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The War on Terror Primary Sources

Historical documents. What clues can you gather about the time, place, players, and culture?

Colin Powell’s Makes the Case for War

Secretary of State Colin Powell’s presentation before the United Nations the month before the United States went to war in Iraq.

9/11 Commission Report

The report released by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, an independent, bipartisan committee established by Congress, is available here.

Bin Laden’s Fatwa

Osama Bin Laden’s 1996 declaration of war against the United States is available here.

Hostage Diary

Robert C. Ode, one of the American hostages held by Iran from 1979-1980, kept a diary during his 444 days of captivity.  It is available here. 

Lessons from the Soviet War in Afghanistan

The National Security Archive has made available several declassified documents from the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

Documents from Camp David

The Carter Library has posted a collection of documents and photographs chronicling the Camp David Accords.

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