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Terrorism is, in the broadest sense, the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror among masses of people; or fear to achieve a religious or political aim. It is used in this regard primarily to refer to violence during peacetime or in war against non-combatants. The terms "terrorist" and "terrorism" originated during the French Revolution of the late 18th century but gained mainstream popularity in the 1970s in news reports and books covering the conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Basque Country and Palestine. The increased use of suicide attacks from the 1980s onwards was typified by the September 11 attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. in 2001.
There are different definitions of terrorism. Terrorism is a charged term. It is often used with the connotation of something that is "morally wrong". Governments and non-state groups use the term to abuse or denounce opposing groups. Varied political organizations have been accused of using terrorism to achieve their objectives. These organizations include right-wing and left-wing political organizations, nationalist groups, religious groups, revolutionaries and ruling governments. Legislation declaring terrorism a crime has been adopted in many states. There is no consensus as to whether or not terrorism should be regarded as a war crime.
The Global Terrorism Database, maintained by the University of Maryland, College Park, has recorded more than 61,000 incidents of non-state terrorism, resulting in at least 140,000 deaths between 2000 and 2014.
On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria
, heir presumptive
to the Austro-Hungarian
throne, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg
, were shot dead
, by Gavrilo Princip
, one of a group of six Bosnian Serb
assassins coordinated by Danilo Ilić
. The political objective of the assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary's south-Slav provinces so they could be combined into a Greater Serbia
or a Yugoslavia
. The assassins' motives were consistent with the movement that later became known as Young Bosnia
. Serbian military officers stood behind the attack. At the top of these Serbian military conspirators was Chief of Serbian Military Intelligence Dragutin Dimitrijević
, his righthand man Major Vojislav Tankosić, and Masterspy Rade Malobabić. Major Tankosić armed (with bombs and pistols) and trained the assassins, and the assassins were given access to the same clandestine tunnel of safe-houses and agents that Rade Malobabić used for the infiltration of weapons and operatives into Austria-Hungary. The assassins, the key members of the clandestine tunnel, and the key Serbian military conspirators who were still alive were arrested, tried, convicted and punished. Those who were arrested in Bosnia were tried in Sarajevo in October 1914. The other conspirators were arrested and tried before a Serbian kangaroo court
on the French-controlled Salonika Front in 1916–1917 on unrelated false charges; Serbia executed three of the top military conspirators. Much of what is known about the assassinations comes from these two trials and related records. Assignment of responsibility for the bombing and murders of 28 June is highly controversial because the attack led to the outbreak of World War I
one month later.
Terrorist incidents, 1970–2015. A total of 157,520 incidents are plotted. Orange: 1970–1999, Red: 2000–2015
How terrorist groups end (n = 268): The most common ending for a terrorist group is to convert to nonviolence via negotiations (43 percent), with most of the rest terminated by routine policing (40 percent). Groups that were ended by military force constituted only 7 percent.
Sign notifying shoppers of increased surveillance due to a perceived increased risk of terrorism
The Wall Street bombing at noon on September 16, 1920 killed thirty-eight people and injured several hundred. The perpetrators were never caught.
Infant crying in Shanghai's South Station after the Japanese bombing, 28 August 1937.
There is speculation that anthrax mailed inside letters to U.S. politicians was the work of a lone wolf.
Top 10 Countries (2000–2014)
USS Arizona (BB-39) burning during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
Number of failed, foiled or successful terrorist attacks by year and type within the European Union. Source: Europol.
Seal of the Jacobin Club: 'Society of the Jacobins, Friends of Freedom and Equality'.
Worldwide non-state terrorist incidents 1970–2017
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Michael Patrick Murphy
(May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005) was a United States Navy SEAL posthumously
awarded the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor
, for his actions during the current War in Afghanistan
. He was the first person to be awarded the medal for actions in Afghanistan
; and the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War
. Michael Murphy was born and raised in New York
and after graduating from High school he went to Penn State, graduating with honors and dual degrees in both political science
. After college he accepted a commission in the United States Navy
and became a United States Navy SEAL in July 2002. Murphy was sent on several missions while participating in the Global War on Terrorism but was killed on June 28, 2005 after his squad was ambushed and surrounded by Taliban
forces in Asadabad, Afghanistan
. In addition to the Medal of Honor Murphy received other awards including the Silver Star and Purple heart as well as a United States Navy destroyer, Post office and park named in his honor.
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