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- proper n. An ongoing campaign by the United States (and some of its allies) the stated aim of which is to counter international terrorism, but especially to counter al-Qaeda and other militant Muslim groups.
- proper n. The common term for the military, political, legal and ideological conflict against Islamic terrorism, and specifically used in reference to operations by the United States, in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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Ann Coulter, Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism New York: Crown, 2003, page 16.
Douglas J. Feith, War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism New York: HarperCollins, 2008.
Within that Puzzle Palace, an accidental acronym was formed when the phrase Global War on Terrorism became popular among military briefers and point-sheet writers.