Terrorism is an act that inflicts terror to individuals or a nation because it causes death
and massive destruction of property and resources. The first terrorism attack was reported in the
US in 1993, and the trend has been subsequent over the years. History depicts that terrorism was
developed in the 1980s by Islamic movements believed to have been empowered by the United
States when it ventured into Afghanistan with an aim of fighting Russia. The reason why Russia
became a threat to the US is because Russia shares a boundary with Afghanistan and the constant
leadership struggles that included coups in Afghanistan pushed Russia to extend its humanitarian
aid in order to help the citizens caught up in the war
. As time went by, leadership situation in
Afghanistan deteriorated and Russia completely got involved in Afghanistan’s political affairs by
imposing their preferred leader and sending thousands of its troops to the country. This move did
not please the US, who had planned to venture into Afghanistan because it was an attractive
pipeline channel. Therefore, in order to draw out Russia, US decided to fund the upcoming
opposition groups in Afghanistan, and Afghanistan became a battlefield that bred terrorism.
How terrorism was organized
The people who carried out terrorism were Islamic movements that have a link to the US trained
Mujahedeen, Taliban, and Al Qaeda. The first group to be formed by Islamic movements was
Mujahedeen. The group was supported by vast volunteers from Muslim radicals in forty-three
Islamic countries in North and East Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Far East.
Historians argue that the Mujahedeen was the group that bred Osama Bin Laden because it was
through this group that he attained influential movement leadership. After acquiring adequate
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