On 20 September, 2002 – one year later – the Republican US
president warned that the war on terror began with Al-Qaeda but “does not
“It will not end until every terrorist group of global
reach has been found, stopped and defeated,” stated Bush.
Geneive Abdo, a fellow in the Middle East programme at the
Washington-based Stimson Center, told Ahram Online that the US government is at
times unaware of how terminology is understood in the Middle East.
“The ‘war on
terror’ has been understood in the Arab world to mean a war on Islam.
Therefore, this phrase should be omitted from the discourse on extremism,”
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