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How al-Qaeda Began

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How al-Qaeda Began
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.18

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    al-Qaeda, jihad, non-Muslim, battlefield, destruction, well-known, provides, wealthy, network, terrorist, religion, camps, often, death, reign, accept
     content words:    Ancient Greeks, Roman Emperor Caligula, French Revolution, Saudi Arabia, Bin Laden


How al-Qaeda Began
By Toni Lee Robinson
  

1     How often do you hear the word "terrorism"? When we hear the word, most of us think of September 11, 2001. That day on our TV screens, we saw death, destruction, and fear. All these are elements of terrorism.
 
2     Terrorists work outside the law. Violence is their basic tool. They injure, kill, and destroy. Their aim is to create terror, or extreme fear. Through fear, they hope to force people to go along with their ideas.
 
3     Has terrorism always played such a major part in world events? Not really. Our grandparents rarely heard the word. But terrorism began long ago.
 
4     Ancient Greeks wrote of the use of fear as a weapon of war. The Roman Emperor Caligula killed people and kept their property. He used fear to keep people from opposing him.

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