SAT Subject US History Practice Question 218: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 218

19. What was the immediate U.S. response to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon?

A. An invasion of Afghanistan
B. An invasion of Iraq
C. The disbanding of the United Nations
D. The introduction of a military draft
E. The suspension of the current session of Congress

Correct Answer: A


The United States invaded Afghanistan in the belief that Osama bin Ladin, head of a terrorist cell, had been responsible for the attacks and would be found and captured there. The U.S. also wanted to remove Afghanistan's Taliban government, which had provided support to al-Qaeda.

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