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Definitions of terrorism
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History of terrorism
International conventions
Anti-terrorism legislation

By ideology
Anarchist   · Communist · Eco-terrorism · Ethnic
Narcoterrorism · Nationalist

(Islamic · Christian · Jewish)
Types and tactics
Agro-terrorism · Aircraft hijacking (list)
Bioterrorism · Car bombing (list)
Environmental · Nuclear
Piracy · Propaganda of the deed
Proxy bomb · Suicide attack (list)
State involvement
State terrorism
State sponsorship
Iran · Pakistan · Russia
Sri Lanka · United States
Terrorist financing
Terrorist front organization
Terrorist training camp
Lone-wolf fighter
Clandestine cell system

Reign of Terror
Red Terror · White Terror

Designated organizations
Charities accused of ties to terrorism
Terrorist incidents
v • d • e
The definition of terrorism has proved controversial. Various legal systems and government agencies use different definitions of "terrorism". Moreover, the International community has been slow to formulate a universally agreed, legally binding definition of this crime. These difficulties arise from the fact that the term "terrorism" is politically and emotionally charged.[1]

Angus Martyn in a briefing paper for the Australian Parliament has stated that "The international community has never succeeded in developing an accepted comprehensive definition of terrorism. During the 1970s and 1980s, the United Nations attempts to define the term foundered mainly due to differences of opinion between various members about the use of violence in the context of conflicts over national liberation and self-determination."[2] These divergences have made it impossible to conclude a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that incorporates a single, all-encompassing,...


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