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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz - September 12, 2016

Americans observed the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93 in Pennsylvania this week. The 9/11 terror strikes were organized by Al Qaeda which is best described as:
A Shia fundamentalist group of jihadis known as “the base” formed in the aftermath of the campaign by the Muslim volunteers who fought against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s.
A militant Sunni group of jihadis known as “the sword” formed in the aftermath of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in the 1980s.
A Shia fundamentalist group of jihadis known as “the sword” formed in the aftermath of the campaign by the Muslim volunteers who fought against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s.
A militant Sunni group of Salafist jihadis known as “the base” formed in the aftermath of the campaign by the Muslim volunteers who fought against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Al Qaeda’s leadership issued new warnings of attacks against the United States leading up to the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The founder and leader of Al Qaeda at the time of 9/11, Osama bin Laden, was killed May 2, 2011 in Pakistan by a team of U.S. special forces troops. This deputy has been leader of Al Qaida since bin Laden’s death:
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Ayman al-Zawahiri
Anwar al-Awlaki
Anwar al-Awlaki, an American born Islamic lecturer, was a major recruiter for Al Qaeda and served to inspire militants around the world after he relocated to this country where he was killed in a targeted drone strike in September 2011.
Saudi Arabia
Yemen
Iraq
Syria
Secretary of State John Kerry announced an agreement was reached on Saturday that would put Syria’s peace process back on track, including a nationwide truce starting sundown on September 12th. The agreement was reached with:
Iraq
Turkey
Syria
Russia
At least two terrorist attacks were foiled in this European country last week where according to Prime Minister Manuel Valls there are 15,000 people known by law enforcement and intelligence agencies as in the process of becoming radicalized.
France
Belgium
Spain
Italy
The Summit of the Non Aligned Movement is being held in Venezuela this week, which has led to increased attention on that country’s economic and political woes. The Non Aligned Movement was founded:
In 1993 as a forum for Third World countries to organize their economies in the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union.
In 1982 for Latin American nations to unite following the British invasion of the Falkland Islands and war with Argentina.
In 2008 for Third World countries that blamed industrialized countries for climate change issues and rejected the Paris Agreement calling for all nations to equally cut back on greenhouse gas production.
In 1961 as a counter to the East-West geopolitical blocs formed during the Cold War.
This week 1.85 million Muslim faithful are observing the pilgrimage to the holy places that must be visited at lease once in a lifetime as a basic pillar of Islam. The pilgrimage is:
Hajj in Saudi Arabia
Ramadan in Iraq
Ashura in Iran
Eid in Iran
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in this independence minded region of Spain on Sunday according to Reuters. Local officials promise a move to form a new state in 2017. This region is called:
Brittany
Catalonia
Montenegro
Andorra
Voting in the former Soviet republic of Belarus on Sunday was not likely to see any change in the government that has held power since the breakup of the USSR. Observers said, however, that restrictions on opposition candidates was eased as a concession to Western calls for transparency. The capital of Belarus is:
Minsk
Kiev
Riga
Chisinau
Responding to a nuclear weapon test last week the foreign minister of this neighboring country said, "North Korea's nuclear capability is growing and speeding to a considerable level, considering the fifth nuclear test was the strongest in scale and the interval has quickened substantially." Yun Byung-se is foreign minister of:
Republic of China
Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
Peoples Republic of China
Republic of Korea
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