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Pakistan:
Muslim nation under the military rule of Pervez Musharraf, who backed the U.S. despite his obvious fear of doing so. While he kept diplomatic ties with the Taliban, he also accepted American troops and $1 billion in aid. Non-essential personnel and family members were moved out of the American embassy on March 17, 2002 after a grenade attack on a Christian church killed 5, including an embassy employee and her daughter.

 

Palestinian Islamic Jihad:
Founded in 1979 by Palestinian students in Egypt who had split from the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood in the Gaza Strip. The founders were influenced by the Islamic revolution in Iran as well as the radicalization and militancy of Egyptian Islamic student organizations. They maintained close relations with radical Islamic Egyptian students, some of whom were involved in the assassination of president Sadat, and as a result, the Palestinian Islamic radicals were expelled from Egypt and returned to the Gaza Strip, where they formally began their activity as an Islamic Jihad organization. During the 1980s, several other groups of Palestinian Islamic Jihad were formed, but the faction which has survived is this one, the one that Professor Sami al-Arian was allegedly working with.

 

pathogen:
Any agent which can cause disease.

 

Pentagon;
Headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense. The five-sided building, built in 1943, was one of the targets of September 11. American Airlines Flight 77 was flown into the Pentagon, killing 189 people in all, including 125 people inside the building, 64 passengers, .and 5 terrorist highjackers.

 

Philippines:
Home of Abu Sayyaf and of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, both Muslim separatist terrorist organizations. After more than a year as hostages, one U.S. missionary died, and his wife was rescued from Abu Sayyaf in June, 2002 when Filipino troops launched a 'rescue' mission.

 

plague:
The pneumonic plague, which is more likely to be used in connection with terrorism, is naturally carried by rodents and fleas but can be aerosolized and sprayed from crop dusters. A 1970 World Health Organization assessment asserted that, in a worst case scenario, a dissemination of 50 kg in an aerosol cloud over a city of 5 million could result in 150,000 cases of pneumonic plague, 80,000-100,000 of which would require hospitalization, and 36,000 of which would be expected to die.

  

political terrorism:
Terrorist acts directed at governments and their agents and motivated by political goals (i.e., national liberation).

 

potassium iodide:
FDA-approved nonprescription drug for use as a blocking agent to prevent the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine.

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