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Part 1: The End of the Cold War, Desert Storm, and the New World Order Part 2: Islamic Resurgence and Global Terrorism. Lesson 26. The End of the Cold War Theme: The US emerges as the world’s only superpower. President Reagan.
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Reagan delivers his “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!” speech in 1987
US-supplied Stinger missiles helped the mujahedeen defeat Soviet forces in Afghanistan
The 1989 Romanian Revolution was a violent overthrow of the communist regime of Nicolae Ceauşescu
AP photo of Boris Yelstin atop an armored personnel carrier encouraging resistance to the coup
The United Nations adopted resolutions condemning Iraq and authorizing the use of force
Thirty-six countries (as well as Kuwait) contributed forcesCoalition Operations
Leaflets such as these deceived the Iraqis into thinking the main attack would be amphibious
US Third Army
Situation, February 28, 1991
CIA Director James Woolsey described the post-Cold War environment by saying, “We have slain a large dragon (the U.S.S.R.) — but we now live in a jungle filled with a bewildering variety of poisonous snakes. In many ways, the dragon was easier to keep track of.”
Warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid emerged as the dominant clan leader in Somalia
Deep gashes in the skulls of victims of the Rwanda genocide evidence the violence of their deaths
The Saudi Arabian Mutaween, or religious police, enforce the Islamic dress code
Supporters of Hizbut Tahrir, a hardline Muslim group, protesting in front of the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia
Members of the Islamic Jihad’s military wing, the Al-Quds Brigade, in Gaza
Part of the post-Desert Storm US military presence at Prince Sultan Air Base, 80 km south of Riyadh
CENTCOM Commander General Tommy Franks explains Operation Enduring Freedom
Terrorist bombing on the train station at Madrid killed 200 people and led to Spain’s withdrawing its forces from Iraq
Heightened security at events such as the Super Bowl has become a fact of life
The Department of Homeland Security was established as a result of September 11
Suicide bombings are a common part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Jemaah Islamiyah, which is suspected of having ties to al-Qaeda, is dedicated to establishing an Islamic fundamentalist state in Southeast Asia. With some 210 million Muslims, Indonesia has the largest Muslim population of any country in the world.
The US Secretary of State considers Iran to be one of the state sponsors of international terrorism.