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Gottinger writes: "Terror attacks have jumped by a stunning 6,500% since 2002, according to a new analysis by Reader Supported News."

A U.S. soldier secures a landing zone for a Black Hawk helicopter in the Shigal district center in Kunar province, Afghanistan. (photo: Getty)
A U.S. soldier secures a landing zone for a Black Hawk helicopter in the Shigal district center in Kunar province, Afghanistan. (photo: Getty)


Despite 14 Years of the US War on Terror, Terror Attacks Have Skyrocketed Since 9/11

By Paul Gottinger, Reader Supported News

11 September 15

 

error attacks have jumped by a stunning 6,500% since 2002, according to a new analysis by Reader Supported News. The number of casualties resulting from terror attacks has increased by 4,500% over this same time period. These colossal upsurges in terror took place despite a decade-long, worldwide effort to fight terrorism that has been led by the United States.

The analysis, conducted with figures provided by the US State Department, also shows that from 2007 to 2011 almost half of all the world’s terror took place in Iraq or Afghanistan – two countries being occupied by the US at the time.

Countries experiencing US military interventions continue to be subjected to high numbers of terror attacks, according to the data. In 2014, 74 percent of all terror-related casualties occurred in Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Syria. Of these five, only Nigeria did not experience either US air strikes or a military occupation in that year.

The data also show that the number of terror attacks around the world jumps up significantly shortly after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. In 2002, there were only 208 terror attacks, but by 2005 that figure had jumped to 11,000. There is no public data available on the number of terror attacks in 2004.

The State Department produced 2004’s terrorism data in its Patterns of Global Terrorism report from that year, but the report came under heavy criticism from the Bush administration for showing terrorism was at a 19-year high. These findings flew in the face of the Bush administration’s assertion that terrorism had declined in 2003, and as a result the 2004 data was never released.

The Bush administration ended the State Department’s annual report on terror, and instead issued a new report, which listed no methodology and withheld statistics on incidents of terrorism. The 2004 terrorism estimates in the table below are taken from CIA figures.

RSN’s analysis of the impact of 14 years of the US War on Terror seem to verify what the Institute for Economics and Peace’s Global Terrorism Index found last year. That report stated, “The rise in terrorist activity coincided with the US invasion of Iraq.” The US occupation, the report continues, “created large power vacuums in the country allowing different factions to surface and become violent.”

This so-called “Iraq Effect” has been reported by British intelligence, as well as in the US government’s own reports, which stated that “the war in Iraq has become the cause célèbre for jihadists” and that the war is “shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives.”

On October 7, the US war in Afghanistan will hit its 14th year. In one estimate, the US War on Terror may have killed between 1.3 and 2 million people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. This count doesn’t include deaths that have resulted from the drone wars in Somalia and Yemen, air strikes on Libya in 2011, and the current US bombing and military involvement in Syria.

These figures dwarf the roughly 3,000 people who tragically died in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The US invasion of Iraq destabilized Iraq and Syria, creating the conditions for the emergence of ISIS, which now controls large parts of the two countries. The invasion of Afghanistan has not been able to wrestle large sections of the country from the Taliban, leaving Afghanistan in state of perpetual war. And the air war to oust Muammar Gaddafi has left Libya in a state of chaos.

The instability caused by these wars, along with the atrocities perpetrated by US-led forces, which can be exploited for terrorist recruitment, have played a significant role in the increase of terrorism worldwide.

As we commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001, let us also reflect on the even larger tragedies, the staggering number of people who have died as a result of the US War on Terror, and the fact that the US effort has only increased the specter of terrorism, which now haunts millions around the world.

Terror attacks around the world. (photo: US State Department)
Terror attacks around the world. (photo: US State Department)



Paul Gottinger is a staff reporter at RSN whose work focuses on the Middle East and the arms industry. He can be reached on Twitter @paulgottinger or via email.

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+37 # A_Har 2015-09-11 13:05
War is terrorism.

Of course, in the minds of the perpetrators, the main actor in the action is not included in the equation as a possible CAUSE of the chaos.

"Unless we change direction we will end up where we are headed. " Chinese Proverb
 
 
-30 # jsluka 2015-09-11 17:14
No - war is NOT terrorism; war is war, and terrorism is terrorism. Be aware that these statistics are entirely spurious because it simply depends on what you define as "terrorism." You can define it so that the numbers become large, or you can define it so that the numbers become small. "Terrorism" is a highly subjective and politicised term, which is primarily employed as a propaganda weapon and not as a concept aimed at establishing reality or truth. The reason they are able to produce this large propaganda statistic that 33,000 people were killed as a result of "terrorism" in 2014 is because they are including deaths from active war zones which should be counted as "war deaths." If we exclude deaths in active war zones from the statistics, then the number goes way down. And if so many people are being killed by "terrorists," how come almost NO Americans are in that category? Substantially more Americans are killed by lightning strikes and bee stings than by "terrorists."

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-terrorism-statistics-every-american-needs-to-hear/5382818
 
 
+52 # REDPILLED 2015-09-11 17:30
WRONG.

War is terrorism with a bigger budget.

When cities were bombed in WW II, that was terrorism.

Killing close to 4 million Vietnamese was terrorism.

Killing more than one million Iraqis was terrorism.

State Terrorism is still terrorism.
 
 
-9 # Caliban 2015-09-11 23:17
Sorry REDPILLED, war is terrifying and terrible, but it is not "terrorism". If you conflate these two kinds and degrees of organized violence just because people die, you lose the ability to think about either in a rational manner.
 
 
+4 # evalderrama 2015-09-12 13:00
One mans terrorist is another's freedom fighter!
 
 
+16 # reiverpacific 2015-09-11 19:33
Quoting jsluka:
No - war is NOT terrorism; war is war, and terrorism is terrorism. Be aware that these statistics are entirely spurious because it simply depends on what you define as "terrorism." You can define it so that the numbers become large, or you can define it so that the numbers become small. "Terrorism" is a highly subjective and politicised term, which is primarily employed as a propaganda weapon and not as a concept aimed at establishing reality or truth. The reason they are able to produce this large propaganda statistic that 33,000 people were killed as a result of "terrorism" in 2014 is because they are including deaths from active war zones which should be counted as "war deaths." If we exclude deaths in active war zones from the statistics, then the number goes way down. And if so many people are being killed by "terrorists," how come almost NO Americans are in that category? Substantially more Americans are killed by lightning strikes and bee stings than by "terrorists."

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-terrorism-statistics-every-american-needs-to-hear/5382818


Predictably, y'r source is (quote); "Despite presenting itself as a source of scholarly analysis, Global Research mostly consists of polemicists, many of whom accept (and use) conspiracy theories, pseudoscience and propaganda." Nice try Bubba!
When will you reactionaries dig that if the US quit fuckin' about where it's not welcome, it would attract much less external attacks?
 
 
+2 # bmiluski 2015-09-12 11:30
Then by your definition Jsluka....the American revolution was an act of terrorism.
 
 
+4 # A_Har 2015-09-13 12:01
Quoting bmiluski:
Then by your definition Jsluka....the American revolution was an act of terrorism.

The rules of engagement were far far different than today. There was even a case where a British officer had George Washington in his sights and refused to kill him.

The Marksman Who Refused to Shoot George Washington
http://www.historynet.com/the-marksman-who-refused-to-shoot-george-washington.htm

Ernest B. Furgurson

2/5/2009

"If Ferguson had taken aim and fired at the officer who turned his back and rode away, there is no telling how the American Revolution would have turned out."

Warfare has very often involved targeting civilians who have had nothing to do with it and are not responsible for it. This is indeed terrorism. The Shock and Awe of the Iraq war is a stunning example of this as a tactic: state sponsored terrorism.

There were attacks against loyalists during the US revolutionary era. See this link:

http://americainclass.org/sources/makingrevolution/rebellion/text2/text2.htm

However, it was not the military that did this. Revolutions are messy, and many loyalists moved to Canada when the war ended.

Some say and considering all the corruption and abuses of power we now desperately need another revolution.
 
 
+10 # Adoregon 2015-09-12 12:15
First look at a map of that part of the world. Note how Iran is sandwiched between Iraq and Afghanistan. Note how Syria has access to the Mediterranean. Now look at a resource atlas of the nations mentioned.
The U.S. (and the U.K.) are there because of the resources. Period. The U.S. has intentionally destabilized that area of the world. The U.S. has known full-well, all along, that "our" actions would provoke an increased response from the "jihadis." This is intentional.
The jihadi's response to our provocation gives us the "excuse" to continue our brand of warfare/terrori sm in the region.

Our government does not give a fuck about the people who live in this region, nor does it give a fuck about democracy or any of the other lofty rationales for the death and destruction we visit on the area. We foment instability because it leaves the region more malleable for the corporate exploitation to come.
Does anyone really believe the U.S. gives a crap about the people caught in this global resource war?
 
 
+30 # Radscal 2015-09-11 14:47
"[BECAUSE OF] 14 Years of the US War on Terror, Terror Attacks Have Skyrocketed Since 9/11"

There, fixed it for you.

Seriously, great job RSN, in compiling this data.

BTW: Did anyone else notice that a Jewish-American was caught attempting a terrorist bombing of a 9/11 memorial? He posed as a Muslim Jihadist.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34226014

Shades of the "Lavon Affair" in which civilians, including USians were killed by Israeli agents posing as Muslims in Egypt. They got caught that time and this time. How many other times have they gotten away with these false flag attacks?
 
 
+11 # Walter J Smith 2015-09-11 17:10
Maybe they were hired by the CIA or Mossad, or Wall Street, or the Democrats or the GOP. Or all of the above, as in AIPAC.
 
 
+13 # REDPILLED 2015-09-11 17:32
Your fixed title is much more accurate!
 
 
+4 # mozartssister 2015-09-11 17:40
You beat me to it.
 
 
+13 # Walter J Smith 2015-09-11 17:09
Look, that increase in terror attacks is exactly what the so-called war on terror is designed to effect! It is, therefore, as the bipartisan hacks keep saying, an outstanding success.

Wall Street is crying all the way to the bank.
 
 
+1 # evalderrama 2015-09-12 13:03
By Jove; you've got it!
 
 
+3 # dheiser41 2015-09-11 17:10
Perhaps a better wording of the last sentence in the first paragraph:

These colossal upsurges in terror took place despite a decade-long, worldwide effort, led by the United States, to fight terrorism.

dheiser
 
 
0 # bardphile 2015-09-11 22:05
A greenie for you. Paul missed the lesson on misplaced modifiers.
 
 
-38 # WaaDoo 2015-09-11 17:52
OK, so Iraq was wrong.
AND NOW
Letting Iran have "the bomb" is wrong.

What does the Left propose? More appeasement? weaker military?

Neither Left nor Right has an answer. However, over 1000 years of history proves that the only constraint against terrorism - especially against Islam - is military force.
 
 
+23 # jdd 2015-09-11 18:13
Iran does not have the bomb, nor does it have a nuclear weapons program. That's been repeated over and over by our intelligence agencies. However, Israel has about 250 of them and the chief sponsor of Islamic terror was the recent guest of the White House.
 
 
+12 # jdd 2015-09-11 18:27
President Obama has covered for the Saudi role in financing wahabist terrorism and continues to keep secret the 28 pages of the Saudi role in 911 detailed in the Joint Commission Report. Now that President Putin is moving to support Syria and crush ISIS, Obama is freaking out.
 
 
0 # davehaze 2015-09-12 13:47
The foreign role in 911 was, excluding an Egyptian and a Yemeni highjacker, conceived, financed, and executed by Saudis and the ruling class in Saudia Arabia. Almost certainly some of the Saudis shepherded out of the country when no American was allowed to fly, and without FBI questioning, we're involved, guilty.

The domestic role in 911 is still being questioned. Do not not believe what will be uncovered.

Just imagine how much propaganda is dropped on our heads, when the 911 commission said all 28 pages of Saudi involvement was redacted, all comercial, PBS, corporate media said nothing, speculated nothing. You could hear crickets.
 
 
+14 # reiverpacific 2015-09-11 19:37
Quoting WaaDoo:
OK, so Iraq was wrong.
AND NOW
Letting Iran have "the bomb" is wrong.

What does the Left propose? More appeasement? weaker military?

Neither Left nor Right has an answer. However, over 1000 years of history proves that the only constraint against terrorism - especially against Islam - is military force.


And who always provoked the "terrorism" in the first place?
Empires who overreach their power structure always collapse under their own weight.
But they NEVER learn and that's the true, indisputable message of history, lost on those who are corrupted absolutely by power, whilst getting blinkered, deluded and lemming-like mugs like you to go along passively.
 
 
+12 # bardphile 2015-09-11 22:13
What history shows is that military force in that region (and often elsewhere) PRODUCES terrorism.
 
 
+6 # bsimpich 2015-09-11 18:02
Two problems with this analysis.

One problem is relying on the State Dept. definition of terrorism. Garbage in, garbage out. US attacks are not considered "terrorism". Responses to US soldiers on the ground are considered "terrorism".

It skews the statistics. Treat 2001 as an outlier statistic as it includes the 3000 dead from 9/11.

For 2002-2004, the amount of attacks vis a vis the number of dead is about 3-4 dead for every attack.

For the years after that - once the Iraqi and Afghan resistance came into its own - it's about one dead for each attack.

Again, this is not terrorism, this is war. The US attacks are not "terrorism". Only resistance attacks are "terrorism".

Secondly, recognize that once the US pulls out of Iraq and Afghanistan once and for all, these "terrorist attacks" will go way down. It is the US invasion of these countries that results in "terrorism" as a response. The better word in many cases is resistance.
 
 
+19 # jimallyn 2015-09-11 18:26
U.S. foreign policy is creating "terrorists" faster than we can kill them. Nothing will change until we stop murdering civilians so that the already wealthy can profit.
 
 
+18 # Archie1954 2015-09-11 18:48
"Despite"? You must be kidding! US wars increase the potential for terrorism, not decrease it. In fact, using the conventional definition of the word terrorism, the US has become the biggest terrorist nation on the face of the Earth!
 
 
+9 # futhark 2015-09-11 20:05
"Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love...Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding." Dr. Martin Luther King –1958

So, President Obama, drone strikes = the power of love?
 
 
+10 # Radscal 2015-09-11 22:27
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."

~ Jimi Hendrix
 
 
+17 # oakes721 2015-09-11 18:51
CREATE THE DEMAND has always been the creed for 'Good Business' Infiltrators are instigating endless wars to feed the needs of the world's largest weapons supplier. Let's stop dancing around the plain and obvious facts of the matter; as power is shifted and gathered, resources controlled, populations reduced or decimated entirely, we are nailing our own coffins. Allowing government regimes to keep otherwise friendly peoples of the world at odds with each other only guarantees chaos and a world without the hope of peace.
 
 
+3 # dandevries 2015-09-11 20:03
Surprise Surprise
 
 
+4 # Dale 2015-09-12 06:48
Verse 7: Perpetual War

The Directorate of National Insecurity knows that a “War on Terror”
Is a never-ending cycle of creating terrorists,
Medieval and Evil as they are.
Evil begets Evil to better serve the Devil of Empire.
With the manufactured intelligence of NSA
The boogeymen abroad are missiled and droned,
Only to create a thousand more.
The War on Jihadist Ghosts keeps the money flowing,and the Culture of Fear deepened.
And creates for every martyr a hundred militants, the more to feed the Death Machine.
The Super Rogue State draws red lines of blood in the Middle East desert sands,
Arming Islamic insurgents that blowback to bite the asses of those who pursue the Imperial Vision.
But the Blowback is intended consequence, how else to cycle Perpetual War?

The terror of missiles and bombs is unleased against hapless populations.
A Warfare State demonizes Muslims,invades and occupies their lands,bombs their villages,
Threatens continuing violence, imposes sanctions…
Americans don’t see surviving mothers bury their mutilated children,
Americans don’t see the humiliation in destroyed communities,
Americans are not allowed to understand the anger and hate engendered,
The lust for revenge.
As retaliatory tactics the violence of Jijad is counterproductive,
Serving to fire the Imperial Beast
And yielding power to the most retrograde elements of Muslim society.
But no one can deny the right of victims to justice.
 

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