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National Strategy for Combating Terrorism

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America is at war with a transnational terrorist movement fueled by a radical ideology of hatred, oppression, and murder. Our National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, first published in February 2003, recognizes that we are at war and that protecting and defending the Homeland, the American people, and their livelihoods remains our first and most solemn obligation. This updated strategy sets the course for winning the War on Terror. It builds directly from the National Security Strategy issued in March 2006 as well as the February 2003 National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, and incorporates our increased understanding of the enemy. From the beginning, we understood that the War on Terror involved more than simply finding and bringing to justice those who had planned and executed the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Our strategy involved destroying the larger al-Qaida network and also confronting the radical ideology that inspired others to join or support the terrorist movement. Since 911, we have made substantial progress in degrading the al-Qaida network, killing or capturing key lieutenants, eliminating safe havens, and disrupting existing lines of support. In response to our efforts, the terrorists have adjusted, and so we must continue to refine our strategy to meet the evolving threat. As laid out in this strategy, to win the War on Terror, we will do the following 1 Advance effective democracies as the long-term antidote to the ideology of terrorism 2 Prevent attacks by terrorist networks 3 Deny weapons of mass destruction to rogue states and terrorist allies who seek to use them 4 Deny terrorists the support and sanctuary of rogue states 5 Deny terrorists control of any nation they would use as a base and launching pad for terror and 6 Lay the foundations and build the institutions and structures we need to carry the fight forward against terror and help ensure our ultimate success.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Unconventional Warfare

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