Publius / June 20, 2015

Global Terrorism on the Increase

There was a major State Department assessment released Friday indicating global terror attacks are on the increase. According to The Washington Times, “There was a 35 percent increase in terrorist attacks worldwide between 2013 and 2014 and the total number of people killed by terrorism jumped by more than 80 percent.” Moreover, “While the document says the vast majority of the attacks and deaths occurred across six countries — Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and India — it also highlights Iran’s ongoing role as a leading state sponsor of terrorism, backing Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestine Islamic Jihad and several shadowy Shiite militia groups in Iraq. … The most striking aspects of this year’s report, however, center on data indicating a sharp increase in the prevalence of terrorism in the heart of the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Syria, where the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, seized a vast swath of territory spanning the border between the two nations in 2014.” Clearly, all of Barack Obama’s assurances that terror was defeated, and his failed (non)policies after retreat from Iraq, are a disaster. More…

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