Terrorism: New Century, New War

As America prepares for military action in the war against terrorism there are more questions than answers. Who is the enemy? What is the new terrorism? How will the world respond to the first war of the twenty-first century?

The World Today Updated 26 October 2020 Published 1 October 2001 4 minute READ

Mariyam Hasham

Within hours of the attacks on America, the Saudi dissident Osama Bin Laden had been named as the main suspect. Newspaper stories paint him as either a terrorist mastermind, reaching beyond anything previously attributable to Abu Nidal or Carlos, or at the forefront of a militant and fundamentalist revival of Islam. A hardened veteran from the Afghan wars against the Soviet Union, Bin Laden has previously issued declarations of war against the US because of its secularism and pro-Israeli policies. He has always denied involvement in terrorist violence.

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