Terrorism is a phenomenon that is specifically associated with the 21st century, though it has a relation with history. It is an international framework of organized violence transcending state boundaries through suicide bombing, terrorist attacks, airplane crashes etc. The attacks of 9/11 were the landmark of the emergence of this phenomenon in a globalized world of modern era because they were completely different from all previous incidents of terror. Global terrorism has been linked with Islamic Jihadi Organizations and state sponsored terrorism since this catastrophic event. This theory has both its supporters and opponents. The opponents of this theory generally emphasize the limited role and infrastructure of these Jihadi organizations and object to exaggerated propaganda of the West, especially USA, whereas, the supporters of the theory consider global terrorism the biggest threat to global security. This article analyzes this global issue to explore its hidden complexities in relation to US counter terrorism strategy and Jihadi organizations.
The term terrorism is being used frequently for the past two decades and at present this term has now become the most popular topic of discussion among political, education and social sectors of the society. However the dilemma is that there is no precise, single definition which is mutually agreed upon by the nations of the world. Sometimes a soldier of one nation becomes a symbol of threat for the opposing nation, at the same time a truly patriotic soldier of one state becomes a terrorist for another state. For this very reason scholars, as well as the common man seems puzzled, divided and confused in this regard.
Therefore this article will analyze the various definitions, descriptions as well as the difference between movement of freedom and terrorism. So that on one hand the correct application of the term can be used, on the other hand the concept of attributing every Muslim political opponent with the newly created universal phenomenon of terrorism can be abolished.