According to dictionary.com, terrorism is the use of
violence and threats to intimidate or coerce,
especially for political purposes.
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The War in Afghanistan is an ongoing fight which began on
October 7, 2001, as a retaliation to the September 11,
2001, attacks on the U.S. & the World Trade Center. The
war evolved from a violent struggle between the U.S. and
Al-Qaeda and it’s Taliban followers. “The War on Terror is
the campaign launched by the United States of America
under the presidency of George W. Bush with the support
of the United Kingdom and other countries” (War on
Terror). In 1996 Al-Qaeda, led by Osama Bin Laden, formed
a large base of operations in Afghanistan where the Taliban
had taken control the year before. Terrorists are active in
many countries; they are not just present in Iraq & the
Middle East. The main terroristic attack in the 21st century
was the destruction of the twin towers. However, many
other attacks have taken place such as, the bus bombings
in London, the bombings of the London underground, & the
bombings in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
•Who? United States, army, marines etc. United Kingdom: SAS, army. Al-Qaeda
is an Islamic group founded in the late 1980s. It is a network of Muslims whose
ultimate goal is Jihad (the duty of all Muslims). Al-Qaeda has attacked civilians
and military targets many times. They are most famous for the September 11th
attacks on the twin towers. Techniques used by Al-Qaeda include suicide
bombings and simultaneous bombings on famous targets. Suspects of these
bombings are either wannabe Al-Qaeda who take a pledge before Osama Bin
Laden or Al-Qaeda members that have received training in an Al-Qaeda camp
in Afghanistan. USA and UK entered the war after the September 11th attacks
on New York and Washington D.C. The USA and the UK are still involved in the
•What? The war on terrorism. This is a war between the United states and
allied countries vs. Terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Taliban. The war is
taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan. The death toll of U.S military is up to
around 3000 combatants. Al-Qaeda are fighting for Allah and Jihad. Written in
the Quran it states that the duty of all Muslims is to take out the supreme
countries. A.K.A USA and UK.
Interesting fact-In Iraq the U.S military death toll is 2,974 military members.
The death toll on 9/11 was 2,973.
When The Iraq war began on March 20th, 2003. The war on
terror has been an ongoing problem.
Where- All over the world, but mainly Iraq. Iraq is a
country in Western Asia bordered by Jordan and Syria. It
has agricultural capability & contrasts with the steppe &
desert location that occupies most of Western Asia. It has
two major rivers, the Euphrates & the Tigris. It was
founded in 1932, & as of March, 96,000 troops occupy the
Why- The U.S. wanted to get revenge on Al-Qaeda for the
September 11 bombings of New York City & Washington
D.C. Terrorism is an act of hate & violence used to
terrorize another country. The United States lost thousands
of people on September 11, 2001, & wanted to avenge
It was just a normal day in New York City. At approximately
8:50 A.M., hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 11 into
Tower One of the World Trade Center. Following this, at
9:04 A.M., United Airlines Flight 175 came plummeting into
Tower Two of the World Trade Center. At 10:00 A.M., Tower
Two crashed to the ground. This horrible picture was
repeated at 10:30 A.M. when Tower One crashed to the
ground. This attack was the death of around 3,000 men,
women, & children. The weeks following 9/11, the
American people joined forces & donated money, blood,
and effort to those affected by the terroristic attacks.
President George W. Bush immediately took action &
called for all Allied Nations to fight terrorism. The attacks
were definitely carried out by Al-Qaeda agents; the
Pentagon also suffered.
INTERESTING FACT- Tower Two hit the ground before Tower
One. However, Tower One was hit first
In 2004 Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for
the 9/11 attacks in 2001, however September 16th
2001 Osama bin Laden broadcasted he had nothing to
do with this. A video later in 2001 showed that Osama
bin Laden had prior knowledge about this catastrophe
when he was talking with Khalid al-Harbi. The
translator who translated this video said the Arabic
was problematic so he could not be held to his words.
However in the 2004 video Osama bin Laden admitted
he directed the nineteen hijackers, and also in his
video he accused George Bush of not putting as much
care as he should of in the hijacking of September
INTERESTING FACT- Osama bin Laden said he got his
idea for the attack of the World Trade Center from
watching the destruction of the 1982 Lebanon War.
Not only did American suffer on American soil,
but other Americans have suffered around
Pearl was abducted January 23, 2002 when he was on his way to
interview with Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilan at a village restaurant
downtown. The kidnappers thought he was a member of the CIA.
The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani
Sovereignty was the group that kidnapped Pearl. A message was
sent to the US saying "We give you one more day if America will
not meet our demands we will kill Daniel. Then this cycle will
continue and no American journalist could enter Pakistan."They
demands that Pakistan wanted included the freeing of all
Pakistani terror detainees, and the release of a halted U.S.
shipment of F-16 fighter jets to the Pakistani government. A
video was also sent to the US showing the decapitation of Pearl.
Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. Is who US believed was in charge of
the kidnapping was arrested along with people who were
believed to be involved.
INTERESTING FACT-Pearl’s body was found cut up into 10 pieces
in a shallow grave.
On July 7, 2005, in London, England, a series of suicide
bombings occurred on London’s public transport system
during rush hour. Four Muslim men committed these
attacks; they were motivated by Britain's involvement in
the Iraq war. At 8:50 A.M., 3 bombs exploded on the
London underground. A fourth bomb exploded at 9:47 A.M.
on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square. The bombs
were homemade, packed into rucksacks, & set off by
bombers themselves. All four of the bombers died along
with 52 other people; 700 were injured. The four men
responsible for these bombings were Mohammad Sidique
Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Germaine Lindsay, & Hasib
Hussain. They were illegal in England & were recorded on
CCTV approximately one hour before the bombings.
INTERESTING FACT- A conspiracy theory states that the
bombs were planted by the British secret service in an
effort for support of British people.
On November 27, 2009 in Uglovka, Russia there was a
powerful bomb and it sent a high power and speed St.
Petersburg train causing it to come off the tracks. It
exploded 400 kilometers northwest of Moscow. Alexander
Bortnikov, head of Russia’s Federal Service found an
explosive that was detonated to go off at approximately
9:30 p.m. When the train ran over it a 1.5 metre crater
and wreckage over the track was left. Russia in the recent
years has became accustomed to the terrorism attacks,
including the seizure of the Dubrovka theatre in October
2002 and also the kidnapping of more than 1,000 hostages
in a Beslan school in 2004. The southern boarder is used to
attacks, the Nevsky Express appeared to anger Russia.
Interesting Fact- President Dmitry Medvedev called for
calm Saturday. "We need there to be no chaos, because the
situation is tense as it is.“ (The Star 1).
On December 12, 1983, the U.S. & French embassies,
along with the Kuwait International Airport, were
attacked by the Islamic Dawa Party. Then, in May of
1985, an assassination was attempted but not
successful against Sheikh Jaber Al-Sabah, the
“prince” of Kuwait. On November 21, 2002, two
American contractors with Tapestry Corporation were
injured while driving when a Kuwaiti police shot at
them within close distance. Later on, in January 31,
2005, Kuwait Police access a terrorist cell that
belonged to the Peninsula Lions. Five members and a
local civilian were killed. The most reported
terrorism attacks was in August 11, 2009, when
Kuwaiti authorities arrested six people that were
thought to be planning attack on U.S. troops. The
group was commonly thought to be tied to Al-Qaeda.
What is one way America is trying to stop
Waterboarding is a torturing method used against the terrorism suspects, it was
approved by the Justice Department under President George W. Bush for use by
the Central Intelligence Agency. However, the second day Barack Obama
entered office this system was no longer allowed. During the Bush
administration, this technique was not seen as torture as argued by lawyer,
General Michael B. Mukasey. However, Eric H. Holder Jr, president Barrack
Obama's attorney clearly stated it was torture in January 2009. He argues that
we prosecuted our own soldiers for doing it in Vietnam. Because of this Barack
Obama ordered that the only interrogation methods used could be those found
in the Army Field Manual. On the other side, waterboarding has been used
since the Spanish Inquisition and has become one of the more popular methods
of getting information. This technique is used to create the feeling of drowning
without causing an actual death. The "suspected terrorist" are strapped to an
inclined board, immobilized and their head positioned lower than their feet,
and sometimes there is a covering of the faced. This is used to trigger the gag
reflex and to chock this suspect.
Interesting Fact- "In other cases, the subject's head is submerged under water
or his mouth is forced open and water is poured down his throat." (New York
For- The people for the Against- The people who
method of waterboarding seem to be against the
seem to be republicans, idea of waterboarding are
such as; George W. Bush, democrats, such as;
who see this as a way to Barack Obama. It is seem
get information, by as a way of torturing and
tricking the terrorist should not be used, and
suspects into thinking they does not reflect the
are drowning. United States in a good
Groups Point of View: We see waterboarding as a clever and an
unharmful way to receive useful information from without harming a
In conclusion, terrorism & the hate it brings
has influenced all of the world. People have
been both wrongly & rightly accused of the
acts, & dates back to the 11th century. It is
highly discussed as to what terrorism is &
isn’t. In our opinion, is those who seek to
disrupt, reorder, or destroy a common
community. Our current state of terrorism
lies between America & Islamic societies. It
is now mainly influenced in Pakistan &
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