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10 year timeline of anti-terror campaign
« on: September 11, 2011, 09:04:20 AM »

-- On Oct. 7, the United States launched large-scale military strikes against Afghanistan as the Taliban regime refused to hand over al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden, and the Afghanistan War broke out.

-- On Oct. 26, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act into law, granting related authorities more powers for surveillance and search in the name of safeguarding American national security interests.

-- On Nov. 3, Bush issued a directive, approving the establishment of military tribunals to try foreign terrorist suspects.


-- On April 17, the U.S. Defense Department announced the establishment of the U.S. Northern Command in charge of homeland defense.

-- On June 12, Bush signed a presidential directive to counter biological terrorism threats, including anthrax attacks.

-- On July 16, Bush officially promulgated the United States' first National Strategy for Homeland Security, requiring measures be taken to intensify homeland security to prevent terror attacks in the United States similar to the 9/11 event.

-- On Sept. 20, the Bush administration published its initial National Security Strategy, which for the first time formally proposed a "pre-emption doctrine" to combat terrorists and enemy countries.

-- Bush signed an act to establish the Department of Homeland Security.


-- On Feb. 14, the Bush administration unveiled the National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, saying Washington would lead the fight to where the terrorists hide and take unilateral action if necessary.

-- On March 20, the United States launched a war against Iraq under the pretext that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and had links with Osama Bin Laden.


-- On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Bush did not have the power to set up military tribunals to try terrorist suspects. The U.S military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, suspended its operations after the ruling.


-- On Feb. 6, Bush approved the establishment of the U.S. Africa Command to coordinate such affairs as security and anti-terrorism. In October, the command was officially established, with headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.


-- On July 10, Bush signed a bill into law, allowing the government, without the permit of a court, to do eavesdropping on overseas telecommunications in the need of fighting terrorism.


-- On Aug. 18, the last contingent of American military combat troops was withdrawn from Iraq, and the United States' seven-year-long combat operation there ended.


-- On May 1, the United States initiated a military raid in Pakistan that killed Bin Laden.

-- On June 29, the White House released the National Strategy for Counterterrorism, focusing on defeating al-Qaida and preventing homeland security threats from domestic terrorists.