The response of the USA and its allies

The 'war on terror'

Image showing President George W. Bush
President George W. Bush

‘War on terror’ was first used by President George W. Bush to explain the military, political, legal and ideological struggle against organisations which had been labeled as terrorist.

‘War on terror’ also refers to the actions of the USA and its allies against governments that provided these organisations with support or those which posed a threat to the USA and its allies.

The aims of the ‘war on terror’ include:

  • Defeat those who had been associated with terrorist attacks, such as Osama bin Laden.
  • Identify, locate and destroy terrorists along with their organisations, such as Al-Qaeda.
  • Stop those who gave sponsorship, support and sanctuary to terrorists.
  • Defend the citizens of the USA and its allies at home and abroad.