Oxford Dictionaries defines terrorism as "the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims."
US dictionary Merriam-Webster describes terrorism as "the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion." There is, however, no commonly accepted definition. The term is often used in connection with unprovoked attacks and killings by an ideologically motivated group, like the so-called "Islamic State" (IS). But it is also sometimes used by governments to denounce opposition groups. This page collates DW content on terrorism.
Paris does not want them — the wives of 'Islamic State' fighters and their children languishing in Syrian jails. But refusing to allow them to return to France will ultimately backfire, says DW's Luisa von Richthofen.