Today in History 2

Today in History – September 20

2001– During a televised address to a joint session of the United States Congress, U.S. President George W. Bush declared (and coined the phrase) a ” war on terror” against Al-Qaeda and other global terrorist groups.
This action started as a result of the 9/11 bombing of the World Trade Center in New york. Many NATO and non-NATO countries participated in the conflict and became widespread across the different continents.
Civilian as well as military personnel that are held as prisoners or detainees by the U.S. in the War on Terrorism are neither considered suspected criminals, nor prisoner of war, but unlawful combatants, denied protection by the Geneva Conventions.



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