The Middle East has always had a violent
TheAssyrians, arguably the most violent
group in history, were from the region.
Egypt and Babylon fought for control
thousands of years ago.
More recently, wars have broken out between
Jewish people and Palestinians, Iraqis and
Iranians, Syrians…..and Syrians!
When Israel became a
II), the Palestinians
began attacking Israel
(see previous notes!) and
The region also has
much of the world’s oil
reserves, sparking wars
to control it.
For example, Iraq, led
by Saddam Hussein,
invaded Kuwait, an oil
America was allies with
Kuwait so we jumped in
to save them and
sparked the Persian
America won and
Saddam was told to
obey UN laws.
TheWar onTerror began on September 11, 2001
when four American planes were hijacked by Muslim
2 planes crashed into theWorldTrade Center, one
into the Pentagon, and one in a field in
declared a “war on
terrorism” as a result
of the attacks.
Al Qaeda was found to
be responsible and its
leader was Osama Bin
Laden, a man formerly
trained by the United
States to fight the
Bin Laden and Al Qaeda
were based in
The government of
refused to allow America
access to get Bin Laden.
This prompted the
invasion of Afghanistan.
America quickly defeated theTaliban and
brought democracy (voting) to the people.
A government was established with an
In spite of these accomplishments, terrorist
attacks continue today inAfghanistan.
After the Persian GulfWar, Saddam’s weapons
As a part of theWar onTerror,America
investigated Iraq forWeapons of Mass
Believing such weapons existed, America and a
coalition of countries invaded Iraq and brought
democracy to Iraq also.