War on Terror

By: Linda Chen

Bush's involvement

In the early months of his administration Bush's only Middle East concern was Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction. After the attacks on 9/11 Bush asked members of his administration to find any link anything between 9/11 and Saddam Hussein. Nothing was found.

On Oct. 7, 2001 Bush ordered an attack on Afghanistan's Taliban regime. By early December, U.S. who backed Afghan forces had reclaimed the country's major cities.

U.S. and Afghan forces were stuck down in the Afghan mountains around Tora Bora near the Pakistani border. Osama bin Laden escaped to Pakistan along with thousands of Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters. Bush's failure to capture Bin Laden at Tora Bora would credit the name "War on terror" for the next seven years.

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Obama's Involvement

The term War on Terror was originally used with a focus on countries associated with Islamic terrorism organizations such as al-Qaeda.

In 2013 President Barack Obama announced that the United States was no longer in the War on Terror. He claims that our military focus should be on specific enemies rather than a wide location or an area. He also stated, "We must define our effort not as a boundless Global War on Terror but rather as a series of precise and targeted efforts to demolish specific networks of violent extremists that threaten America.

The pulling out of American troops in Iran and Iraq has caused smaller terrorist groups to grow and forming strong alliances. Such groups could be the modern day ISIS. ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has been growing over time and they have money funded to them and they will attack villages and just mass murder. ISIS has also been involved in shootings and bombings all around the world. (Boston and Paris)