Terrorism Case Study

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Terrorism is a relatively new type of conflict that is extremely relevant in our modern world. It ultimately is the use of violence in order to achieve a political or ideological aim. Terrorism can be international or domestic but largely the FBI and CIA prevent many of the larger attacks from happening through extensive research and analysis of persons of interest (FBI.gov). It can take many different forms including suicide bombings, military coups, and even piracy. In May 1975 the SS Mayaguez was boarded by a sect of the Communist Cambodian government called Khmer Rouge. The SS Mayaguez was a cargo ship and was sailing in international waters, but the new Cambodian regime claimed this area and opened fire on the ship followed by boarding …show more content…
The Bojinka plot was one of these. This was a large scale plot that had three objectives. The first was to assassinate Pope John Paul II, then blow up 11 airliners, and crash a plane into the CIA headquarters. This plan was from Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Sheikh Mohammad for January 1995. Ultimately these attacks were never completed due to other failed test bombs in a mall, theater, and a 747 airliner. These attacks drew attention to themselves and landed them both in Guantanamo Bay Prison (History Commons). Although this was a big bust and saved a few thousand lives it is relatively unheard of by the general public. Unfortunately, not all of the terrorist attacks are foiled due to their secrecy and careful planning like the 9/11 …show more content…
Massoud was a powerful military commander and eventually became the Vice President of Afghanistan. He was involved in getting the Taliban ousted from power in the country. He was recognized as a national hero for this and has a holiday named after him. In 2001, just two days before the attack on the united states he was assassinated by suicide attackers (npr.org). The next step was directed at the United States specifically to four locations. They were targeting symbolic U.S. landmarks including the World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and the White House. Three of the four targets were hit, but the most damage and casualties was done at the World Trade Centers (History Commons). This is the attack that brought terrorism to the forefront of American knowledge. The attacks were orchestrated by Osama bin Laden, part of the Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda and was deemed a holy war against the United States for their involvement in Iraqi

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