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41 Ben Venzke and Aimee Ibrahim, The al-Qaeda Threat: An Analytical Guide to al-Qaeda’s Tactics and Targets (Alexandria: Tempest Publishing, LLC, 2003), 12, quoting Abu ‘Ubeid al-Qurashi, “Fourth Generation Wars,” 28 January 2002. S. Government, agencies responsible for different functions in the global war on terrorism use different definitions. ”42 For the purposes of this document, this will be the standard definition. However, this is not the last or only word on the subject. 43 Here is a sampling of definitions to illustrate the difficulties of categorizing and analyzing terrorism.

Another crucial service a state sponsor can provide is false documentation, not only for personal identification (passports, internal identification documents), but also for financial transactions and weapons purchases. Other means of support are access to training facilities and expertise not readily available to groups without extensive resources. Finally, the extension of diplomatic protections and services, such as immunity from extradition, diplomatic passports, use of embassies and other protected grounds, and diplomatic pouches to transport weapons or explosives have been significant to some groups.

Insurgencies require the active or tacit support of some portion of the involved population. External support such as recognition or approval from other countries or political entities can be useful to insurgents, but is not required. A terror group does not require57 and rarely has the active support or even the sympathy of a large percentage of the population. While insurgents will frequently describe themselves as “insurgents” or “guerrillas,” terrorists will not refer to themselves as “terrorists” but often describe themselves using military or political terminology (“freedom fighters,” “soldiers,” “activists”).

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