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Terrorism & War


Terrorism & War

Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the country for purposes of intimidation, coercion, or ransom. Terrorists often use threats to:

  • Create fear among the public.
  • Try to convince citizens that their government is powerless to prevent terrorism.
  • Get immediate publicity for their causes.

Acts of terrorism include threats of terrorism; assassinations; kidnappings; hijackings; bomb scares and bombings; cyber attacks (computer-based); and the use of chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological weapons.

High-risk targets for acts of terrorism include military and civilian government facilities, international airports, large cities, and high-profile landmarks. Terrorists might also target large public gatherings, water and food supplies, utilities, and corporate centers. Further, terrorists are capable of spreading fear by sending explosives or chemical and bio...More

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What is terrorism?

  • Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for purposes of intimidation, coercion or ransom.
  • Domestic terrorism involves groups or individuals whose terrorist activities are directed at elements of our government or population without foreign direction.
  • International terrorism involves groups or individuals whose terrorist activities are foreign-based and/or directed by countries or groups outside the United States or whose activities transcend national boundaries.
  • Biological agents are infectious microbes or toxins used to produce illness or death in people, animals or plants. They can be dispersed as aerosols or airborne particles.
  • Chemical agents kill or incapacitate people, destroy livestock or ravage crops. Some are odorless and tasteless and are difficult to detect. They can have an immediate effect (a few seconds to a few minutes) or a delayed effect (several hours to several days).

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How can people cope with terrorism and war?

  • The intensity of the process of grieving and working through feelings after an incident will likely be in relationship to how closely you have been impacted.
  • Those people most directly impacted by the violence and death are at heightened risk for experiencing trauma disorders. A trauma disorder occurs (in the broadest sense) when a person is not able to follow a normal process of grief through to resolution, and instead gets stuck in it, reliving the emotions and memories associated with the trauma over and over.
  • If you are a veteran or are caring for one, here are some mental health resources to make the journey a little easier.
  • Discover twenty ideas on positive ways to promote peace in our badly broken world.
  • Learn about some wartime stress survival tips.

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News Articles

  • Another Legacy of Terror Attacks: Migraines

    Survivors of terror attacks may be at risk of developing frequent migraines or tension-type headaches, a new study suggests. More...

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    Now, researchers say there may be a quick way to seal severe eye injuries until they can be treated by doctors. More...

  • Gulf War Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are Distinct Disorders: Study

    The illnesses share symptoms such as pain, fatigue, thinking problems and exhaustion after exercise. More...

  • Helping Children Cope When a Mass Tragedy Strikes

    For children, these tragedies can make the world seem like a terrifying place. More...

  • Military-Related Trauma Tied to Eating Disorder Symptoms

    Noncombat, military-related trauma is associated with eating disorder symptom severity in male veterans, according to a study published online Sept. 23 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. More...

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      Mental health experts say it's important for parents to encourage teens to follow through with their plans. More...

    • 'Fight or Flight' Response Greater in Combat Vets With PTSD: Study

      This heightened stress could increase their risk for heart disease, researchers say. More...

    • Drinking, Drug Abuse Doubles Veterans' Suicide Risk: Study

      Rate 5 times higher for female vets who abuse alcohol, drugs than for female vets who don't. More...

    • Many VHA Patients Eligible for Lung Cancer Screening

      Many Veterans Health Administration patients are eligible for lung cancer screening (LCS) with low-dose computed tomography, and the use of LCS is increasing slowly among eligible patients, according to two studies published online Jan. 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine. More...

    • Rate of Genitourinary Injuries Up Among U.S. Service Men

      A total of 1,367 male U.S. service members deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom sustained genitourinary injury, according to a study published in the February issue of The Journal of Urology. More...

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