SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1142: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1142

1. In his 2001 "War on Terror" speech to Congress, George W. Bush demanded the Taliban do all of the following EXCEPT

A. immediately close all terrorist camps.
B. release all foreign prisoners.
C. transfer all terrorists on Afghani soil to the United States.
D. hand over Saddam Hussein.
E. give U.S. troops access to terror camps to ensure compliance.

Correct Answer: D


While Bush was concerned about Saddam Hussein well before the Iraq War, Hussein ruled Iraq, not Afghanistan. At the time of the speech, Osama bin Laden, who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks, was thought to be living under the protection of the Taliban. All the other answers—(A), (B), (C), and (E)—were demands Bush made to the Taliban.

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