1. The calculated use of violence or threat of violence to inculcate fear; to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological. (AFPM 3-8-1) 2. The premedidated use or threatened use of violence or means of destruction perpetrated against innocent civilians or non-combatants, or against civilian and government properties, usually intended to influence an audience. Its purpose is to create a state of fear that will aid in extorting, coercing, intimidating, or causing individuals and groups to alter their behavior. Its methods are hostage-taking, piracy or sabotage, assassination, threats, hoaxes and indiscriminate bombings or shootings. (AFPM 3-8-1)

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