International Terrorism: A Global Threat

International Terrorism: A Global Threat

Author: Mr. Mudit Saxena, Galgotias University

What is Terrorism?

The word terrorism is derived from the Latin term “terrere” which means immense threat or fear. Terrorism may also be defined as a strategy for the pressure that uses or takes steps to use brutality so as to spread dread and hence accomplish political or ideological objectives. There have been several meanings given to the term. Hence, there is no universal definition of terrorism.

Terrorism spreads threat in form of violence and brutality which is directed towards innocent civilians with the aim to influence the governments or just to create a notion of fear among the people and governments of the organization that creates such terrorism. Terrorism is not new to the world, it was coined way back to denote the “Reign of Terror”, during the French Revolution from 5th September 1793 to 27 July 1794.

Over time, terrorism has evolved many facets and has taken various forms. The following are the most prominent types of terrorism prevailing and recognized in the contemporary society:

  • State- sponsored Terrorism: When one state government uses terrorist actions upon another state government, example: Terrorist act from Pakistan upon India (as accepted by former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf in the year 2016) is an example of state sponsored terrorism. Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Cuba, Iraq, Libya, South Yemen and Pakistan are some of the countries involved in State sponsored terrorism.
  • Dissent Terrorism: They are the group which rebel against the government and use terrorist acts for the same.
  • International Terrorism: The terrorist attacks which happen at a place and that place is select due to its international importance, in order to create a global terror.
  • Ideological Terrorism: Fear mongering spurred by political frameworks of conviction (belief systems), which champion oneself saw innate privileges of a specific gathering or enthusiasm for restriction to an-other gathering or intrigue. The arrangement of conviction joins hypothetical and philosophical justifications for fiercely affirming the privileges of the supported gathering or intrigue.
  • Religious Terrorism: Psychological oppression roused by a flat out conviction that a supernatural force has endorsed and directed the utilization of fear monger brutality for the more noteworthy brilliance of the confidence. Strict fear based oppression is generally directed with regards to what adherents consider to be the one genuine confidence.
  • Criminal Terrorism: This kind of terrorism is exclusively profit-driven, and can be a blend of profit and governmental issues. For example, conventional composed hoodlums accumulate profits to finance their crime and for individual interests, while criminal-political undertakings secure profits to continue their development.
  • Cyber Terrorism: It is a form of terrorism in which the politically roused utilization of PCs and data innovation causes extreme disturbance or boundless dread in the public arena.

What are the causes of Terrorism?

Mental Perspective

The individuals who take part in terrorism may do as such for absolutely close to home reasons, in view of their own mental perspective. Their inspiration might be not all that much than abhor or the craving for power. For instance, in 1893 Auguste Vaillant besieged the French Chamber of Deputies. Before his conviction and resulting execution, Vaillant clarified his inspiration as far as loathe for the center classes. Vaillant needed to ruin the feeling of financial and social achievement, by spoiling it with his savagery. In numerous regards, this fear-based oppressor is keen on getting consideration from others for their demonstration, as opposed to some fantastic ideological or key objective.

Ideological Perspective

Philosophy is characterized as the convictions, values, and additionally standards by which a gathering recognizes its specific points and objectives. Philosophy may include religion or political methods of reasoning and projects. Instances of fear-based oppressor bunches spurred by philosophy incorporate the Irish Republican Army (IRA), in Sri Lanka the Liberation Tigers of Tamal Eelam (LTTE), and the Bader Meinhoff in Germany. The IRA is propelled by a political program to remove the United Kingdom from Ireland and join Ireland under one banner. Also, the LTTE looks to build up a different state for their kin, the Tamals in Sri Lanka. At long last, the Bader Meinhoff was a fear-based oppressor bunch made up of working-class grown-ups who contradicted private enterprise and tried to decimate the industrialist framework in Germany.

Vital Perspective

Terrorism is now and then observed as a legitimate augmentation of the disappointment of legislative issues. When individuals look for a review of their complaints through government, yet neglect to win the government’s thoughtfulness regarding their situation, they may turn to brutality. From this perspective, terrorism is the consequence of a legitimate examination of the objectives and destinations of a gathering, and their gauge of the probability of picking up triumph. On the off chance that triumph appears to be impossible utilizing increasingly conventional methods for resistance, at that point one may compute that terrorism is a superior alternative. For instance, in South Africa the African National Congress just went to the utilization of terrorism after political roads were investigated and fizzled. Obviously, not simply people may feel let somewhere around the political procedure. States may utilize fear mongers in the quest for their claim vital interests. States may support fear monger gatherings, particularly when the targets of the state and the psychological oppressor bunch are comparable. For instance, Libya utilized psychological oppressors to detonate a bomb on board Pan Am 103 flying from London to New York in 1988, purportedly because of U.S. also, British shelling of Libya.

International Laws and Treaties to counter International Terrorism

There are follow International Laws and Treaties to counter International Terrorism:

  • 1963 Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed On Board Aircraft
  • 1970 Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft
  • 1971 Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation
  • 1988 Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts of Violence at Airports Serving International Civil Aviation, supplementary to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation
  • 2010 Convention on the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Relating to International Civil Aviation
  • 2010 Protocol Supplementary to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft
· 2014 Protocol to Amend the Convention on Offences and Certain Acts Committed on Board Aircraft
  • 1973 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Internationally Protected Persons
  • 1979 International Convention against the Taking of Hostages
  • 1988 Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation
  • 2005 Protocol to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation
  • 1988 Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf
  • 2005 Protocol to the Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms located on the Continental Shelf
  • 1991 Convention on the Marking of Plastic Explosives for the Purpose of Detection
  • 1997 International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings
  • 1999 International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism
  • 2005 International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism

All these Conventions have been brought to counter all forms of terrorisms prevailing globally.

Few major Instances of Terrorism


The September 11 assaults (likewise alluded to as 9/11) were a progression of four facilitated psychological militant assaults by the Islamic fear based oppressor bunch al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The assaults brought about 2,977 casualty fatalities, more than 25,000 wounds, and caused, at any rate, $10 billion in a framework and property damage. Additional individuals have kicked the bucket of 9/11-related malignant growth and respiratory maladies in the months and years following the assaults.

Four traveler aircraft worked by two significant U.S. traveler air transporters (United Airlines and American Airlines)— all of which withdrew from air terminals in the north-eastern United States headed for San Francisco and Los Angeles—were seized by 19 al-Qaeda psychological oppressors. Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, collided with the North and South towers, separately, the World Trade Centre complex in Lower Manhattan. Inside an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers fallen. Flotsam and jetsam and the subsequent flames caused a fractional or finish breakdown of every other structure in the World Trade Centre complex, including the 47-story 7 World Trade Centre pinnacle, just as huge harm to ten other huge encompassing structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was collided with the Pentagon (the home office of the U.S. Branch of Defence) in Arlington County, Virginia, which prompted an incomplete breakdown of the structure’s west side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was at first flown toward Washington, D.C., yet collided with a field in Stony Creek Township close Shanks Ville, Pennsylvania after its travelers obstructed the thieves. 9/11 is the single deadliest psychological militant assault in mankind’s history and the single deadliest occurrence for firemen and law requirement officials throughout the entire existence of the United States, with 343 and 72 slaughtered, respectively.


The 2008 Mumbai attacks (likewise alluded to as 26/11) were a progression of fear-based oppressor attacks that occurred in November 2008, when 10 individuals from Lashkar-e-Taiba, a psychological oppressor association situated in Pakistan, completed 12 facilitated shooting and besieging attacks enduring four days across Mumbai. The attacks, which drew broad worldwide judgment, started on Wednesday 26 November and went on until Saturday 29 November 2008. In any event, 174 individuals passed on, including 9 attackers, and more than 300 were wounded.

Eight of the attacks happened in South Mumbai at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai Chabad House, The Oberoi Trident, The Taj Palace and Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, The Nariman House, the Metro Cinema, and in a path antiquated of India building and St. Xavier’s College. There was likewise a blast at Mazagaon, in Mumbai’s port region, and in a taxi at Vile Parle. By the early morning of 28 November, all locales aside from the Taj Hotel had been made sure about by the Mumbai Police and security powers. On 29 November, India’s National Security Guards (NSG) led Operation Black Tornado to flush out the rest of the attackers; it finished in the passing of the final attackers at the Taj Hotel and finished the attacks.

Pakistan denounced the attacks. Ajmal Kasab, the sole enduring attacker, unveiled that the attackers were individuals from the fear monger bunch Lashkar-e-Taiba, among others. The Government of India expressed that the attackers originated from Pakistan, and their controllers were in Pakistan. Pakistan later affirmed that the sole enduring culprit of the attacks was a Pakistani citizen. On 9 April 2015, the preeminent instigator of the attacks, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was discharged on bail and vanished. In 2018, previous Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif proposed that the Pakistani government assumed a job in the 2008 Mumbai attack.


On 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday, three houses of worship in Sri Lanka and three lavish inns in the business capital, Colombo, were focused on a progression of composed Islamic fear monger suicide bombings. Soon thereafter, there were littler blasts at a lodging complex in Dematagoda and a visitor house in Dehiwala. 200 and fifty-nine individuals were killed, including in any event 45 remote nationals and three cops, and at any rate 500 were injured. The congregation bombings were completed during Easter administrations in Negombo, Batticaloa, and Colombo; the lodgings that were bombarded were the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury, and Tropical Inn. According to the State Intelligence Service, the second influx of attacks was likewise arranged however was halted because of government assaults.


Any enemy of psychological militant estimates must be, and be believed to be, coordinated uniquely at fear based oppressors. The reaction must be constrained, all around characterized, and controlled. It must be both approach and practice for the administration and its security powers to act inside the law. Expanding demonstrations of transnational violations and psychological warfare are representing the greatest difficulties to the acculturated presence of social orders and the comity of countries. Sorted out lawbreakers and psychological oppressors’ work without any potential repercussions in any piece of the world created a joke of worldwide co-activity and human rights.

What is missing is the will with respect to the world network. The opportunity has already come and gone the part states concur on the terms, conditions, definitions and modalities to be received in issues of removal and in requesting common help with criminal issues.

Fear-based oppression in whatever structure and in the entirety of its indications is a scourge to humankind and there ought to be exacting legitimate control. It has put a question mark on the most fundamental and essential human rights of the individuals i.e., right to life. Worldwide estimates alone are not skilled in battling the demonstrations of fear-based oppression except if States themselves are not eager to smothering it. The General Assembly on understanding the significance of the job of the States right now approached States to take “fitting measures” at the national level and to co-work with one another to wipe out worldwide fear based oppression.

Also, exorbitant deferrals in court decisions have permitted scores of activists to mull in prisons for a considerable length of time together. Taking into account the predominant circumstance overall there is a show requirement for India also to think about a lasting antiterrorist law. Rules ought to be encircled for fixed security at all passage focuses, making access to the nation progressively hard for the evacuees. A joint hostile ought to be leveled against psychological militants and nations that help fear based oppression. A model law or some enforceable show at the worldwide level ought to be there, something which has been done in the business law, for example, UNICTRAL model law.

For the issue of fear-mongering to be tackled, two kinds of changes must occur in the manner the world capacities. Right off the bat, we should move past the division of picking between fears forced political agitation on one side and totalitarianism as a reaction to the danger on the other. Retaliating through popular government and the standard of law is the best strategy. Furthermore, the change ought to include re-examining the manner in which nations respond and handling the reasons why individuals go to fear-based oppression.