A terrifying terrorist!

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A terrifying terrorist!

  1. 1. A Look at theWar onTerror
  2. 2.  The Middle East has always had a violent history.  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!
  3. 3.  When Israel became a country (afterWorldWar II), the Palestinians began attacking Israel (see previous notes!) and America supported Israel.  The region also has much of the world’s oil reserves, sparking wars to control it.
  4. 4.  For example, Iraq, led by Saddam Hussein, invaded Kuwait, an oil rich country.  America was allies with Kuwait so we jumped in to save them and sparked the Persian GulfWar.  America won and Saddam was told to obey UN laws.
  5. 5.  TheWar onTerror began on September 11, 2001 when four American planes were hijacked by Muslim terrorists.  2 planes crashed into theWorldTrade Center, one into the Pentagon, and one in a field in Pennsylvania.
  6. 6.  President Bush declared a “war on international 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 Soviet Union.
  7. 7.  Bin Laden and Al Qaeda were based in Afghanistan.  The government of Afghanistan, theTaliban, refused to allow America access to get Bin Laden.  This prompted the invasion of Afghanistan.
  8. 8.  America quickly defeated theTaliban and brought democracy (voting) to the people.  A government was established with an American-appointed president.  In spite of these accomplishments, terrorist attacks continue today inAfghanistan.
  9. 9.  After the Persian GulfWar, Saddam’s weapons were limited.  As a part of theWar onTerror,America investigated Iraq forWeapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs).  Believing such weapons existed, America and a coalition of countries invaded Iraq and brought democracy to Iraq also.

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