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- n. a political movement that uses terror as a weapon to achieve its goals
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More doubt about al-Qaeda was planted in the Muslim world when Sayyid Imam al-Sharif, an important ideological influence on al-Qaeda, withdrew his support for the terrorist organization in a 2007 book written from his prison cell in Cairo.
Days after Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen and resident of Connecticut, tried to blow up a car bomb in Times Square, Sen. Joe Lieberman seized on renewed fears of a terrorist attack to announce his latest legislative gambit: the "Terrorism Expatriation Act" -- or "TEA" -- which would revoke the citizenship of any American "who is found to be involved with a foreign terrorist organization as designated by the State Department."
The German New Left, like many of their counterparts in Europe and the United States, saw the emerging Palestinian terrorist organization under the young Yasir Arafat as another romantic nationalist movement.
The case of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt makes the point: while the group itself is banned as a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government,* 88 of its members have used the vocal support of fundamentalist clerics to win seats in the 454-seat Egyptian parliament.
Al-Qaeda not only drove the Sunni tribes into a quite unexpected alliance with the Americans; around the same time the terrorist organization made another error that was to anger its allies in other Sunni insurgent groups, such as the 1920s Brigade and Islamic Army of Iraq, by killing some of their leaders.
After all, a terrorist organization like the Irish Republican Army would call in warnings before its attacks and its largest massacre only killed twenty-nine people.