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When will the war on terror ever end?
When George W Bush coined the term 'the war on terror' when he went after the Al - Qaeda network fronted by Osama Bin Laden little did we know in the aftermath of the twin tower attacks that this war for that is what it is would last longer then both world wars put together and that a new and deadly foe would emerge more ruthless than Al - Qaeda it seems: The Islamic State.
The West and its Middle Eastern proxies and all around the world have been engaged in a struggle with an ideology just as threatening as Nazism and Communism ever was, that is: Islamic fundamentalism.
We are fighting these groups with technology such as drones, the internet and satellites as well conventional forces like the armed forces as well as the intelligence services.
Tony Blair and George Bush were the leaders that fought the war on terror and brought down the Taliban government in 2001. Now years later despite many Western forces leaving much of the fighting to the Western trained Afghan armed forces the Taliban are still a clear and present danger as is Al - Qaeda. Same in Iraq which many feel was an un - necessary war where many think George W Bush just went in there to finish off what his father didn't using the war on terror as a disguise and now years on Iraq has a stable government of sorts in Baghdad but is propped up by the West and is fighting a war against Islamic State a rival Islamic group to Al - Qaeda that grew out of Al - Qaeda.
Islamic State have spread terror and horror not only in Iraq and Syria but across the world notably in Paris last November and in the last few days in Brussels.
Then there the other groups some affiliated to Al - Qaeda or Islamic State like Boko Haram in Nigeria or Al - Shabab in Somalia. It seems no matter how many leaders of these organisations we kill there are always people ready and willing and trained up to step into their shoes and head these organisations and carry on the struggle against the infidel as they see it.
Obama and Cameron inherited what Bush and Blair bequeathed to them and although Osama Bin Laden was killed by American special forces in Pakistan Al - Qaeda as a group still continues under Osama's number two Ayman Al - Zawahiri, weakened yes, depleted yes, but still able to do some damage to Western interests.
The West along with Russia and others including Muslim countries have become involved in the fight against Islamic State in Syria while also declaring their opposition to Assad. Syria has become a quagmire where Russia bombs not only IS but all those opposed to Assad even though Russia has withdrawn some of its forces and there are peace talks between Assad and his enemies but the war against Islamic State and AQ linked group Nusra front goes on.
Home grown terrorism is the West is concerning too by Muslims who have become radicalised on their own or have dealings with IS or AQ.
When will this war ever be won, will it last forever, time will tell.