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What I Know About The War on Terror K-W-L War on Terror What I Want to Learn About The War on Terror What I Learned About The War on Terror
The Pre-Cursor: The Soviet Union and Afghanistan War – 1979-1989
Al Qaeda was founded in 1988 by Osama bin Laden to consolidate the international network he established during the Afghan war. Its goals were the advancement of Islamic revolutions throughout the Muslim world and repelling foreign intervention in the Middle East.
"Iraq went from the fourth-largest army in the world to the second-largest army in Iraq in 100 hours" -Lieutenant General Tom Kelly The 1991 Gulf War Desert Storm
In approximately 1989, bin Laden and Muhammad Atef founded "Al Qaeda, an international terrorist group... which was dedicated to opposing non-Islamic governments with force and violence." One of the principal goals of Al Qaeda was to drive the United States armed forces out of Saudi Arabia (and elsewhere on the Saudi Arabian peninsula) and Somalia by violence. Jihad is the Arabic for what can be variously translated as "struggle" or "effort," or "to strive," "to exert," "to fight," depending on the context. In the West, the word is generally understood to mean "holy war," and the terms are given, inaccurately, exclusively military connotations.
Created in response to the September 11 attacks
Since 2001, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have topped 1 Trillion Dollars