Brunt of Global Terrorist Attacks Born By Three Countries

Kedar Pavgi , Defense One
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Kedar Pavgi , Defense One
Dec. 23, 2013, 4:02 a.m.

A new study track­ing world­wide ter­ror­ism at­tacks has found that last year more than half oc­curred in just three coun­tries: Pakistan, Ir­aq and Afgh­anistan.

But the sur­vey also not­ably il­lus­trates the shift of ter­ror­ism out of the war zones of the last dec­ade, re­port­ing a sig­ni­fic­ant in­crease in at­tacks by dis­persed al-Qaeda af­fil­i­ated groups, but none linked to al-Qaeda’s cent­ral lead­er­ship.

Those top three coun­tries were hit by 54 per­cent of the at­tacks, and suffered 58 per­cent of the fatal­it­ies in 2012, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased Thursday by the Uni­versity of Mary­land-based Na­tion­al Con­sor­ti­um for the Study of Ter­ror­ism and Re­sponses to Ter­ror­ism, or START. The group found ter­ror­ist or­gan­iz­a­tions re­spons­ible for the greatest num­ber of at­tacks in­cluded the Taliban, al-Qaeda af­fil­i­ates in the Ar­a­bi­an Pen­in­sula and Ir­aq, and Tehrik-e-Taliban. The find­ing comes as re­cent re­ports in­dic­ate Al-Qaeda’s core may be co­ales­cing around a new lead­er.

“While ter­ror­ist at­tacks have in large part moved away from West­ern Europe and North Amer­ica to Asia, the Middle East and Africa, world­wide ter­ror­ism is reach­ing new levels of de­struct­ive­ness,” Gary La­Free, the dir­ect­or of START said in a state­ment. The next five coun­tries most hit by ter­ror­ist at­tacks are In­dia, Ni­ger­ia, Somalia, Ye­men and Thai­l­and. Pre­vi­ous highs for ter­ror­ist at­tacks and fatal­it­ies were last set in 2011 and 2007, re­spect­ively.

This art­icle was pub­lished in Glob­al Se­cur­ity News­wire, which is pro­duced in­de­pend­ently by Na­tion­al Journ­al Group un­der con­tract with the Nuc­le­ar Threat Ini­ti­at­ive. NTI is a non­profit, non­par­tis­an group work­ing to re­duce glob­al threats from nuc­le­ar, bio­lo­gic­al, and chem­ic­al weapons.

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