The unprecedented terrorist attacks of 9/11 were only the prologue of a sad tale that has yet to end. Indeed, they set a twisted pattern that may never end. America hasn’t been the sole target of terrorists. Citing cooperation with the “Great Satan” or other such similar nonsense to justify their honourless and cowardly attacks, Islamic terrorists have struck Europe quite hard. What follows is a timeline of major terrorist events that should serve as a daily reminder of what has been lost and what might be lost if our vigilance happens to drop.

In March 2004, 10 Spanish trains were simultaneous hit by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by al-Qaida terrorists. The casualty number reached 192 dead and more than 2000 wounded.

A few months later in September, Chechen terrorists stormed a school in the Russian town of Beslan. The ensuing hostage situation ended after three days with the botched operation by Russian counter-terrorist forces. The aftermath was 385 dead and 783 wounded.  (Read the complete NEWSREP analysis here, here, and here.)

In 2005, the London subway attacks left 52 people dead and more than 700 hundred injured.