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Osama Bin Laden Al Qaeda Leader Profile
This profile of Osama bin Laden traces his life from childhood and schooling to his association with the Afghan Mujahideen, to the declarations of jihad that have made Osama bin Laden the world's most notorious terrorist.

Guide to Al Qaeda's Network Structure
The Al Qaeda

Real Irish Republican Army (IRA) Profile
The Real IRA was formed in 1997, when members of the Provisional IRA objected to its decision to pursue a non-violent solution to the the Northern Ireland issue. A decade later, MI5 still considers the Real IRA a serious threat.

Hezbollah -- A Profile of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah
A profile of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah

Airline Security and International Terrorism--How Terrorist Attacks Have Driven Airline Security Measures
International terrorist attacks have driven innovations in airline security systems. The intertwined history of airline security and international terrorism is in pictures, here. Page 6.

Airline Security and International Terrorism--How Terrorist Attacks Have Driven Airline Security Measures
International terrorist attacks have driven innovations in airline security systems. The intertwined history of airline security and international terrorism is in pictures, here. Page 4.

Airline Security and International Terrorism--How Terrorist Attacks Have Driven Airline Security Measures
International terrorist attacks have driven innovations in airline security systems. The intertwined history of airline security and international terrorism is in pictures, here. Page 2.

Airline Security and International Terrorism--How Terrorist Attacks Have Driven Airline Security Measures
International terrorist attacks have driven innovations in airline security systems. The intertwined history of airline security and international terrorism is in pictures, here. Page 3.

Airline Security and International Terrorism--How Terrorist Attacks Have Driven Airline Security Measures
International terrorist attacks have driven innovations in airline security systems. The intertwined history of airline security and international terrorism is in pictures, here. Page 5.

Airline Security and International Terrorism--How Terrorist Attacks Have Driven Airline Security Measures
International terrorist attacks have driven innovations in airline security systems. The intertwined history of airline security and international terrorism is in pictures, here.

Terrorists Talk -- Terrorists in their Own Words
Terrorists, and violent activists of all stripes, have a lot to say about what they do, why they do it, and how they do it. Everyone represented in this gallery has been called a terrorist by someone, but most have also been called freedom fighters or revolutionaries by others. Page 4.

Terrorists Talk -- Terrorists in their Own Words
Terrorists, and violent activists of all stripes, have a lot to say about what they do, why they do it, and how they do it. Everyone represented in this gallery has been called a terrorist by someone, but most have also been called freedom fighters or revolutionaries by others. Page 3.

Airline and Airport Security
Find analyses, notes on emerging trends and histories of airline and airport security, as well as information about rules and guidelines for travelers.

Terrorism's Causes
Why do some people commit terrorist acts? Personal psychology? Religious fervor? Ideological commitment? All of these reasons—and more—have been proposed. Use the articles and links here to develop and explore your own understanding.

History of the Omagh Bombing in Northern Ireland
The Omagh Bombing was the most lethal terrorist attack in the history of Northern Ireland. The Omagh bombing spurred activists on both sides of the dispute to reach a non-violent resolution.

Muslim Brotherhood -- A Profile of the Oldest International Islamist Organization
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is the oldest and largest Islamist organization in the world. Although it has renounced violence, it is often referred to as the source of inspiration for today's jihadist groups.

Terrorism: What Are the Major Causes?
The causes of terrorism are a popular topic of discussion, but in fact there are only two that are always present: a sense of perceived injustice and the belief that violence will effectively redress it.

US Terror War -- Fronts in the US Terror War
President Bush first mentioned the

US Terror War -- Fronts in the US Terror War
President Bush first mentioned the

Terrorism Around the World
Terrorist groups and terrorist attacks have taken place in every corner of the world. Check country categories for terrorist attacks, terrorist groups and other terrorism news around the world.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

U.S. Policy, Politics & War on Terror
U.S. policy and politics on terrorism, and its pursuit of a global war on terrorism, powerfully influence the rest of the world. Check this page for news and background on the multiple fronts in the war on terrorism, and U.S. moves to deal with global terrorism, state sponsors and homeland security.

What is Terrorism and Whose Definition is It?
Terrorism is a complex term with a long history and different meanings, depending on the context and who uses it. Here you’ll find articles that define terrorism and explain different facets of the term. Also on this page: glossaries of related terms and terrorist groups, and links to how other experts and international conventions define terrorism.

Terrorist Groups & Tactics
What makes terrorist groups tick and why do they use the tactics they do? Find terrorist group profiles here, and the tactics they've used throughout time, from kidnapping to suicide bombing.

Types of Terrorism
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State Sponsors of Terrorism
Information and news of countries on the U.S. State Department list of State Sponsors of Terrorism: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

Iraq War
The war in Iraq's progress, policy and politics are explained and analyzed in these pages. Find news and analyses of major groups and players, American policy in the region, and the shifting relationships between the Iraq war, terrorism and the war on terror.

Terrorism Glossary - G
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Terrorism Glossary - H
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Terrorism Glossary - I
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Terrorism Glossary - J
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Terrorism Glossary - N
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Terrorism Glossary - O
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Terrorism Glossary - P
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Terrorism Glossary - R
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Terrorism Glossary - S
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Terrorism Glossary - T
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Terrorism Glossary - V
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Terrorism Glossary - W
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Emergency Preparedness
There’s a lot being done—and much that we can do—to safeguard us from the effects of a terrorist attack, as well as undue fear of one. These resources will help you take precautions at home, at work, and while traveling abroad, cope with fears about about an attack, and provide news and updates on first responder systems.

Terrorism Glossary - C
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Controversial Technologies
Controversy riddles the post- 9/11 race to use technology to reduce the risk of terrorism. Will RFIDs render our privacy a thing of the past? Are biometrics better than old fashioned human intelligence? This page includes definitions and analyses of these and other controversial technologies.

History of Cuba State Sponsor of Terrorism
The history of Cuba on the State Department list of Terrorism State Sponsors began in 1982, and continues today. Learn more here about the history of Cuba, the U.S. and terrorism.

Terrorism Terms Glossary - D
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Terrorism Glossary - E
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Terrorism Glossary - F
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Human Rights, Civil Rights and Terrorism
Terrorism and counterterrorism are intimately tied to human and civil rights issues. State and non-state terrorist groups violate victims rights, while actions taken in the name of counterterrorism can also imping on human and civil rights. Torture, extraordinary rendition, privacy rights and other issues are treated here.

Terrorism in Books, film & TV
Terrorism's inherent drama has long fascinated writers and filmmakers. Plot your own foray into the topic of terrorism with news and reviews of books, films and television shows that cast terrorism in a leading role.

Iran
News and information about the Islamic Republic of Iran

Iraq Terrorist Groups
The war in Iraq has created new Iraq terrorism groups, and drawn existing ones into new conflicts. Find out who they are and what they're fighting for.

Terrorism Glossary - M
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Middle East based terrorist groups
Terrorist groups and paramilitaries based in the Middle East.

North Korea - State Sponsor of Terrorism North Korea
North Korea has been on the U.S. State Department's List of State Sponsors of Terrorism since 1988. Find news and information about North Korea here

Syria - State sponsor of terrorism
News and information about state sponsor of terrorism Syria

Terrorism Glossary - A
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own. See the following pages for definitions, as well as acronyms of government and international bodies that deal with terrorism.

Propaganda
Terrorist groups and militias have always used propaganda, or information designed to manipulate perceptions. The ability to use the Internet and video technology to distribute information and recruit has made propaganda a powerful terrorist tactic.

History and Originis of Terrorism in Japan
History and Origins of Terrorism in Japan

Notorious Terrorists
We remember some terrorists because they acted in extraordinary times, and others because they were extraordinary people. Here are history's most notorious terrorists, from flaky fanatics to icy ideologues.

Osama bin Laden
Since 9/11, Osama bin Laden has been the world's most wanted--and most scrutinized--terrorist. Here find biographical information, context and news about the leader of Al Qaeda.

Religious Terrorism
Explanations, histories, terms and news related to terrorism carried out in the name of religion, including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism.

Terrorist Tactics and Weapons
What's a dirty bomb? Why is hijacking an effective terrorist tactic? Where does the association between terrorists and AK-47s come from? Find the answers in this glossary of terrorist tactics and weapons.

Terrorist Leaders
Terrorist leaders are considered to have a distinctly different psychology than the rank-and-file members of their group. Nabbing terrorist leaders is a top U.S. goal.

History and Origins of Terrorism in the United States
History and Origins of Terrorism in the United States, including Klu Klux Klan, left wing terrorism and right wing terrorism, the Oklahoma City Bombing and the 9/11 Attacks

2008 Presidential Elections
Presidential candidates' approaches to international terrorism, the

History and Originis of Terrorism in Afghanistan
The history of terrorism in Afghanistan, including the development of the Afghan mujahideen, and the beginnings of Al Qaeda during the Afghan Soviet war.

Origins and History of Terrorism in Africa
The origins and history of counterterrorism and terrorism in Africa.

Counterterrorism & Homeland Security
As long as there have been terrorists, there have been efforts to stop them. These sources and analyses provide background on an evolving discipline, and keep you up to date on U.S. homeland security and global counterterrorism trends.

History and Origins of Terrorism in India
History of terrorism in India, terrorist groups in India, terrorism in Kashmir, and relevant Pakistan India relations

History and Origins of Terrorism in Lebanon
History of terrorist groups and terrorism attacks in Lebanon, including militant group Hezbollah.

Pakistan and Terrorism
Pakistan and terrorism, including attacks in Pakistan, Pakistan's engagement in terrorism, and role in the U.S. war on terror.

War of Ideas - Public Diplomacy and Information Warfare
The United States has frequently touted the war on terror as a war of ideas, and sometimes as a clash of civilizations. Find news here on how it puts ideas to work for war in public diplomacy and information warfare.

Origins and History of Terrorism in the UK and Ireland
The origins and history of terrorism and counterterrorism in the UK and Irelandrism,

War in Afghanistan -- Afghanistan, First Front in the 'War on Terror'
War in Afghanistan began in October, 2001, when the United States invaded it as the first front in the Bush Administrations

History of Terrorism
Terrorism’s fascinating history is integral to the modern history of nations and states. Here, you’ll find articles and analyses that explain the origins of terrorist movements and groups, and put them in historical context.

US Terror War -- Fronts in the US Terror War
President Bush first mentioned the

Guide to Studies on Psychological Causes of Terrorism
Researchers have tried to identify psychological causes of terrorism since the 1970s, using data on left-wing, right-wing and Islamist terrorism.

Causes of Terrorism: Study Explores Group Rhetoric
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Narcoterrorism Evolves in the War on Terror
The concept of narcoterrorism has evolved since it was folded into the war on terror.

Biometric Identification for Homeland Security
Where does biometric identification stand as an aspect of homeland security and counter terrorism? Read about the pros and cons of biometric technology as it exists today.

Definition of Eco-terrorism
Eco terrorism is a recently coined term describing violence in the interests of environmentalism

Hashishiyyin Assassins - Persia & Syria 11-12th Century
The history of terrorism often begins with stories of the Assassins. Half Crusader tall tale and half true crime, the stories of the mysterious assassins always fascinate.

Importance of 1968 PFLP Hijacking of El Al Flight
In 1968, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked its first plane, inaugurating international terrorism.

Definitions and History of Bioterrorism
What is Bioterrorism? Definitions of Bioterrorism, History of Bioterrorism and More

Guide to Causes of Terrorism
The causes of terrorism have been sought by policy makers, militaries, scholars, pundits and victims, and sometimes explained by those who commit terrorist acts.

History of the US War in Afghanistan
The current war in Afghanistan has deep roots in regional and international history. Who are the mujahideen? Who are the Taliban? How did Osama bin Laden end up in Afghanistan? And how is the war progressing? Find out, here.

The History Behind the U.S. War in Afghanistan
The current war in Afghanistan has deep roots in regional and international history. Who are the mujahideen? Who are the Taliban? How did Osama bin Laden end up in Afghanistan? And how is the war progressing? Find out, here. Page 2.

History of the U.S. War in Afghanistan
The current war in Afghanistan has deep roots in regional and international history. Who are the mujahideen? Who are the Taliban? How did Osama bin Laden end up in Afghanistan? And how is the war progressing? Find out, here.

War in Afghanistan -- the History behind the U.S. War in Afghanistan
The current war in Afghanistan has deep roots in regional and international history. Who are the mujahideen? Who are the Taliban? How did Osama bin Laden end up in Afghanistan? And how is the war progressing? Find out, here.

History Behind the U.S. War in Afghanistan
The current war in Afghanistan has deep roots in regional and international history. Who are the mujahideen? Who are the Taliban? How did Osama bin Laden end up in Afghanistan? And how is the war progressing? Find out, here.

War in Afghanistan -- the History behind the U.S. War in Afghanistan
The current war in Afghanistan has deep roots in regional and international history. Who are the mujahideen? Who are the Taliban? How did Osama bin Laden end up in Afghanistan? And how is the war progressing? Find out, here.

League of Nations Definition of Terrorism
International bodies such as the League of Nations and the United Nations, as well as domestic organizations such as the FBI have sought to define terrorism since the late 1930s. Here, find text and links to definitions of terrorism and terrorist acts.

Multilateral Conventions Define Terrorism
International bodies such as the League of Nations and the United Nations, as well as domestic organizations such as the FBI have sought to define terrorism since the late 1930s. Here, find text and links to definitions of terrorism and terrorist acts.

U.S. Department of Defense Definition of Terrorism
International bodies such as the League of Nations and the United Nations, as well as domestic organizations such as the FBI have sought to define terrorism since the late 1930s. Here, find text and links to definitions of terrorism and terrorist acts.

FBI Defintion of Terrorism
International bodies such as the League of Nations and the United Nations, as well as domestic organizations such as the FBI have sought to define terrorism since the late 1930s. Here, find text and links to definitions of terrorism and terrorist acts.

Definition of Terrorism from Arab Convention for the Suppression of Terrorism
International bodies such as the League of Nations and the United Nations, as well as domestic organizations such as the FBI have sought to define terrorism since the late 1930s. Here, find text and links to definitions of terrorism and terrorist acts.

U.S. Law Definition of Terrorism
International bodies such as the League of Nations and the United Nations, as well as domestic organizations such as the FBI have sought to define terrorism since the late 1930s. Here, find text and links to definitions of terrorism and terrorist acts.

Defintions of Terrorism from Christian Science Monitor
International bodies such as the League of Nations and the United Nations, as well as domestic organizations such as the FBI have sought to define terrorism since the late 1930s. Here, find text and links to definitions of terrorism and terrorist acts.

Definitions of Terrorism
International bodies such as the League of Nations and the United Nations, as well as domestic organizations such as the FBI have sought to define terrorism since the late 1930s. Here, find text and links to definitions of terrorism and terrorist acts.

Definitions of Terrorism
International bodies such as the League of Nations and the United Nations, as well as domestic organizations such as the FBI have sought to define terrorism since the late 1930s. Here, find text and links to definitions of terrorism and terrorist acts.

International and Domestic Definitions of Terrorism
While there is no one definition of terrorism, international bodies such as the League of Nations and the United Nations, as well as domestic organizations such as the FBI have offered definitions of terrorism since the late 1930s. Here, find text and links to definitions of terrorism and terrorist acts.

The Fallacy of the Ticking Time Bomb Scenario and Torture
The war on terror torture debate usually begins with a ticking time bomb scenario. Law professor David Luban explains what's wrong with the scenario.

The War on Terror Torture Debate: What's Wrong with the Ticking Time Bomb Scenario.
The war on terror torture debate usually begins with a ticking time bomb scenario. Law professor David Luban explains what's wrong with the scenario. Page 2.

Profiling Passengers Pros & Cons
Airport security screening increasingly relies on passenger profiling techniques. Some argue passenger profiling helps identify terrorists, but others say it violates our civil rights.

Pros and Cons of Profiling Airplane Passengers
Airline passenger profiling may help identify terrorists, but for some it is nothing more than a violation of our civil rights. Read about the pros and cons of profiling. Page 2.

Pros and Cons of Negotiating with Terrorists
What are the arguments for and against negotiating with terrorists? Is it time for the United States to consider negotiation as a viable solution? Read about the current issues here. Page 2.

Why or Why Not to Negotiate with Al Qaeda (Terrorists)
The U.S. says it does not negotiate with terrorists. But with the stakes so high, shouldn't it consider talking to Al Qaeda? Weigh the pros and cons.

Biometric Identification for Homeland Security (Pros/Cons)
Biometric identification is here to stay as an aspect of homeland security and counterterrorism. Depending on your view, that's either a good thing or a bad thing. Read pros & cons of biometric identification here. Page 2.

Is Terrorism Caused by Poverty and Underdevelopment?
While it may appear that poverty causes terrorism, empirical evidence says otherwise. Read about how terrorism may be considered a politics of extreme frustration. Page 2.

Is Terrorism's Cause Poverty?
It appears to make senes that poverty causes terrorism. Who but someone in desperate circumstances would choose to be a terrorist? But over and over, the empirical evidence says otherwise.

Torture and Interrogation in a Time of Terror Excerpt
Whether the use of torture to elicit information from would-be terrorists is justifiable became a lively topic after 9/11. Explore what the law has to say about torture and extraterritorial detention raises, here. Page 2.

Torture and Interrogation in a Time of Terror
Whether the use of torture to elicit information from would-be terrorists is justifiable became a lively topic after 9/11. Explore legal issues related to torture and extraterritorial detention, here.

Notes to: Torture and Interrogation in a Time of Terror
Whether the use of torture to elicit information from would-be terrorists is justifiable became a lively topic after 9/11. Explore what the law has to say about torture and extraterritorial detention raises, here. Page 3.

Profile of Carlos the Jackal
The terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal offered the image of terrorist as a glamorous, ruthless criminal able to pull off amazing capers, then elude authorities.

Terrorism in America - Historical Guide
Terrorism in America goes back to the founding days of the colony, and has continued to this day.

Terrorism in America-- Guide to the History of Terrorism in America
Terrorism in America goes back to the founding days of the colony, and has continued to this day. Page 2.

OFAC Compliance - What Every Business Should Know
Compliance with the regulations of the Office of Foreign Asset Control is required of all American companies conducting business with foreign entities.

Ku Klux Klan (KKK) - Terrorist Group History
The Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist group, was designated a terrorist group in 1871 by Congress. It continues to promote white supremacy through rallies and other expressions today.

A Guide to Different Types of Terrorism
Different types of terrorism, from bioterrorism, to ecoterrorism to nuclear terrorism, have been defined by law enforcement, policy makers, academics and others.

The History of Terrorism - Ancient to Modern
The history of terrorism can be traced to the 1st century BCE, although the modern history of terrorism does not begin until the French Revolution.

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) - A Brief Guide
The Irish Republican Army, founded in 1969, used terrorist tactics to oppose British rule in Ireland. The IRA is rooted in Catholic Irish nationalism.

Terrorism Research--a Research Guide to Terrorism Research for Students and Teachers
This research guide to terrorism research on the Web offers students (and their teachers) tips for making the most of the Internet to find good research, and questions to ask when evaluating research materials.

Terrorism Research - A Guide to Terrorism Research for Students and Teachers
This research guide to terrorism research on the Web offers students (and their teachers) tips for making the most of the Internet to find good research, and questions to ask when evaluating research materials.

Terrorism Research--a Research Guide to Terrorism Research for Students and Teachers
This research guide to terrorism research on the Web offers students (and their teachers) tips for making the most of the Internet to find good research, and questions to ask when evaluating research materials.

Terrorism Research--a Research Guide to Terrorism Research for Students and Teachers
This research guide to terrorism research on the Web offers students (and their teachers) tips for making the most of the Internet to find good research, and questions to ask when evaluating research materials.

Terrorism Research--a Research Guide to Terrorism Research for Students and Teachers
This research guide to terrorism research on the Web offers students (and their teachers) tips for making the most of the Internet to find good research, and questions to ask when evaluating research materials.

Terrorism Research--a Research Guide to Terrorism Research for Students and Teachers
This research guide to terrorism research on the Web offers students (and their teachers) tips for making the most of the Internet to find good research, and questions to ask when evaluating research materials.

Terrorism Research--a Research Guide to Terrorism Research for Students and Teachers
This research guide to terrorism research on the Web offers students (and their teachers) tips for making the most of the Internet to find good research, and questions to ask when evaluating research materials.

Terrorism Research--a Research Guide to Terrorism Research for Students and Teachers
This research guide to terrorism research on the Web offers students (and their teachers) tips for making the most of the Internet to find good research, and questions to ask when evaluating research materials.

Terrorism Research--a Research Guide to Terrorism Research for Students and Teachers
This research guide to terrorism research on the Web offers students (and their teachers) tips for making the most of the Internet to find good research, and questions to ask when evaluating research materials.

Terrorism Research--a Research Guide to Terrorism Research for Students and Teachers
This research guide to terrorism research on the Web offers students (and their teachers) tips for making the most of the Internet to find good research, and questions to ask when evaluating research materials.

Patty Hearst Profile - From Heiress to SLA Bank Robber
Americans were riveted by the Patty Hearst kidnapping in 1974, and then shocked when the heiress joined her terrorist captors, the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Michael Bray (United States, Army of God)
In 1985 Michael Bray was convicted for destroying eight women's health care clinics and other properties in the Washington DC area. Find out more about the Army of God chaplain, and why he says Christianity justifies acts of terrorism.

Influences on Osama Bin Laden: 1960s Through 1996
Osama bin Laden's belief in jihad was shaped by historical events and his own experiences. Here is Osama bin Laden's life in historical context, from the 1960s through 1996, when he issues his first fatwa.

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State Terrorism Definition
State terrorism, as distinct from other forms of violence carried out by states, is defined here.

The Economic Impact of Terrorism on September 11
The economic impact of terrorism can be assessed based on direct and indirect costs of an attack. Assessments of the economic impact of the September 11, 2001 attacks generally agree that the direct cost was less than at first feared.

Human Rights & Terrorism: An Overview
Human Rights and Terrorism are linked issues for both the victims and perpetrators of terrorist violence. The declaration of a

Why the Causes of Terrorism Are So Hard to Identify
The causes of terrorism seem almost impossible for anyone to identify definitively. In this article, learn why.

Mujahideen (Definition)
Most frequently used in reference to the self named Afghan mujahideen, the guerrilla fighters who battled the Soviet army from 1979 – 1989.

Sicarii: First Century Terrorists
In the first century after the birth of Jesus Christ, Jewish Sicarii used terrorist tactics--from assassination to kidnapping--to bring Roman rule of Judea to an end.

List of Historical and Modern Terrorist Groups by Type
Terrorist groups can be categorized according to their goals, from national liberation to socialist revolution, to the creation of a religious state.

Al Qaeda - Profile
A profile of Al Qaeda, from Al Qaeda's beginnings by Osama bin Laden.

Black Panthers Party History and Origins
The Black Panthers, a militant black nationalist group of late 1960s remember, are often recalled as a terrorist group now.

Weatherman (aka Weather Underground) - Profile
Weatherman were committed to the violent overthrow of the U.S. government in the 1970s.

Russia War with Chechnya,
Russia's war in Chechnya appeared to be over by 2008. But its legacy will probably go on, as Chechen separatism, sporadic terrorist attacks and spillover into nearby republics continues. In this timeline, find facts about Russia, the War in Chechnya and Terrorism

What's So New about the "New Terrorism"?
A reader from the UK wrote this week wondering what makes

About Global Terrorism and Homeland Security
Learn about the causes and history of terrorism, terrorist groups, and the U.S. War on Terror with the latest news, issues and opinion on About.

What Is a Jihadi, or Jihadist? - Definition
Our daily news tells us that we are surrounded by a growing number of jihadis and that there is a global jihadist movement. But they rarely tell us who jihadis are or what they believe. Find a definition and a historical background here.

Shiite (Shia Islam)
Shiites are a minority among the world's Muslims, but their own religious rites and politics play a major role.

Sunni Islam (Definition)
Sunnis comprise about 70% of the world's Islamic population; Shiites make up the rest. Here, learn where their original differences began.

Where Did Left Wing Terrorism Go?
The history of terrorism is often described as coming in waves. But can it be that the last wave, left wing terrorism, simply disappeared before religiously inspired terrorism took its place?

Guide to Suicide Bombing History and Explanations
Suicide bombing appears to be a growing phenomenon and one that is difficult to understand.

1988: Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Over Lockerbie, Scotland
The 1998 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland was the largest attack on U.S. civilians up to that date. Libya later took responsibility, but questions over who was really responsible live on.

Animal Liberation Front (ALF) Background and Actions
The Animal Liberation Front describes itself as helping end animal exploitation. But the law sees the group as 'animal rights extremists' and 'ecoterrorists.'

Narcoterrorism - Definition and Examples
Narcoterrorism has been used to describe terrorist acts by drug traffickers and the use of drug trafficking by armed groups to support their activities.

Abu Sayyaf - Philippines Terrorist Group
Abu Sayyaf Philippines terrorist group blurs the line between ideology and organized crime with their radical Islamist outlook and kidnappings for profit.

SDN List (Specially Designated Nationals List)
The U.S. prohibits firms from transacting with Specially Designated Nationals, including terrorists and terrorist organizations

State Sponsored Terrorism in Iran - News & Issues
In 2006, the State Department called Iran the

President Bush's Iraq War Justification Timeline
President Bush Iraq War justifications have changed several times since the invasion in 2003. Keep up with the current reasons, with this Bush Iraq War justifications timeline.

Obama's National Security Team -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
As the chief advisor to the president on foreign policy, the Secretary of State plays a crucial role in national security issues. As Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton will face some daunting challenges.

Eric Holder Jr., Attorney General -- Profile of Eric Holder Jr.
Eric Holder Jr. is Obama's pick for Attorney General. If Holder is confirmed by the Senate, he will face substantial challenges returning the Department of Justice to its pre-9/11 credibility levels.

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Organization Profile
The Tamil Tigers were among the first groups to use suicide attacks on a wide scale, inspiring other groups such as Hamas. Here, a profile of the Sri Lankan separatist rebels.

Hamas History - Guide to Hamas Response to Oslo Accords
Hamas began suicide bombing in 1993, largely to register protest against the framework for Palestinian autonomy worked out in the Oslo Accords.

What is Data Mining, and What Does it Have to Do with Counterterrorism?
The occasional emergence of

Red Army Faction/Baader-Meinhof Group, Germany
The left wing terrorist Red Army Faction, often referred to by the names of two of its founders, Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof, committed terrorist acts in the name of Marxist-Leninist-Maoist revolutionary ideals.

The History of Torture and Terrorism
The US war on terror, and the decision to disregard international conventions on the issue, has brought torture back into the limelight.

War in Afghanistan - Guide to the War in Afghanistan
Nearly a decade after it began, the war in Afghanistan is considered the United States most pressing military challenge. This guide to the war in Afghanistan gives background to the war and its actors.

Terrorism in Africa: Somalia War has Multiple Players
The news about Somalia can be confusing from far away because different vocabularies are used to describe the multi-faceted conflict occurring there. Its chief players are the Somalian Transitional Federal Government and the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC). This battle engages other local players and histories: secular warlords, neighboring countries, the United States, and foreign jihadists.

History of Biometrics and Biometric Identification
According to some sources, biometric identification--the use of body measurements or metrics to identify people--began in 14th century China with fingerprinting. Today it has advanced to use genetic and other material as part of a law enforcement and counterterrorism toolkit.

Terrorism Glossary - U
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Terrorism Glossary - X
Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

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Terrorism and counterterrorism have given rise to a distinctive vocabulary of their own, and many new concepts, terms and organizations have arisen since the declaration of a

Blogs on terrorism, the War on Terror, Homeland Security and Iraq
Tired of tepidly phrased mainstream soundbytes on terrorism and the War on Terror? Join the blogosphere, where opinionated debaters on terrorism, counterterrorism, U.S. policies in the War on Terror, Iraq and Homeland Security weigh in daily.

Glossary of Terrorism Terms
A glossary of terms related to terrorism and counterterrorism, as well as acronyms for American and global bodies concerned with security and related issues.

Origins and History of Terrorism in the Middle East
The origins and history of terrorism an counterterrorism in the Middle East

War on Terror Becomes Global Islamic Insurgency
The Global War on Terror, the governing theory of terrorism and foreign policy lens of the Bush era, has evolved into the concept of a global Islamic insurgency

Defining Terrorism through Multilateral Conventions
Multilateral conventions and protocols on terrorism implicitly define terrorism by creating international consensus about which acts should be criminalized and prosecuted.

State Sponsors of Terrorism--An Overview of the State Dept. State Sponsors of Terrorism List
As of January 2007, there are five countries on the U.S. State Department list of state sponsors of terrorism. Find out how states get on--and off-the list.

Glossary of Terrorist Weapons and Tactics
What's a dirty bomb? Why is hijacking an effective terrorist tactic? Where does the association between terrorists and AK-47s come from? Find the answers in this glossary of terrorist tactics and weapons.

History of Terrorism: Anarchism and Anarchist Terrorism
The late 19th century political idea anarchism inspired political violence that was called Anarchist terrorism. Learn more about this moment in the history of terrorism.

1995: Aum Shinrikyo Tokyo Subway Gas Attack
The Aum Shinrikyo Tokyo subway gas attack was one of the most lethal acts of chemical terrorism ever committed.

1975: Moluccan Hijackings, Terrorism in the Netherlands
Terrorism in the Netherlands was introduced in the 1970s, when second generation Moluccans in Holland grew discontent with Dutch apathy about the former colonial wards' status and lack of an independent state.

Glossary of Islamic terms
Islamist terrorism has introduced new--and frequently misused--Arabic terms into English. Find out what terms such as jihad and salafi really mean.

Cyberterrorism: Latest Threat to National Computer Security?
There have been fears of cyberterrorism since the 1990s, but it was the 9/11 attacks made national computer security a high policy priority. What is cyberterrorism, how concerned should be about its threat, and what is being done now to protect national computer security?

Obama on Terrorism -- Guide to Obama on Terrorism, Homeland Security and the Iraq War
Presidential candidate Barack Obama on terrorism, homeland security and the Iraq War.

Russian Torture in the Chechnya war
Russian forces systematically employ torture to extract confessions from fighters in the Chechnya war. The Russians consider their efforts part of a counter-terrorism program.

History of Cuba - State Sponsor of Terrorism
The history of Cuba state sponsor of terrorism began in 1982, and continues today, though there's almost no evidence of Cuban support for terrorism. Learn here about what keeps Cuba on the US State Department's list.

The relationship between Osama bin Laden and Jihad
The term jihadi is closely linked to that of Osama bin Laden. Here's the historical connection between the Al Qaeda leader and jihad.

Hamas History - Guide to Hamas, Second Intifada and Suicide Bombing
The second intifada, which began in September 2000, was much more violent than the first. Hamas and other groups began to use suicide bombings to achieve strategic advantage against the Israeli military; Israel, in turn, responded with greater violence and broader punitive measures against Palestinian civilians.

Jihad
Jihad defined as internal and external struggle. Jihad as war explained.

Notorious Terrorists Gallery--History of Terrorism through Its Actors
The history of terrorism is best told through the people who commit it. These notorious terrorists are the backbone of the history of terrorism. Page 6.

Notorious Terrorists Gallery--History of Terrorism through Its Actors
The history of terrorism is best told through the people who commit it. These notorious terrorists are the backbone of the history of terrorism. Page 2.

Notorious Terrorists Gallery--History of Terrorism through Terrorists
The history of terrorism is best told through the people who commit it. These notorious terrorists are the backbone of the history of terrorism. Page 7.

AK-47 Assault Rifle
The Soviet era assault rifle began circulating among guerrilla fighters, national liberation armies and international terrorists during the Cold War and it still is today.

Car Bombing (VBIEDs)
Car Bombing, a favored terrorist tactic, turns vehicles into weapons

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
IEDs, or Improvised Explosive Devices, are makeshift bombs that can cause tremendous damage.

Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs)
Lightweight and compact, surface-to-air missiles are ideal weapons in an insurgent or terrorist arsenal.

Terrorism - A Definition of Terrorism
Terrorism is a distinct from both war and random violent crimes, as this definition of terrorism explains.

Biometrics: Retinal Scanning
Retinal scans are among the most intrusive, but also the most accurate, biometric identification techniques

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) Analysis
Mitochondrial DNA may be used to identify both terrorists and their victims.

The Taliban - Guide to the Afghanistan Taliban
The Afghanistan Taliban were the United States' first target in the

Narcissistic Rage Hypothesis
Narcisstic rage hypothesis was once a prominent psychological explanation of what motivates terrorism.

Laskar Jihad (Indonesia) --Islamic militia in Indonesia
Laskar Jihad, an Islamic militia in Indonesia, hopes to create a unified Indonesian Islamic state. Despite declarations it has disbanded, some believe it is training in West Papua.

Narodnaya Volya (The People's Will, Russia)
The history of terrorism would not be complete without a history of Narodnaya Volya, the late 19th century Russian organization that made terrorism a centerpiece of its revolutionary project to upend Tsarist Russia.

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)
The Kurdistan Worker's Party became a new actor in the war on terror in October 2006, as the United States, Turkey and Iraq vowed to put an end to the PKK's guerrilla activites in northern Iraq. Here, a profile of the Kurdish nationalist group.

Al Qaeda in Iraq -- A profile of jihadist organization Al Qaeda in Iraq
Al Qaeda in Iraq, also known as

Bill Ayers-- Profile of Bill Ayers, the Weatherman (aka Weather Underground)
Bill Ayers led the Weathermen, a 1970s student group, to violent action in the quest to achieve a classless society and protest the Vietnam war.

Brian Keenan (Ireland, Provisional IRA)
Brian Keenan was among the IRA's leaders. He was an influential strategists at the height of the IRA's bombing activity in the 1980s, but he also played an influential role in the IRA's transition from terrorism to politics in the 1990s.

ETA (Baque Homeland and Freedom)
The Basque separatist group ETA committed itself to armed struggle in the late 1960s in its quest for sovereignty for the Basque country. ETA attacks have been responsible for 800 deaths in the intervening years.

FARC -- A Profile of the Colombia FARC guerrilla group
The Colombian FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces Group) is frequently described as the largest, oldest and best organized armed leftist group in South America. The United STates and Europe have classified it as a terrorist group.

Islamic Jihad -- A profile of Palestinian Islamic Jihad
Palestinian Islamic Jihad combines Palestinian nationalism, Islamist ideology, and a belief in armed confrontation with Israel.

Abu Nidal -- A Profile of Terrorist Leader Abu Nidal
The Palestinian terrorist leader Abu Nidal was known in the 1970s and 1980s as a prolific, if paranoid, terrorist. Learn more about Abu Nidal here.

Al Shabab - Guide to Somalia Al Shabab
Al Shabab is a militant Islamist group in Somalia.

Is Suicide Terrorism Caused by Religion?
The rise of suicide attacks among Islamist groups such as Hamas and Al Qaeda has led many to question whether they are religiously motivated.

Iran -- A profile of the Islamic Republic of Iran
A country profile of Iran, which has been on the U.S. State Department list of state sponsors of terrorism since 1984.

1920: Wall Street Bombing--Terrorism in America
The Wall Street Bombing of 1920 was the most destructive terrorist attack to date in the United States. It helped provoke fears that anarchist or

1773: Boston Tea Party: Terrorism in the United States
The Boston Tea Party, an act of sabotage by American colonists, is often credited with a role in prompting the American revolution. It also fulfills the definition of terrorism, and a few have argued it should be considered an early act of terrorism in the United States.

Religious terrorism: a primer on terrorism and religion
The world's great religions all have both peaceful and violent messages from which believers can choose. Religious terrorists and violent extremists share the decision to interpret religion to justify violence, whether they are Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, or Sikh.

Iraq War and Terrorism in Iraq: Who is Fighting the Iraq War?
The Iraq War may have begun as a simply conflict between a U.S. led coalition and Saddam Hussein's Army. Now, however, there are multiple combatants and possibly multiple wars, as well as terrorism in Iraq. Here's a breakdown of the armies, militias and groups who are fighting the Iraq War.

Computer Security Methods Defend Against Cyberterrorism
Computer Security, already challenged by accidents, viruses and cybercrime, has a new foe: cyberterrorism. Here find eight ways you can enhance computer security, whether you run a large organization or a home network.

Terrorist Financing--Five Myths about Al Qaeda Terrorist Financing and Money Laundering
Terrorist financing is by its nature a mysterious endeavor, and elaborate myths about Al Qaeda's terrorist financing and money laundering abound. Here's the truth about Osama bin Laden's personal fortune, whether blood diamonds funded the September 11, 2001 attacks ... and more.

Terrorism Timeline: Pakistan and the Global War on Terror
Pakistan plays highly conflicted role in the global war on terror. The country is a U.S. ally in the war, but is often accused of supporting Taliban and Al Qaeda presence in its northern provinces. Pakistan also has nuclear ambitions. This timeline of Pakistan's role in the war tells the story of Pakistan's complex relationship to terrorism and the war on terror since 2001.

Metal Detectors, a Key Anti-Terrorism and Airline Safety Technology
The use of metal detectors to identify weapons such as knives and guns, as well as mines, has made them a key anti-terrorism and airline safety technology.

Sleep Deprivation
Sleep deprivation is among the techniques used in interrogating terrorism suspects.

Torture
Torture and terrorism have become linked topics in the context of the

Dirty Bomb
Dirty Bomb is the colloquial name for a Radiological Dispersal Device

Camera Surveillance
Camera Surveillance is considered a

Biometrics: Facial Recognition Software
Facial Recognition Software promises to pick faces out of a crowd, even those of terrorists.

Biometrics: Fingerprint Scanning
Fingerprint scans already convert fingerprints to digital code to make sure computer users, library book borrowers and office workers are who they say they are. Some think fingerprint scanning is a useful counterterrorism tool.

Biometrics: Iris Scanning
Iris scanning examines the features in the tissue surrounding eye's pupil. Easy, though not foolproof, it may be the fingerprinting of the 21st century.

Extraordinary Rendition
Extraordinary Renditions are the transport of foreign terrorism suspects to third countries for interrogation.

Group Psychology
A number of prominent scholars of terrorism now agree that the dynamics of group, or organizational, or social psychology are more important than individual psychology to understand terrorism.

Yasir Arafat -- Profile of Yasir Arafat (Fatah, PLO)
Profile of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat

Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial intelligence technologies to process large amounts of data are considered indispensable anti-terrorism tools by federal agencies and bureaus such as the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

Pakistan Kashmir History -- A History of Pakistan's Role in the Kashmir Conflict
Pakistan's Kashmir history is an integral part of its foreign policy and military policy. In order to understand Pakistan's relationship to Islamist groups and Afghanistan policy, it is important to understand the history of Pakistan's Kashmir policies.

2008: Mumbai Attacks
On November 26, 2008, attackers opened fire on foreigners and tourists in a number of locations in Mumbai, one of India's largest cities. The attack was unprecedented for the scale of its coordination and the effort to target foreigners, especially UK and US nationals.

Abu Ghraib prison
Abu Ghraib is an Iraqi province, and the location of the Abu Ghraib prison. Release of U.S. troops' torturing US soldiers in 2004 linked the name to scandal.

War on Terror
The Global War on Terrorism, often shortened to the

Ayman Al Zawahiri -- A Profile of Al Qaeda 'Second in Command,' Ayman Al Zawahiri
Ayman al Zawahiri began his life as a militant Islamist as a fifteen year old in Cairo. An ambitious leader, he later became what many suspect was one of the chief planners of the 9/11 attacks.

Mas Selamat Kastari (Jemaah Islamiyah, Singapore)
Mas Selamat Kastari was already a well known figure as the alleged Singapore head of Jemaah Islamiyah, when he received worldwide attention for his escape from Singaporan prison in February 2002.

Terrorists
Terrorists. Who are they and what do they want? Here, find terrorist groups organized by country, type, tactic and time period; profiles of history's most notorious terrorists and terrorist attacks, and timely news about currently active terrorists and groups throughout the world.

Notorious Terrorists Gallery--History of Terrorism through Its Actors
The history of terrorism is best told through the people who commit it. These notorious terrorists are the backbone of the history of terrorism.

Hamas -- profile of the State Department designated Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas
Hamas, the Gaza based Palestinian movement, is both a political party and a terrorist group known for its history of suicide bombings.

Hijacking
The illegal seizure of an aircraft, ship or vehicle is a long-established terrorist tactic.

Origins and History of Terrorism in Central and Eastern Asia
The origins and history of terrorism in Asia, including Central Asia (Afghanistan and Pakistan), Southeast Asia (Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Phillippines, India and Japan).

Terrorism in the name of Christianity
Terrorism in the name of Christianity rose in the last quarter of the twentieth century. Virulent anti-government and anti-pluralist visions gave rise to Christian reconstructionism, dominion theology and groups such as the Army of God. More here about theology behind the violent message, notable attacks, and related issues.

Islam: Religion, Politics, Violence, Terrorism
As with other major world faiths, Islam has a substantial history of militancy and violence perpetrated in its name. This page explains the history, terms and contemporary events relating Islam, politics, militancy and terrorism.

Terrorist tactics & training
Find out more here about the clandestine operating tactics of terrorist groups: articles and links on terrorist recruitment, finance, propaganda and weapons selection.