Interesting Facts about War on Terror: Ensuring Peace and Stability

In the broadest sense, terrorism is the use of deliberately indiscriminate violence as a way of creating terror among the people; or fear to advance a religious, political, financial or ideological cause. In this regard, it’s used chiefly to refer to war against non-combatants or violence against peacetime targets.
The origin of the terms “terrorism” and “terrorist” dates back to the French Revolution of the late 18th century. However, the terms became popular during the Ronald Reagan Presidency (1981–89) after the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings and again after the attacks on Washington, D.C. and New York City in September 2001 and on Bali in October 2002.
The War on Terror refers to an international military campaign that started after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US. It has been going on since then.
George W. Bush, the United States President at the time, declared War on Terror. He stated that it would start with al-Qaeda, and it wouldn’t end with them. He further said that it would end when they’ve found and defeated every terrorist group in the world.
The US has spent more than $5 trillion on the War on Terror since 2001. The amount of money spent on the War on Terror exceeds the amount allocated to all other efforts in the United States to stop crime.
Here are some interesting facts about the War on Terror:
1. The terrorist attacks that spawned the War on Terror led to the death of more than 3000 people on September 11th, 2001.
2. The AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists) became law in the US on September 14th, 2001. The law gave the President the power to use any necessary force to pursue terrorists who planned and executed the September 11th attacks.
3. Government intelligence and the War on Terror has helped foil several other planned attacks on U.S. soil.
4. The September 11th, 2001 attacks in the US involved the terrorists of the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda flying two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center towers in New York City and flying a third plane into the Pentagon. The fourth plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, during an attempt by the passengers and crew to regain control.
5. The George W. Bush administration outlined the several objectives in the War on Terror including defeating terrorists such as Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and destroying their organizations; identifying, locating and destroying terrorists along with their organizations and members; denying support, sponsorship and sanctuary to terrorists, diminishing the underlying conditions that make it easy for terrorists to gain ground; and defending U.S. citizens and interests at home and abroad.
6. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigate potential terrorist attacks against the United States. When these U.S. intelligence agencies suspect a major attack, they often refer to it as a ‘wedding‘.
7. The military has led several Operations as part of the War on Terror including Operation Enduring Freedom (war in Afghanistan), Operation Active Endeavour (naval operation, 2001), Operation Enduring Freedom (Horn of Africa), and Operation Enduring Freedom (Trans Sahara), Operation Enduring Freedom (Philippines), Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Inherent Resolve, and Operation New Dawn.
8. The al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, along with his fellow terrorists left Afghanistan and fled to Pakistan as the War on Terror progressed.
9. In the last 20 years, an average of 162 people die from terrorism every year in the United States. Each year more than 68,800 people from the flu, more than 685,940 die from heart disease and 17,213 from falls.
10. Eventually, U.S military killed Osama bin Laden on May 1st, 2011 after tracking him down for almost ten years. The Al Qaeda leader had been hiding in a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
11. It’s estimated that about 36 percent of Americans believe in the conspiracy theory that the United States government was either behind the 9/11 attacks or knew about them in advance and purposefully did nothing.

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