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The War on Terror (WOT), also known as the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), is a term applied to the international military campaign that started after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The campaign led to an international campaign to eliminate al-Qaeda and other militant organizations. The United States and many other NATO and non-NATO nations participated in the campaign.

The phrase "War on Terror" was first used by U.S. President George W. Bush on 20 September 2001. The Bush administration and the western media have since used the term to argue a global military, political, lawful, and conceptual struggle against both organizations designated terrorist and regimes accused of supporting them. It was originally used with a particular focus on Muslim countries associated with Islamic terrorism organizations including al-Qaeda and like-minded organizations.

Although the term War on Terror is no longer officially used by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama (which prefers the term Overseas Contingency Operation), it is still commonly used by politicians, the media and in some official governmental aspects, including the US military's Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

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