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Patterns of Global Terrorism 2001

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In 2001, terrorism cast its lethal shadow across the globe-yet the worlds resolve to defeat it has never been greater. Country by country, region by region, we have strengthened law enforcement and intelligence cooperation and we have tightened border controls to make it harder for terrorists to move about, communicate, and plot. One by one, we are severing the financial bloodlines of terrorist organizations. But the campaign against international terrorism isnt only about Afghanistan and bringing the perpetrators, planners, and abettors of the September 11 attacks to account. It is also about bringing the international communitys combined strengths to bear against the scourge of terrorism in its many manifestation s throughout the world. The terrorist threat is global in scope, many faceted, and determined. The worlds response must be equally comprehensive, multi-dimensional, and steadfast. We and our Coalition partners must be prepared to conduct a long, hard campaign, measured in years and fought on many fronts with every tool of statecraft-political, diplomatic, legal, economic, financial, intelligence, and when necessary, military. In this global campaign against terrorism, no country has the luxury of remaining on the sidelines. There are no sidelines. Terrorists respect no limits, geographic or moral. The frontlines are everywhere and the stakes are high. Terrorism not only kills people. It also threatens democratic institutions, undermines economies, and destabilizes regions. This chilling report details the very clear and present danger that terrorism poses to the world and the efforts that the United States and our partners in the international community are making to defeat it.

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  • Unconventional Warfare

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