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What is global terrorism?

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Global terrorism is defined as acts of crime or violence intended to further political of religious ideologies. The terrorism can consist of threats, violence or intimidation to coerce a government, group or society in general.

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What is global terrorism?
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Global terrorism comes in many forms including suicide bombings and attacks on foreign lands. One major example of global terrorism is the September 11, 2001 attacks where members of a terrorist group called Al Qaeda flew planes into the World Trade Center in New York City. Not all terrorism takes place on such a large scale, however, and it is more common to see suicide bombers killing civilians and other groups of people in countries around the world. As of September of 2014, the biggest display of terrorism that is taking place in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIL. The group intends on overthrowing the current government through violent acts, mainly directed at their rivals the Shia which is the other dominant religion of the region. Terrorists groups like this often recruit members, especially from countries in which they tend to attack to gain access or inside information.

When terrorism takes place, it affects not just the country in which the violence or threats are taking place, but it involves many countries. Stricter security and global cooperation is often required to try and prevent the terrorists groups from succeeding in their cause.

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