The Impacts Of International Terrorism And The Nature Of Terrorism

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The nature of terrorism and the goals associated with a terrorist attack make it a very broad term, and terrorism can take many forms. “Terrorism is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives” (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85).” (Federal Bureau of Investigation Counterterrorism Division, 2005, p. iv) The definition from the Code of Federal Regulations identifies certain elements that are always present in a terrorist attack: the unlawful use of force or violence, a victim, and a political or social objective.
The FBI breaks down terrorism into more specific definitions based on the actors and their motives. The two categories of terrorism are domestic terrorism and international terrorism. Domestic terrorists are those acting entirely within the United States without input. International terrorism can encompass many different things. International terrorism may intend to influence US government or policy decisions, or instill fear amongst US citizens, sometimes by attacks outside of the US. The actors of international terrorism may cross borders, or travel to commit their terrorist acts, or may seek to send their message to the US following the attack. (Federal Bureau of Investigation Counterterrorism Division, 2005)
Terrorism can take many forms, and the
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