Libyan sites known to be "terrorist centers" are bombed.

1986 - West Berlin: Two (2) U.S. sergeants and a Turkish woman are killed, and 230 were injured. The U.S. seems to think that Libya is involved and retaliates with air strikes at targets in and around Tripoli and the coastal city of Benghazi.

1987 - President Reagan imposes sanctions on Iran during the Iraq-Iran War. He wants Tehran to end its attacks on Gulf-bound Kuwait ships that had been re-flagged as an American vessels. The pro-Israel community of the Reagan administration brings criticisn from Muslims.

1988, December 21st. - Pan Am Flight 103 crashes over Lockerbie, Scotland. Two Libyans are discovered to have planted a bomb that was set to explode one hour after departure. The U.S. State Department and Scottish officials uncover a trail that lead to senior Libyan intelligence officers. There was the involvement of Muammar Qudhafi, who shielded that perpetrators from trial in London and Washington, D.C.. He says: "There will be blood in America Streets." The Iranians attempt to destabilize Arab states of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arb Emirates, Bahrain, and Oman.

1989 - The Ayaltollah Komeini pronounces a death sentence on British novelist, Salmon Rushdie who wrote The Satanic Verses.

1989 - death of Komeini. His role is assumed by Ayatollah Khameni and President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

1990, August 2nd - Saddam Hussein, the self-described "Knight of the Arab Nation," ordered Iraqi troops to invade Kuwait. President Bush, Sr. orders a huge military deployment of American troops, and creates a coalition of Western and Arab states, and authorizes air and ground attacks against Iraq.

Saddam uses poison gas against the Iranian military, killing innocent civilians. He also strikes against the Kurds in his own country.

1991/1992 - Kazakhtan and Uzbekistan are in possession of nuclear weapons.

1991, November - Courts in the U.S.A. and U.K. indict two Libyan agents implicated in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, in 1998, over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Libya romances the African American community. Oadhafi had given $300,00 to the Black Panthers during the 1970's. Qudhafi made a contact with the Nation of Islam, headed by Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Farrakhan was offered $1 billion for helping the Nation of Islam to work for poor African-American communities. The U.S. Department of Justice monitors Farrakhan's visits to Libya, Iraq, and other rogue regimes. Farrakhan visits sixteen nations on a so-called World Friendship Tour.

By entering Libya, Farrakhan breaks the American sanctions. He was "cavorting with dictators" who had "American blood on their hands." Farrakham stated: "He [Qadhafi] is my friend. He is my brother. Your enemy ain't mine unless I'm your slave" (Associated Press).

Qadhafi planned to separate the black Muslim community from other Americans.

1992 - Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel.

1993 - New York City World Trade Center bombing, kills six. 1993 - Qadhafi threatens extremist Islamic groups in Algeria and Tunisia for not supporting Libya against the U.S. sanctions efforts.

1994, August 5th - Seven nations made the U.S.A. terrorist list: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

1994 - Bombing of a building housing Jewish organizations in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1995, January 8th - Islamabad. Eamzi Ahmed Yousef (then 27 years old) is the man suspected of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City, N.Y. Yoursef is arrested by Pakistani authorities and then handed over to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Yoursef was also thought to have planned to kill Pope John Paul II during his trip to the Phillippines.

1995, January 9th - Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman (the blind religious leader) and nine other Muslims are convicted of the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. They had also planned to blow up the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and several other New York landmarks. Sheikh Rahman regularly preached at a Jersey City mosque.

1995, January 22nd - a suicide bomb attack near Tel Aviv kills nineteen (19) (mostly soldiers). Sixty-one (61) were also injured in a double suicide bomb attack on Nordiya near the seaside town of Nwtanya. A Palestinian jihad took responsibility.

1995, March 6th - the Afghan government attacks the last rebel stronghold in Kabul.

1995, March 27th - U.S. urges Libyan oil embargo. The Clinton administration is trying to force Colonel Quddafi to hand over two Libyans suspected of planting the bomb that destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Locjerbie in December 1988.

1995, April 3rd - Six (6) Arabs, linked to the World Trade Center bombing, were arrested in Manila, Phillipines.

1995, April 9th - Palestinian suicide bombers strike the Gaza Strip again. One attack is near Kfar Daron. The man kills himself and seven Israeli soldiers, by driving a van into a bus. The second attack was near Netzarim, where a car exploded near a security convoy. Five Israeli policemen were killed.

1995, April 17 - Beijing, China sells nuclear secrets to Iran.

1995, May 8th - The Israelis release 250 Palestinian prisoners.

1995, June 26th - The third attempt on the life of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak. He survives another assasination attempt. Islamic fundamentalists claim the attack. Two gunmen and two Ethiopian policemen are killed in Addid Ababa as a result.

1995, July 4th - Two Britons and two Americans are kidnapped by armed Kashmir rebels. The kidnappers were Muslims fighting for Kashmir's Independence from India.

1995, July 9th - John Childs, one of the American hostages, escapes from his captors. He gives information about the location of the other three men. Kashmiri rebels are demanding the return of 22 imprisoned Muslims for the three remaining men.

1995, July 16th - Two American citizens are released by Saddam Hussein, after being sentenced to eight years in prison for entering Iraq illegally.

1995, July 24th - Suicide bomber kills five in Tel Aviv. Thirty are injured after a radical Arab blew himself up on a Tel Aviv bus.

1995, August 8th - Two of Saddam Hussiem's daughters and their husbands flee Iraq and seek refuge in Jordan.

1995, August 15th - Saudi Minister of Interior, Prince Nayaf, said that the suspects were Sunnis, born in Saudi Arabia, and veterans of the Afghan War. The Ayatollah Khameni accuses the United States of trying to isolate Iran from the world community.

1995, August 21st - Suicide bombings in Jerusalem. Four passengers (including a Connecticut woman) are killed on a bus. The Islamic Hamas claim responsibility.

1995, June 25th - A fuel truck explodes outside the northern fence of an apartment complex near an air facility at Dhahran, near the eastern Saudi coast. The explosion kills 19 people and injures about 160 others. About 2,000 Americans were staioned near this facility.

1995, October 1st - The Eighth month trial of Sheik Omar Abel Rahman (a 57 year old Egyptian). Rahman is the perpetrator of the plot to destroy the United Nations Building, the main government buildings, the Lincoln Tunnel, the Holland Tunnel, and the George Washington Bridge. The trial also examines others who were not charged in the World Trade Center bombings, but are said to have had involment with those who were guilty.

1995, October 17th - A bomb explodes on Paris metro andinjures 26 citizens. Algerian terrorists claim responsibility.

1995, October 17th - Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, has his "Million Man March" on Washington D.C. Farrakham is against Jews and whites and made verbal attacks on the founding fathers of the United States, including Abraham Lincoln, and President Bill Clinton.

1995, November 4th - Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated at a peace rally in Tel Aviv. His killer, Yigal Amir, is a 25-year-old law student at a religious college.

1995, November 6th - Rabin is buried and 5,000 mourners are in attendence, including state leaders of the West.

1995, November 13th - bombings of the Saudi National Guard installation in Ruyadh are blamed on Saudi dissidents.

1995, November 16th - In spite of threats by Islamic fundamentalists to kill anyone who voted in the Algerian presidental election, there is a 75% voter turnout.

1996, April 3rd - The cessation of underground chemical weapons tests by Libya is instituted via U.S.A. instructions.

1996, August 5th - President Clinton signs the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act. This prohibits American oil firms, like Conoco, from engaging in commercial transactions with Iran without an export license. This agreement is signed after the midair explosion of TWA Flight 800 departing from New York to Paris, over the waters near New York.

1996, August 30th - Saddam's troops attack Irbil, Iraq.

1996, September 3rd - ThenU.S. sends a cruise missile attack because Iraqi forces violated the Western protected Safehaven above the 36th parallel, when they invaded the Kurds.

1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act makes penalties imposed against U.S. "persons" who engage in financial transaction with terrorist based nations. Our allies, however, continue trade, saying the law only pertained to U.S.A. citizens. Without backing this project fails.

1996 - Serbia is no longer considered a rogue because of its cooperation in the U.S. Bosnia peace process.

1996, June 25th - A bombing of a U.S. facility in Dhahran kills nineteen American military personnel.

1996, August 2nd - Secretary of Defense, William Perry said: "America will take strong action against any country proved to be involved in the June Bombing."

1996 - President Clinton after signing the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act, calls terrorism "the enemy of our generation" and says that the United States will fight terrorism alone, if necessary.

In 1990 there were more than 6 million Muslims in the United States. Many settled in Chicago, which now has twenty-five (25) mosques or Friday prayer centers. Dearborn, Michigan also has a big Muslim population.

1996 - The Taliban, Sunni sect, overruns most Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden's begins his "jihad" against the Soviet occupiers.

1996, July 18th - TWA Flight 800 is down after terrorist involvement. 230 victims are killed after take-off.

Nostradamus cites the years of 1996-2012 as years involving Muslim invasions. Nostradamus and the Mayans think the world, as we know it will end in 2012.

1997, May - Mohammad Khatemi wins the Iranian presidency by a 70 percent of the vote.

1998 - Ramiz Yoursef is convicted of New York City's World Trade Center Bombing in 1993. He is sentenced to life plus 240 years in prison.

August 7, 1998 - Bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya.

1998, August 21st - Osama Bin Laden redeclares his jihad or "Holy War" on the West.

2000 - the year the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) indicates as the projected year of nuclear weapons in Iran (under their control).

October 12, 2000 - The USS Cole is attacked.

September 11, 2001 - The World Trade Center and the Pentagon are attacked using our own commercial airlines as weapons.


The Most Wanted Man in the World ... The FBI

The New Breed of Terrorists ... FBI Press Release naming those involved in the events of September 11, 2001

Current Most Wanted Terrorist (FBI Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives)

Hunting Bin Laden: a PBS informational page.

Interpol: Wanted bin Laden and Al Chalabi Faraj ... al Qa'ida International Islamic Fron for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders

2001, October 7th - The U.S.A. and the U.K. launch attacks against terrorist (Taliban) facilities in Afghanistan.


Algeria ... Egypt ... Oman ... United Arab Emirates ... Syria ... Qatar ... Pakistan ... Bahrain ... Yemen ... Kuwait ... Jordan ... Lebanon ... Israel ... West Bank ... Gaza Strip ... Saudi Arabia.


Libya ... Iraq ... Afghanistan ... Sudan ... Iran


1. President Hosni Mubarak, of Egypt - is against terrorism.

2. President General Pervez Musharraf, of Pakistan - is currently backing the United States. However, we must beware of traps, like occured in the past.

3. Osama bin Laden, Saudi Arabian native - leader of the Al Qaeda, a group of violent Muslims.

4. Amhed Shah Massood, an Afghani - murdered b suicidal bombers for his stand against the Taliban.

5. King Fahd, of Saudi Arabia - no one is totally sure of his position.


Bullard, George. "U.S. confronts hijacked Islam" - The Detroit News. Sunday, September 23, 2001.

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Lang, Walter N. The World's Elite Forces: The men, weapons, and operations in the war against terrorism. New York: Military Press, 1987.

Tanter, Raymond. Rogue Regimes: Terrorism and Proliferation. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.

What Life Was Like: In the Lands of the Prophet. Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books.


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