The War on Terror, also known as the Global War on Terrorism is a phrase usually applied to an international military movement which started because of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. This resulted in an international military campaign to do away with al-Qaeda and other militant organizations. The United Kingdom and many other NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and non-NATO nations take part in the conflict.
The term ‘War On Terror’ was initially used by U.S President George W. Bush on 20 September 2001. The Bush administration and the Western media have ever since employed the term to indicate a global military, political, lawful, and conceptual struggle – targeting both organizations designated as terrorist and authorities accused of supporting them. It was normally used with a particular focus on militant Islamists, al-Qaeda, and other Jihadi groups.