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Summary.     Click for More > Al Qaeda suspected in Riyadh attack Saudis to hunt down Qaeda bombers US backs Saudis after Riyadh bomb Saudis expect another attack any time King vows to crush bombers Attacks signal shift in al Qaeda's strategy U.S. diplomats told to quit Saudi Arabia US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats'
bin Laden tape a call to arms Gulf states say Saddam should go U.N. halts Iraqi border mission U.S. Marine Chopper Down, 12 killed Soldier detained in attack on Army camp   U.S. soldier is being questioned in connection with a grenade and small arms attack on one of the division's camps Explosion rocks Kuwait City  An explosion struck a shopping mall. Some reports from officials indicated the explosion may have been from a missile Iraq war 'on track' al Qaeda suspected in Riyadh blasts  As result of vehicles detonating blasts tore through at least 3 compounds housing Americans Saudi Arabia denies terror links Saudis let FBI question man with 9/11 ties Ugandan dictator Idi Amin dies  Idi Amin, who had lived for years in exile, is blamed for the murders of tens of thousands of Ugandans in the 1970s Al-Jazeera reporter arrested Bin Laden tape raises fear of new attacks Prison fire kills 67 inmates   Explosions rock Riyadh, 17 killed
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  3 loud explosions rocked an affluent residential neighborhood of Muhaya. As many as 100 were wounded
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U.S. doubles forces in Persian Gulf region American shot to death   bin Laden tape a call to arms  A voice purported to be that of bin Laden timeline">Osama bin Laden offered battle strategies aimed at causing American casualties 21 Hajj pilgrims trampled   Gulf states say Saddam should go  Kuwait and Bahrain have backed a proposal made by the UAE which guarantees that Saddam would not be prosecuted U.S. orders another 60,000 to Gulf U.N. evacuates from Iraq-Kuwait border   U.N. halts Iraqi border mission  The observer mission along the Iraq-Kuwait border has ceased operations and U.N. is pulling its staff out of the area U.S. Marine Chopper Down, 12 killed  A U.S. Marine CH-46 Sea Knight was carrying 4 U.S. and 4 British soldiers 7 killed as UK helicopters collide Soldier detained in attack on Army camp


January 2003 ... more > Top ^
Jan.6  25,000 more troops heading to Gulf
Jan.7  U.S. military planners to move to Qatar
Jan.11
Jan.21
Jan.22  Arrest made in Americans' shootings
Jan.25  Shots near U.S. military convoy
 Kuwait U.S. attack: 6 more held
Jan.26  Ambush: Two suspects flee
Jan.27  Group claims credit for ambush


February 2003 ... more > Top ^
Feb.1  Kuwait steps up security
Feb.9  Mecca pilgrimage heads for Mina
Feb.10  2m pilgrims at Mt. Arafat for Hajj
Feb.11  14 Hajj pilgrims trampled to death
 
Feb.12
Feb.16  5 arrested in terror plot
Feb.21  Henin-Hardenne, Seles advance to final


March 2003 ... more > Top ^
Mar.2  
Mar.3
Mar.5  Tempers flare at Islamic summit
Mar.8
Mar.16  
Mar.20  
 FBI: Terror alert issued for Saudi national
Mar.22
 
   U.S. soldier is being questioned in connection with a grenade and small arms attack on one of the division's camps
Mar.25  Arab backlash mounts on Kuwait Mar.28   Explosion rocks Kuwait City
  An explosion struck a shopping mall. Some reports from officials indicated the explosion may have been from a missile
Mar.30   Iraq war 'on track'  General Franks, has said coalition forces have made 'truly remarkable' progress in the campaign

April 2003 ... more > Top ^
Apr.8 Bin Laden tape urges suicide attacks Apr.15 Gulf states warn US over Syria Apr.18  New purported Saddam tapes aired Iraq's neighbours urge US withdrawal Apr.29 US pulls out of Saudi Arabia

May 2003 ... more > Top ^
May.12   al Qaeda suspected in Riyadh blasts
  As result of vehicles detonating blasts tore through at least 3 compounds housing Americans
May.13 20 killed in blasts Crown prince condemns bombers May.14 US criticises security in Riyadh May.15 Dissident: bin Laden behind Saudi attacks May.16  Saudis open door to U.S. investigators May.18  3 Riyadh suicide bombers identified May.19  Saudis: 4 detainees linked to al Qaeda  Terror alert at highest ever level May.21  3 arrested in hijack plot Al-Jazeera airs al Qaeda message May.26  U.N. Iraqi ex-ambassador: War isn't over May.28  Blair visits Kuwait  11 militants arrested May.30  Iran denies harboring Saudi plotters

June 2003 ... more > Top ^
Jun.5 Bush vows to find Iraqi weapons
Jun.15  Mecca clashes kill 10 Jun.23 Qatar man declared 'enemy combatant' Jun.26 Riyadh bombings ringleader gives up

July 2003 ... more > Top ^
Jul.3 Riyadh suspect kills himself
Jul.21 Idi Amin fighting for life Jul.24   Saudi Arabia denies terror links  Saudi Arabia has responded angrily to allegations in a U.S. congressional report about its role in the 9/11 attacks Jul.28  8 killed in shootout Jul.29     Saudis let FBI question man with 9/11 ties  Condoleezza Rice and Prince Saud discussed Saudi cooperation in terror investigations 9/11 report sparks U.S.-Saudi spat

August 2003 ... more > Top ^
Aug.2 Alleged al Qaeda tape threatens U.S.
Aug.8  Freed bombing convicts leave Saudi Aug.12  Saudi names al Qaeda held by Iran Aug.13  BA suspends flights to Saudi Arabia Al Qaeda plot to target BA Aug.15   Ugandan dictator Idi Amin dies
  Idi Amin, who had lived for years in exile, is blamed for the murders of tens of thousands of Ugandans in the 1970s
Aug.17  Clerics condemn terrorists Aug.18  Tape: Bin Laden, Mullah Omar alive

September 2003 ... more > Top ^
Sep.3  'Terror' missiles seized Sep.5   Al-Jazeera reporter arrested
  Police is accusing Tayseer Allouni of providing support for two suspected members of al Qaeda terrorist group Sep.10     Bin Laden tape raises fear of new attacks
  Al-Jazeera broadcast a new tape of Osama bin Laden and his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri Sep.12  Tape of alleged 9/11 hijacker broadcast Sep.15   Prison fire kills 67 inmates
  20 inmates also suffered smoke inhalation and 3 prison guards were injured Sep.23 4 dead in gunfight

October 2003 ... more > Top ^
Oct.4  First free elections

November 2003 ... more > Top ^
Nov.7 US closes Saudi Arabia missions
Nov.8     Explosions rock Riyadh, 17 killed
  3 loud explosions rocked an affluent residential neighborhood of Muhaya. As many as 100 were wounded
    Al Qaeda suspected in Riyadh attack  Terrorists stormed past security guards into a heavily secured residential neighborhood and set off 3 explosions Nov.9   Saudis to hunt down Qaeda bombers   Saudi Arabia pledged to track down those linked to a bomb attack on a Riyadh residential neighborhood   US backs Saudis after Riyadh bomb  Bush has reassured Saudi Arabia of US support in ending terrorism after a deadly attack Nov.10   Saudis expect another attack any time  Security officials ordered 4,600 troops to the city of Mecca to provide additional security until Ramadan is over     King vows to crush bombers
  King Fahd has pledged to strike with an 'iron fist' against Muslim militants Nov.11     Attacks signal shift in al Qaeda's strategy  The suicide car bombings indicate the terrorist organization has broadened its strategy

December 2003 ... more > Top ^
Dec.6  US security alert Dec.17     U.S. diplomats told to quit Saudi Arabia  The State Department authorized non-essential diplomats and families to leave because of ongoing security concerns Dec.19 US Navy 'seizes Gulf drug ship' Dec.20   US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats'
  2 Arab sailing boats carrying illegal drugs have been seized in the northern Arabian Sea Dec.29 No one hurt in car explosion


U.S. doubles forces in Persian Gulf region U.S. orders another 60,000 to Gulf U.N. evacuates from Iraq-Kuwait border   U.N. halts Iraqi border mission  The observer mission along the Iraq-Kuwait border has ceased operations and U.N. is pulling its staff out of the area U.S. Marine Chopper Down, 12 killed  A U.S. Marine CH-46 Sea Knight was carrying 4 U.S. and 4 British soldiers 7 killed as UK helicopters collide Soldier detained in attack on Army camp




Gulf Countries, 2003 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
2003
Jan.6  25,000 more troops heading to Gulf
Jan.7  U.S. military planners to move to Qatar
Jan.11
Jan.25  Shots near U.S. military convoy
Feb.1  Kuwait steps up security
Mar.3
Mar.8
Mar.16
Mar.20
Mar.22
Mar.22
   U.S. soldier is being questioned in connection with a grenade and small arms attack on one of the division's camps
Mar.28 Explosion rocks Kuwait City
  An explosion struck a shopping mall. Some reports from officials indicated the explosion may have been from a missile
Mar.30 Iraq war 'on track'  General Franks, has said coalition forces have made 'truly remarkable' progress in the campaign Apr.29 US pulls out of Saudi Arabia Jun.5 Bush vows to find Iraqi weapons Dec.19 US Navy 'seizes Gulf drug ship' Dec.20 US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats'
  2 Arab sailing boats carrying illegal drugs have been seized in the northern Arabian Sea



Gulf Countries, 2003 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2003 Feb.11  14 Hajj pilgrims trampled to death Feb.12 21 Hajj pilgrims trampled
Sep.15 Prison fire kills 67 inmates  20 inmates also suffered smoke inhalation and 3 prison guards were injured



Gulf Countries, 2003 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2003 Aug.13  BA suspends flights to Saudi Arabia



Gulf Countries, 2003 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2003 Feb.21  Henin-Hardenne, Seles advance to final



Gulf Countries, 2003 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2003 Jan.21 American shot to death
Jan.22  Arrest made in Americans' shootings Jan.25  Kuwait U.S. attack: 6 more held Jan.26  Ambush: Two suspects flee Jan.27  Group claims credit for ambush Feb.11   bin Laden tape a call to arms  A voice purported to be that of bin Laden timeline">Osama bin Laden offered battle strategies aimed at causing American casualties Feb.16  5 arrested in terror plot Mar.20  FBI: Terror alert issued for Saudi national Mar.22 Soldier detained in attack on Army camp
   U.S. soldier is being questioned in connection with a grenade and small arms attack on one of the division's camps
Apr.8 Bin Laden tape urges suicide attacks May.12 al Qaeda suspected in Riyadh blasts
  As result of vehicles detonating blasts tore through at least 3 compounds housing Americans
May.13 20 killed in blasts May.15 Dissident: bin Laden behind Saudi attacks May.16  Saudis open door to U.S. investigators May.18  3 Riyadh suicide bombers identified May.19  Saudis: 4 detainees linked to al Qaeda May.19  Terror alert at highest ever level May.21  3 arrested in hijack plot May.21 Al-Jazeera airs al Qaeda message May.28  11 militants arrested May.30  Iran denies harboring Saudi plotters Jun.15  Mecca clashes kill 10 Jun.23 Qatar man declared 'enemy combatant' Jun.26 Riyadh bombings ringleader gives up Jul.3 Riyadh suspect kills himself Jul.24 Saudi Arabia denies terror links  Saudi Arabia has responded angrily to allegations in a U.S. congressional report about its role in the 9/11 attacks Jul.28  8 killed in shootout Jul.29   Saudis let FBI question man with 9/11 ties  Condoleezza Rice and Prince Saud discussed Saudi cooperation in terror investigations Aug.2 Alleged al Qaeda tape threatens U.S. Aug.8  Freed bombing convicts leave Saudi Aug.12  Saudi names al Qaeda held by Iran Aug.13  BA suspends flights to Saudi Arabia Aug.13 Al Qaeda plot to target BA Aug.17  Clerics condemn terrorists Aug.18  Tape: Bin Laden, Mullah Omar alive Sep.3  'Terror' missiles seized Sep.5 Al-Jazeera reporter arrested  Police is accusing Tayseer Allouni of providing support for two suspected members of al Qaeda terrorist group Sep.10   Bin Laden tape raises fear of new attacks  Al-Jazeera broadcast a new tape of Osama bin Laden and his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri Sep.12  Tape of alleged 9/11 hijacker broadcast Sep.15 Prison fire kills 67 inmates  20 inmates also suffered smoke inhalation and 3 prison guards were injured Sep.23 4 dead in gunfight Nov.8   Explosions rock Riyadh, 17 killed
  3 loud explosions rocked an affluent residential neighborhood of Muhaya. As many as 100 were wounded
Nov.8   Al Qaeda suspected in Riyadh attack  Terrorists stormed past security guards into a heavily secured residential neighborhood and set off 3 explosions Nov.9 Saudis to hunt down Qaeda bombers   Saudi Arabia pledged to track down those linked to a bomb attack on a Riyadh residential neighborhood Nov.10 Saudis expect another attack any time  Security officials ordered 4,600 troops to the city of Mecca to provide additional security until Ramadan is over Nov.10   King vows to crush bombers
  King Fahd has pledged to strike with an 'iron fist' against Muslim militants Nov.11   Attacks signal shift in al Qaeda's strategy  The suicide car bombings indicate the terrorist organization has broadened its strategy Dec.6  US security alert Dec.19 US Navy 'seizes Gulf drug ship' Dec.20 US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats'  2 Arab sailing boats carrying illegal drugs have been seized in the northern Arabian Sea Dec.29 No one hurt in car explosion



Gulf Countries, 2003 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2003 Feb.9  Mecca pilgrimage heads for Mina Feb.10  2m pilgrims at Mt. Arafat for Hajj Mar.2   Gulf states say Saddam should go  Kuwait and Bahrain have backed a proposal made by the UAE which guarantees that Saddam would not be prosecuted Mar.5  Tempers flare at Islamic summit Mar.25  Arab backlash mounts on Kuwait Apr.15 Gulf states warn US over Syria
Apr.18  New purported Saddam tapes aired Apr.18 Iraq's neighbours urge US withdrawal May.13 Crown prince condemns bombers May.14 US criticises security in Riyadh May.26  U.N. Iraqi ex-ambassador: War isn't over May.28  Blair visits Kuwait Jul.21 Idi Amin fighting for life Jul.29 9/11 report sparks U.S.-Saudi spat Aug.15 Ugandan dictator Idi Amin dies
  Idi Amin, who had lived for years in exile, is blamed for the murders of tens of thousands of Ugandans in the 1970s
Aug.17  Clerics condemn terrorists Sep.5 Al-Jazeera reporter arrested
  Police is accusing Tayseer Allouni of providing support for two suspected members of al Qaeda terrorist group Oct.4  First free elections Nov.7 US closes Saudi Arabia missions Nov.9 US backs Saudis after Riyadh bomb  Bush has reassured Saudi Arabia of US support in ending terrorism after a deadly attack Dec.17   U.S. diplomats told to quit Saudi Arabia  The State Department authorized non-essential diplomats and families to leave because of ongoing security concerns