Terrorist organization

This is a list of designated terrorist organizations by national governments, former governments and inter-governmental organizations, where the proscription has a significant impact on the group's activities. Many organizations that are accused of being a terrorist organization deny using terrorism as a military tactic to achieve their goals, and there is no international consensus on the legal definition of terrorism.

This listing does not include states or governmental organizations, which are considered under state terrorism, or unaffiliated individuals accused of terrorism, which are considered under lone wolf terrorism. This list also excludes groups that might be widely considered terrorist, but who are not officially so designated according to the criteria specified above.

Organizations currently officially designated as terrorist by various governments

Organization UN













Abdullah Azzam Shaheed Brigade
Abu Nidal Organization
Abu Sayyaf
Akhil Bharat Nepali Ekta Samaj
al-Aqsa Foundation
30px al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades
al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya
Al Ghurabaa
al-Haramain Foundation
Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya
al-Qaeda in Iraq
al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
Takfir wal-Hijra
All Tripura Tiger Force
Ansar al-Sharia (Tunisia)
Ansar al-Islam
Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna
Ansar Dine
Armed Islamic Group of Algeria
Army of Islam
Osbat al-Ansar
Aum Shinrikyo
Babbar Khalsa
Babbar Khalsa International
Balochistan Liberation Army
Caucasus Emirate
Central Intelligence Agency
Communist Party of India (Maoist)
Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist)
Communist Party of the Philippines/
New People's Army
Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist–Leninist
Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei
Continuity Irish Republican Army
Cumann na mBan
Deendar Anjuman
East Turkestan Information Center
East Turkestan Islamic Movement
East Turkestan Liberation Organization
Egyptian Islamic Jihad
El Kaide Terör Örgütü Türkiye Yapılanması
20px ETA
Fianna Éireann
Great Eastern Islamic Raiders' Front
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades
Haqqani network
Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami
Harkat-al-Jihad al-Islami in Bangladesh
Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin
Hezbollah Military Wing
Hezbollah External Security Organisation
Hilafet Devleti
Hizb ut-Tahrir
Hizbul Mujahideen
Hofstad Network
30px Holy Land Foundation
for Relief and Development
Indian Mujahideen
International Sikh Youth Federation
Irish National Liberation Army
Irish People's Liberation Organisation
Provisional Irish Republican Army
Aden-Abyan Islamic Army
Islamic Jihad - Jamaat Mujahideen
Islamic Jihad Union
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
Jabhat al-Nusra
Jamaat Ul-Furquan
Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh
Jamiat al-Islah al-Idzhtimai
Jamiat ul-Ansar
Jamiat-e Islami
Jemaah Islamiyah
Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid
Jund al-Sham
Kach and Kahane Chai
Kangleipak Communist Party
Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup
Kata'ib Hezbollah
Khalistan Commando Force
Khalistan Zindabad Force
Khuddam ul-Islam
30px Kurdistan Democratic Party/North
Kurdistan Freedom Falcons
Kurdistan Workers' Party
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
Loyalist Volunteer Force
Manipur People’s Liberation Front
Maoist Communist Centre of India
Marxist–Leninist Communist Party
Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group
Muslim Brotherhood
National Democratic Front of Bodoland
National Liberation Army
National Liberation Front of Tripura
Orange Volunteers
Palestine Liberation Front
Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine
People's Congress of Ichkeria and Dagestan
People's Liberation Army of Manipur
People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command
Real Irish Republican Army
Red Hand Commando
Red Hand Defenders
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
Revolutionary Organization 17 November
Revolutionary Party of Kurdistan
Revolutionary People's Liberation Party–Front
Revolutionary Struggle
Saor Éire
The Saved Sect
Tevhid-Selam (Kudüs Ordusu)
Shining Path[23]
Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan
Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage
Stichting Al Aqsa
Students Islamic Movement of India
Supreme Military Majlis ul-Shura of the United Mujahideen Forces of Caucasus
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan
Tamil Nadu Liberation Army
Tamil National Retrieval Troops
Ulster Defence Association
Ulster Volunteer Force
30px United Liberation Front of Assam
United National Liberation Front
United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia
United States Army
Vanguards of Conquest
World Tamil Movement
World Uygur Youth Congress

Organizations officially designated as terrorist in the past

Below is the list of organizations that have officially been designated as terrorist in the past, by the respective parties, but have since been delisted.

Organization AUS









African National Congress  ? to 2008[24][25]
Aum Shinrikyo  ? to 2011/07/18[3][26]
United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia  ? to 2011/07/18[3][26]
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine 1997/08/10 to 1999/08/10[1]  ? to ?
30px ETA 2006/05/06 to ?[27]
Fatah  ? to ?
Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council 2000/11/16[28] to 2011[6][29]
Kach and Kahane Chai  ? to 2010/07/12[30][31]
Japanese Red Army 1997/10/08 to 2001/10/08[32]
Khmer Rouge 1997/10/08 to 1999/10/08[32]
Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front 1997/10/08 to 1999/10/08[32]
People's Mujahedin of Iran  ? to 2012/12  ? to 2010[33] 1997/10/08 to 2012/09/28[1]
Palestine Liberation Front  ? to 2010/07/12[30][31]
Palestine Liberation Organization  ? to ?
Revolutionary Nuclei 1997/08/10 to 2009/05/18[32]
Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement 1997/08/10 to 2001/10/08[32]
Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)  ? to 2012/09/06[34]

Process of designation


Since 2002, the


Since December 18, 2001, article 83.05 of the Canadian Criminal Code allows the Governor in Council to maintain a list of entities that are engaged in terrorism, facilitating it, or acting on behalf of such an entity.[36]

Entities are reviewed by the Minister and the

European Union

The European Union has two lists of designated terrorist organisations that provide for different sanctions for the two groups.[38]

UN 1267 regime List

Al-Qaida, the Taliban and their associates.

  • prohibition of sale or transfer of arms and related materiel.
  • the freezing of funds and other financial assets or resources.
  • the prevention of entry onto or transit through the territories of Member States.
  • a prohibition on provision of technical assistance or training in military matters or in the manufacture or maintenance of arms and related materiel.

The EU provides exceptions to the implementation of relevant asset-freezing sanctions per UN resolution 1452 (2002). Upon request, a competent national authority may determine to release funds on the following grounds if, within the time limit provided for, there has been no objection made, or a release has been explicitly approved, by the UN Sanctions Committee.

  • necessary to cover basic expenses, intended for the payment of professional fees for legal services or for the payment of fees or services in relation to the maintenance of frozen funds or assets
  • necessary for extraordinary expenses

Autonomous List

All other designated organizations.

  • the freezing of all funds, other financial assets and economic resources.
  • a ban on directly or indirectly making funds, other financial assets and economic resources available.

It is important to note that sanctions are only applicable to EU-external groups regardless of designation. For example, 47 groups are listed as terrorist organizations in the EU but sanctions are only applied to 27 of these. Member States do have an obligation to assist each other in preventing and combating terrorist acts but this is the only action that follows from the designation of an EU-internal organization.

  • European Union list of terrorist groups and individuals, 25 June 2012

United Kingdom

  • UK Statute Law Database

United States

  • Terror Exclusion List (TEL)
  • Executive Order 13224 blocking Terrorist Property and a summary of the Terrorism Sanctions Regulations (Title 31 Part 595 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations), Terrorism List Governments Sanctions Regulations (Title 31 Part 596 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations), and Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations (Title 31 Part 597 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations)
  • US Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, 'What you need to know about U.S. Sanctions'
  • US Department of State Terrorist Designation Lists
  • US Department of State Country Reports on Terrorism 2008


Under the


  • (Russian)

See also


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