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Lesson 1-4 Intentions of Terrorist Groups

The intentions of terrorist groups include one or more of the following tactics:

  • Produce widespread fear.
  • Obtain worldwide, national or local recognition for their cause by attracting the attention of the media.
  • Harass, weaken, or embarrass government security forces so that the government overreacts and appears repressive.
  • Steal or extort money and equipment, especially weapons and ammunition.
  • Destroy facilities or disrupt lines of communication in order to create doubt that the government can provide for and protect its citizens.
  • Discourage foreign investments, tourism or assistance programs that can affect the target country’s economy and support of the government in power.
  • Influence government decisions, legislation or other critical decisions.
  • Free prisoners.
  • Satisfy vengeance.
  • Turn the tide in a guerrilla war by forcing government security forces to concentrate their efforts in urban areas. This allows the terrorist groups to establish themselves among the local populace in rural areas.


David L. Heiserman, Editor

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