Motives and Tactics of Terrorist Groups,
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION WASHINGTON DC
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This paper present a brief overview of major terrorist operations throughout the world and identified common objectives and means of their achievement. The common, recurring ingredients A terrorist group is formed to change an existing political system or right alleged wrong which, in its view, cannot be accomplished by working within the system A fanaticism or fervor is manifested by a political or revolutionary ideology, sufficient to justify acts of violence i.e., terrorism by the group, to focus public attention on its goals Elements of clandestinity and secrecy exist in the groups operation The group procures and provides training, weapons, funding, and other support for its members and Participants in terrorist activity are generally members of a group with some distinction of leadership. It is noted that two pragmatic concepts seem to run parallel to ideological beliefs 1 The commission of terrorist acts is less expensive than waging war, in terms of manpower and revenue, and 2 such acts can be well publicized, through a sophisticated international media, thereby focusing attention on, and generating potential support for, the cause.