Iraq

Since 9/11 the United States military has been aggressively fighting terrorism all over the world, increasingly using the most elite units. 

Unlike most conventional forces, special operations soldiers are given plenty of freedom to solve complex problems out in the field. 

Al-‘Ahd: Radical Shi’ite Islamist Channel in Iraq Controlled by an Iran-backed Militia

“Make no mistake, our strong presence in the Middle East endures, and the United States will never waver in defense of our allies, our partners, or our interests.”

From the Boston Marathon bombings to a recent attack on the Westgate Mall in Kenya, 2013 has seen a spike in terrorism worldwide. Even as the U.S. uses military force to try and weaken Al Qaeda and affiliated groups, it is grappling with how to fight terrorism on another front -- battling the extremist ideas and ideologies that drive the violence. It is a battle that is waged in schools, mosques, community centers and any other place you might find potential terror recruits.

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