The U.S. health system is ill-equipped to manage the fallout from a large-scale bioterrorist attack. But the threats are clear. Learn about our level of preparedness, plus the facts about anthrax, smallpox, botulism, plague, tularemia, nerve agents and mustard agents.

An invisible arsenal: Biological and chemical terrorism [60K PDF]
What you can do to prepare [650K PDF]

Q & A on anthrax
Ask the doctor: UW's Dr. Henry Rosen answers readers' questions
Bioterrorism a real threat; are we ready?
Local companies sniffing out threats from unseen enemy
July 26, 2001: U.S. rejects plan to curb germ warfare

The CDC's site on anthrax

Who is Osama Bin Laden?

He is an engineer who was born into a wealthy Saudi family. He once received money from the CIA. Now he calls his followers to a holy war against the United States. Find out more.

From U.S. friend to foe
Inside the Taliban: How bin Laden, Afghanistan and the Taliban intersect
  Bin Laden's message to America


The U.S. government charges that Osama bin Laden heads an international terrorist network called "al-Qaida," an Arabic word meaning "the base." It is thought to be composed of cells operating in 35 countries but is an amorphous entity.
Bin Laden's lieutenants
Funding, strength and structure
Countries where al-Qaida is believed to operate


Terrorist groups Terrorist acts
The vision of a holy war, or jihad, excludes any possibility of compromise. In contrast with Palestinian extremists in the 1970s and '80s, the goal now is not to negotiate with the West, but to destroy it. Why?

Learn more about known groups and their tactics.
  Profiles of terrorist groups
  The new terrorism: Global in scope, it's based not on politics but fervor
  Terror's changing tactics: Assimilation, technology pose security challenges
  President Bush's sanctions list
  President Bush's most-wanted list

The U.S. has been relatively sheltered from acts of terrorism. These maps and charts detail where and how many.

  Terrorist attacks against the U.S. since 1985
  World and U.S. hijackings since 1970



Related links
  Report: "Countering the Changing Threat of Terrorism"
  Terrorism Research Center
The U.S. embassy in Kabul



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