Global War On Terrorism And Terrorism

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Global War On Terrorism

The attack executed in the United States on September 11, 2001 was one of the worst attacks and acts of war ever seen in U.S. history. On that day 2,996 innocent people were killed, over 6,000 people were injured, and about $10 billion in structural and infrastructure damages was caused. The cost added up to $3 trillion in total.

The Global War on Terrorism is a metaphor of war referring to the global military campaign led by the United States of America. The war is a NATO operation being led by the U.S. Being a NATO operation, it automatically brings more than 20 allies to the U.S.’s side of the conflict. The U.S. also has multiple non-NATO allies in the War on Terror. The war has been ongoing for just over 15 years, and has been one of the longest wars in the history of the U.S. The location is global, of course, it is in the name. The war is not set in just one location because of the fact that terrorists operate in cells spread out the world, instead of one single army. A lot like how different street gangs are spread throughout a city. Even though there is not a set location, most of the conflict is centralized in the Middle East. Specifically the countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan and recently in Syria.

The main issue with terrorism is that it is a strategy which uses both intimidation and violence in the pursuit of political, religious or ideological gain. Most acts of terrorism involve the killing of innocent people
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