|Terrorist have struck in just about every country of the world. Sometimes terrorist groups coordinate attacks on more than one target at the same time. On September 11, 2001 terrorists attacked in a new and unexpected way. The terrorist group called Al-Qaeda and an unknown number of groups that would like to destroy the United States and their allies, attacked more than 80 countries at one time. They did this by hijacking airliners filled with fuel and used them as bombs to destroy the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and at least one more target in the United States that is unidentified because one plane did not strike its target. Citizens from many nations were at work on the day of the attacks. The map below shows the countries that lost citizens on September 11, 2001 when they were killed in the terrorist attacks.|
|Terrorist Networks||Terrorist Cells|
Terrorist groups send smaller groups of terrorists, that belong to the larger group, to places around the world. All of these smaller groups of terrorists, called cells, are sent all over the world. These groups are connected together forming a wide network of terrorists who can strike at any place all over the world.
All terrorist networks have a leader who makes decisions about all of the activities of terrorists groups.
do not work alone. They work together in small groups that belong to the
larger terrorist network. Sometimes different terrorist organizations work
together when carrying out their acts of terror.
The world is working together to uncover terrorist cells. Al-Qaeda has more terrorist cells all over the world than any other terrorist group. The terrorists who hijacked the planes and used them to kill so many people were living together in Al-Qaeda cells in Florida.
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|Zhawar Kili Al-Badr Camp (West), Afghanistan|
|Terrorists are trained in camps that are set up by terrorist organizations. These camps are all over the world and sometimes terrorist organizations work together to train men who want to join their groups.|
|Counter terrorism is how a country responds to stop terrorism. The FBI, CIA, Department of Defense, and the international community are working together to identify and find terrorists living either alone or in cells around the world. Many countries around the world formed a coalition, with the United States leading them, into a war against terrorism in Afghanistan. All of these counter terrorism activities are a response to the terrorist attacks that took place in the United States of American on September 11, 2001. While countries have worked together to stop terrorism before September 11th, it has never been such a global effort before. Counter terrorism will be a world issue until terorism is no longer a threat to the international community.|
|Tools of Counter Terrorism||United States Office of Counter Terrorism|
United States Counter Terrorism Policy
|How has the world responded to terrorism?|
|Terrorism has always been a problem, but until recently it has become large enough for the world to come together to fight against terrorism. The world community has responded to the terrorist attacks in the United States with full support from all countries that do not support terrorism. The response from the world have made it possible to work to stop terrorism. The efforts of the world community to work together has made it possible for them to work against terrorism using diplomacy, law enforcement, intelligence, financial investigation, military action, and humanitarian aid. Many terrorists and their supporters have been arrested, places that raised money for terrorist activities have been shut down, and camps where terrorists train have been destroyed. In order for the war against terrorism to succeed, the world must work together until terrorism is finished.|
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