Nondomestic terrorism, also known as international terrorism, foreign terrorism, and transnational terrorism, is premeditated, politically motivated criminal acts involving violence, destruction, and fear against civilian or other noncombatant targets of one country or nation by subnational groups or clandestine agents of another country or nation. Today most transnational terrorism concerns religion, homeland independence (national identity), or ethnic separatism.

Definitions of Terrorism

While it is relatively easy to establish the key elements of transnational terrorism, there is no agreement on a single definition or identifying term. Title 18 of the U.S. Code, Section 2331, defines international terrorism as activities that

(1)(A) involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or any State; (B) appear to ...

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