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Al-Qaeda's Challenge to the United States

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  The United States began the war against terror before the declaration of terror as a threat to world peace. The United States continues to foster its efforts of liberating the oppressed and eliminating the terror groups within and outside her borders. The country, after the declarations by the Al Qaeda group in early 1990, started preparing her countermeasures. Initially, the countermeasures imitated by the United States of America entailed combating the group from its base. The government began by conducting strikes at the base camps of the militia group in an endeavour to disperse them and eliminate the group.

This measure saw the first military action, which entailed the US military conducting several strikes against the camps of Al Qaeda in Sudan and Afghanistan in 1998 less than a month after the 1998 bombings (Borgeson & Valeri, 2009, p 78). This retaliatory measure was swift and to the point, painting the reality of the war against terror to the Al Qaeda group. Since then, the country continues to institute several actions that focus on engaging the war on terrorism.

The country initiated further military action against the Al Qaeda group in 2001, in which it aimed to banish the Taliban dominance in Afghanistan. However, their efforts to capture the leader, Osama bin Laden failed as he escaped during the battle. However, this weakened their operations significantly, dispersing their base and creating some disorganization in the group. Further, in line with the military action against terror, another response that the US engaged in the formulation of anti-terrorism police and military units in their push to win the war against terror.

The country established units of well-trained and equipped military men aimed at specializing in the war against terror. These military units operate within the country and outside the country when called to act by providing support towards the fight against Al Qaeda (Aldrich, 2009, p. 125). At the national level, these units conduct activities such as thorough searches and surveillance in the country, seeking and gathering intelligence on the activities of Al Qaeda and their intended plans of terror. Moreover, the counterterrorism units in the police and military sections of the US also facilitate measures of acting on the intelligence gathered and thwarting the plans of any terror group planning attack.

These provide short-term responses to countering terrorism by preventing the attacks.  

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