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The name Al-Qaeda when translated from Arabic means “the base.” In essence, this means that this organization is the base for terror. Al-Qaeda has become one of the most feared and hated organizations of our time. Under the leadership of Osama bin Laden, these extremists have carried out bombings and attacks in dozens of countries over the years. Their most infamous attack took place on September 11, where more than 3000 people were killed. War was declared on this terror group and is still on going to this day.
What most people forget is that Al-Qaeda is not a bottom-to-top organization. It is a loose alliance of groups that fight under a single name. Each groups goal is to end Islamic oppression in the world and wipe out non-believers of Islam. Together, they unite under one name and commit terrorist attacks around the world in Israel, Europe, and the United States of America. This group began during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan when the CIA gave weapons to Arab Mujahadeen to combat the Russians.
Once the war was over, the armed militias formed together under Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden’s goal was to wipe out what he saw as western oppression of the Arab world. Throughout the nineties, he was financed by many Arab leaders including Saddam Hussein. He used his finances to commit terrorist attacks including bombing the USS Cole, and the attempted destruction of the Twin Towers in the early 1990s. However, Bin Laden and his fellow terrorists sought to attack America at their heart.
For many years they devised a plan to simultaneously attack national landmarks that would kill as many Americans as possible and weaken the morale of the people. On September 11 these attacks were carried out and thousands were killed. Within a month, Coalition forces arrived in Afghanistan and shut down the Al-Qaeda training camps. Al-Qaeda leaders were taken prisoner and the terrorist infrastructure was weakened. Soon it was realized that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had financed and supported terrorist organizations and was in possession of weapons of mass destruction.
In 2003, Iraq was invaded. The Iraqi government and army was defeated and freedom came to the Iraqis. However, the situation worsened within a few months. Many American troops were being killed and the weapons of mass destruction were not found. Al-Qaeda insurgents became a major threat to the country and are still threatening the peace of Iraq’s new democracy.