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The systematic use of terror or violence to achieve political goals. This definition of terrorism is not wholly adequate; more than 100 definitions of this term exist because there are many types of terrorism that differ in time, motivation, and manifestations, and there is no agreed-on definition. Nevertheless, elements of terrorism that are generally agreed on are its use or threatened use of violence to achieve some political aim, the acquisition and use of power, and the planned, calculated, and systematic characteristics of the act itself. Although terrorists themselves may embrace a specific ideology that justifies their acts, terrorism itself is not an ideology but rather one of the oldest forms of violence.

The pioneers of suicide terrorism were the Assassins, who operated between the 8th ...

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