19 Dec 1998 – Philippines: Libyan trained ASG leader Abdurajak Abubaker Janjalani dies in a gunfight with authorities on Basilan island. He was the founder of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist organisation in the Philippines.
21 Dec 13 – United Kingdom: Pan Am flight 103 destroyed by a bomb over Lockerbie, Libya responsible.
22 Dec 2001 – United States: Richard Reid attempts to detonate a bomb on board American Airlines flight 63 but is subdued by passengers.
25 Dec 2009 – United States: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempts to detonate plastic explosives aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253 en route to Detroit, AQAP claims responsibility for the failed attack.
27 Dec 2007 – Pakistan: Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto assassinated after campaign rally in Rawalpindi; al- Qaeda claim responsibility.
27 Dec 2002 – Chechnya: Suicide bombers detonate two explosives filled trucks at Chechnya’s pro-Moscow government building.
29 Dec 1992 – Yemen: Few casualties in bombing of Gold Mihor hotel in Aden; the incident is believed to be the first attack by AQAP on US interests.
Dates are taken from the NCTC terrorist calendar and 361 Security Significant dates.