The world arguably changed forever after the 9/11 terror attacks in the US in 2001.
Nearly 3,000 victims died after four hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Centre in New York, the Pentagon in Washington and a field in Pennsylvania.
The atrocities, carried out by al-Qaeda militants, shocked the globe and continues to shape it to this day.
Since then, nations have been rocked by terror attacks which have been partly inspired by the deadly events.
The UK is among the countries which have suffered in recent years.
There have been dozens of planned atrocities which have been smashed by the police and the security services before they could be carried out.
Here are five foiled terror plots which have come before British courts since then…
Failed July 21, 2005, Tube bombings
Just two weeks after the 2005 London Underground suicide bombings which killed 52 victims, a copycat attack by a gang of extremists failed after the bombs didn’t explode.
The extremists, who had targeted three tube trains and a bus in the capital, fled afterwards but were caught within days after a huge manhunt by the Metropolitan Police.
Muktar Ibrahim, Yasin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Hussain Osman were later jailed for life in 2007 after being convicted of conspiracy to murder.
Liquid bomb plot
Back in 2006, a group of British al-Qaeda supporters planned to slaughter thousands of passengers by blowing seven planes out of the sky.
They intended to launch suicide bomb attacks on a string of transatlantic jets by creating liquid bombs disguised as soft drink bottles.
Police smashed the plot and Londoners Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar, and Tanvir Hussain were later jailed for conspiracy to commit mass murder.
Since then, there are strict restrictions on how much liquid travellers can carry in their hand luggage on flights.
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‘Three Musketeers’ gang
A gang of jihadis who dubbed themselves the Three Musketeers were caught in 2016 after planning to attack a police or military target.
Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain, and Mohibur Rahman were arrested after an undercover police sting in the West Midlands revealed their sinister plans, with weapons including a meat cleaver and partially-constructed pipe bomb discovered.
They were jailed for life in 2017, along with Tahir Aziz who joined the group days before the arrests.
The judge at the Old Bailey said it was only because of the work of undercover police and MI5 that a terrorist attack "involving a considerable loss of life" was stopped.
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UK’s first all-female terror cell
One of the more unusual cases in recent years involved the UK’s first all-female terror cell.
Londoner Mina Dich and her daughter Rizlaine Boular plotted an ISIS-inspired knife attack near the Houses of Parliament.
The pair, who discussed the plan in coded phone chats about holding an Alice in Wonderland tea party with Rizlaine cast as the Mad Hatter, were both jailed at the Old Bailey in 2018.
Younger daughter Safaa Boular – Britain’s youngest female terrorist – was also locked up the same year, aged 18.
She had tried to join ISIS militants in Syria and later planned an gun and grenade attack on London’s British Museum after her fiancé – an ISIS fighter – died.
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Teacher who tried to build ‘army of kids’
Another terror case which was smashed saw an ISIS fanatic try to create an “army of children” to carry out attacks.
Religious teacher Umar Hague groomed youngsters to join a “mini militia” and showed them twisted propaganda at a mosque in east London.
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His trial at the Old Bailey, where he was jailed for life in 2018, heard he plotted to use guns and a car bomb to hit 30 high-profile targets including London’s Big Ben.
One child told police he had been teaching them to fight so they would become “physically strong enough to fight” when they were older, as he was planning a big attack and wanted a “group of 300 men”.
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