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What are Terrorist Groups?

What are Terrorist Groups?

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What are Terrorist Groups?

What is a
Terrorist Group?

A terrorist group is an organization that
systematically uses terroristic tactics, driven by a political, environmental,
or religious motivation to inflict mayhem on a society or functional
organization.
 Under common law, there is no universally legally-binding
definition of terrorism. Common definitions of terrorism constitute only violence
which are delivered to create fear.
 

A terrorist
group participates in violent and illegal as a means to achieve a religious,
political, or ideological goal. Terrorist groups organize and deliberately
target civilians to inflict chaos and fear on a given society. Terrorist groups
are typically not affiliated with governing bodies and maintain sovereignty
through their violent and malicious actions. The predominant characteristic
associated with a terrorist group is that they use violence against
noncombatants for the purpose of gaining publicity for the group or the
individuals within the group. Terrorist groups use this publicity to spread
their ideology and fear among a society.
 

The goal of
a terrorist group, in general, is to disrupt the sanctity and harmony of a
society through a direct and violent attack on the civilian base of the
underlying community.
 

Types of Terrorist Groups

The following types of terrorist groups initiate a
distinct form of terrorism:

Civil
Disorder: These groups deliver a collective form of violence which interferes
with the peace and security of a functioning community.

Political
Terrorist Groups: These groups engage in violent criminal behavior designed to
generate fear in a governing body or community. They are politically motivated.

Quasi
Terrorist Groups: The main purpose of a quasi-terrorist organization is not
meant to induce terror to the immediate victim. These groups, however, use the
modalities and techniques of a traditional terrorist group to produce a similar
consequence or public reaction. A common example is a group of felons who take
hostages.

State
Terrorism Groups: A form of terrorist group who rules an area through the
delivery of fear and oppression. This is a form of structural terrorism, which
is carried out by governing bodies in pursuit of distinct political objectives.

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