Presentation on theme: "Review for Quest War on Terrorism War in Iraq. War on Terrorism September 11, 2001 – terrorist attacks on United States blamed on Al Qaeda Al Qaeda terrorist."— Presentation transcript:
War on Terrorism September 11, 2001 – terrorist attacks on United States blamed on Al Qaeda Al Qaeda terrorist network led by Osama bin Laden Mission: wage holy war on enemies of Arabs and/or Muslims hates United States for involvement in Middle East, Desert Storm (Iraq), Israel was operating out of Afghanistan at the time of 9/11
Afghanistan fought off invasion of the Soviet Union in 1980s Civil War followed amongst group trying to get control of the country Taliban takes control (OPPRESSIVE!!!!!!) Taliban allows Osama bin Laden to operate out of country Refuses to assist or turn him over after 9/11 United States along with other countries remove Taliban from power and attempt to eliminate Al Qaeda activities there
Current Situation in Afghanistan US Casualties Taliban and Al Qaeda have been removed from power, but still present in small pockets in the country. They want the US and International Peacekeepers to leave Afghanistan. 2004=522005=992006=982007=1172008=150 2001=122002=482003=48
War in Iraq Saddam Hussein – was leader of Iraq from 1979-2003 Was not cooperating with UN Nuclear weapons inspections US led invasion of Iraq – March 2003 May 1, 2003 – Invasion complete
Current Situation in Iraq 138 Americans died during invasion 4,188 have died to date (Oct 29, 2008) Civil War between Shi’ite and Sunnis wanting to get control Insurgent attacks target US led forces and Iraqi security forces seen as collaborators.
Stay - we'd unleash a bloodbath, hand al-Qaeda and Iran huge victories, destabilize the Persian Gulf and empower terrorists everywhere to attack our allies and our homeland. Go - force the Iraqis to take control of their destinies, deny Al-Qaeda its best recruiting tool, save the $10 billion a month that we are spending on the war and rescue the U.S. Army and Marine Corps before they both collapse.