President Roosevelt meets King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia aboard USS Quincy in the Suez Canal, forging an alliance said to guarantee US access to Saudi oil.
State of Israel declared.
CIA-assisted coup in Iran.
Islamic revolution in Iran.
USSR invades Afghanistan.
Iran-Iraq war starts (ends August 1988).
Last Soviet troops leave Afghanistan.
Iraq invades Kuwait. US troops stationed in Saudi Arabia for first time.
Gulf War. US-led ‘Operation Desert Storm’ expels Iraq from Kuwait. Saddam Hussein remains in power.
Islamist terrorists bomb World Trade Center.
Foreign Affairs publishes Huntington's ‘The Clash of Civilizations?’.
Osama Bin Laden declares jihad against the US.
Bin Laden and co-signatories issue ‘World Islamic Front’ declaration of jihad against ‘Jews and Crusaders’.
Brenner's ‘The Economics of Global Turbulence’ published in New Left Review.
Al-Qaeda bomb US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
US closes six embassies in Africa due to bin-Laden related threats.
UN report says 500,000 Iraqi infants killed by sanctions on Iraq since Gulf War.
Chalmers Johnson's Blowback.
Second Intifada begins.
Blum's Rogue State.
Suicide bombers attack USS Cole.
Bush receives CIA report entitled ‘Bin Laden Determined to Attack America’.
9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.
Bush tells Congress al-Qaeda hates America's ‘way of life’. here is new york opens.