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 has said it will deploy 600 additional troops to the border zone between Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. French forces are also seeking to train local fighters who Paris says are unprepared to take on jihadi groups.
German second division club St. Pauli have asked police why they have appeared alongside jihadi and far-right groups on a UK counterterrorism guide. The club are renowned for their activism and their fans are baffled.
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Africa has started 2020 battling extremism. Boko Haram assaults have killed several people in Nigeria. Meanwhile, attacks by al-Shabab in Kenya has left the East African nation on edge. At the heart of extremism are young, radicalized Africans. What is fueling the surge in attacks and what can be done to quell it? Listen to this show for some insights.