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The use of violence and intimidation against innocent civilians in the pursuit of political or religious aims.

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underwear bomb

Law enforcement; Terrorism

An improvised explosive device built by sewing explosives inside the underwear fabrics. It is designed to evade airport metal detectors as it doesn't contain any metal components. The bomb is ...

bee eater

Law enforcement; Terrorism

The bee eaters are any of the various brightly colored birds that are found chiefly in Africa, Asia, southern Europe, Australia, and New Guinea. The bee eaters are so named because they predominantly ...

Mexican drug war

Law enforcement; Terrorism

Forty-nine headless and limbless bodies were found on May 13, 2012 on a northern Mexico highway near the Texan border. The bodies were killings in conjunction with the escalating war between ...

toxin agent

Law enforcement; Terrorism

Contrasting with inorganic poisons, a toxin agent is a poison formed as a specific secretion product in the metabolism of a vegetable or animal organism. Toxin agent poisons can also be manufactured ...

Let's roll!

Law; Terrorism

"Are you guys ready? OK. Let's roll!" was the last thing said by Todd Beamer, one of the passengers who fought hijackers aboard Flight 93, before the plane crashed near Shanksville Pennsylvania on ...

choking agents

Military; Terrorism

Substances that cause physical injury to the lungs. Exposure is through inhalation. In extreme cases, membranes swell and lungs become filled with liquid. Death results from lack of oxygen; hence, ...

Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (DFTO)

Military; Terrorism

A political designation determined by the U.S. Department of State. Members listed as a DFTO are subject to legal penalties such as being restricted to travel into the U.S., and proscribed from ...

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