Contemporary America History
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A territory in the Middle East that is disputed with Israel.
Independent Jewish nation founded in 1948 in Palestine (after WWII). US ally and ignited resentment among the predominately Muslim Middle East.
Six Day War
Tension between Arabs and Israelis erupted into a brief war resulting in Israeli expansion.
Yom Kippur War
1973 war between Israel and Egypt/Syria in which Israel defeated the two capturing land from each.
Slow economic growth and high unemployment (stagnation) while prices rise (inflation).
Camp David Accords
A peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in which Israel was recognized by an Arab state.
US (western) president who arranged the Camp David Accords.
Iranian Revolution of 1953
The removal of the Shah of Iran for Mosaddegh, who wanted to nationalize Iran's oil, which was then interrupted by the CIA creating US and Iranian tensions.
A Persian title meaning "king". King of Iran.
Iranian Revolution of 1979
Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah and founded aIslamic theocracy.
Iranian Hostage Crisis
1979 kidnapping of American Embassy hostages in Iran, following the revolution.
Religious differences (Shiite v. Sunni) led to war in which the West backs Iraq.
Iraqi dictator who waged war against Iran and killed non-Sunni Iraqis.
A branch of Islam. Iraqi leadership was Sunni.
A branch of Islam. Iran was 90% Shiite.
Persian Gulf War
Fought between the United States and Iraq to free Kuwait from Iraqi invaders in 1991.
A well-financed worldwide network of Islamic extremists.
Radical Muslim government that controlled Afghanistan until it was disbanded in 2002.
Osama Bin Ladin
Leader of al-Queda, responsible for the planning of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"Struggle". Interpreted by some to give justification for violence.
1993 WTC Attacks
al-Qaeda car bombing of the World Trade Center in which 6 people were killed.
2001 WTC Attacks
al-Qaeda plane bombing of the World Trade Center in which thousands were killed.
Use of violence against people or property to force change (many definitions to this word).
War in Afghanistan
Fought remove the Taliban government that supported al-Qaeda.
Weapons of Mass Destruction.
War in Iraq (2003)
Efforts by the United States to overthrow Saddam Hussein as leader of Iraq.
1st African-American to be elected President, pledged to be more transparent in foreign and domestic affairs.
Military base granted to the US in Cuba which is now used as a prison for suspected terrorist.