chapter  1
Domestic and international terrorism
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While some scholars may prefer to categorize terrorist groups as left-or right-wing, ethnic, religious, state-sponsored, or any of a myriad of other possibilities, the dichotomous classification of domestic and international is not a novel one. The US Justice Department’s National Security Division, Counterterrorism Threat Assessment and Warning Unit, Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, and Federal Bureau of Investigation all use this classification in their publications regarding terrorism. According to the FBI,

International terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence committed by a group or individual, who has some connection to a foreign power or whose activities transcend national boundaries, against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.