October 28th, 2013
03:56 PM ET

Terrorist attacks and deaths hit record high, report shows

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog co-editor

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Washington (CNN) – As terrorism increasingly becomes a tactic of warfare, the number of attacks and fatalities soared to a record high in 2012, according to a new report obtained exclusively by CNN.

More than 8,500 terrorist attacks killed nearly 15,500 people last year as violence tore through Africa, Asia and the Middle East, according to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.

That’s a 69% rise in attacks and an 89% jump in fatalities from 2011, said START, one of the world’s leading terrorism-trackers.

Six of the seven most deadly groups are affiliated with al Qaeda, according to START, and most of the violence was committed in Muslim-majority countries.

The previous record for attacks was set in 2011 with more than 5,000 incidents; for fatalities the previous high was 2007 with more than 12,800 deaths.

Headquartered at the University of Maryland, START maintains the Global Terrorism Database, the most comprehensive source of unclassified information about terrorist attacks, with statistics dating to 1970.

START, one of 12 Centers for Excellence funded by the Department of Homeland Security, plans to release its full database in December but shared its early findings after a request by CNN.

This year is expected to outpace even 2012’s record high. There were 5,100 attacks in the first six months of 2013, said Gary LaFree, START’s director, and the wave of violence shows few signs of ebbing.

In recent weeks, Al-Shabaab, a militant group based in Somalia, attacked a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, leaving 67 dead; suicide bombers killed 81 at a church in Pakistan; and the Taliban took credit for killing two police officers with a car bomb in Afghanistan.

To find and tally attacks like those, START's computers comb through 1.2 million articles from 50,000 media outlets each month with an algorithm to help identify and eliminate redundancies. Its 25-member staff then studies, categorizes and counts each attack.

START's definition of terrorism closely mirrors that of the State Department and other experts. To be counted as an act of terror, an incident has to be an intentional act or threat by a "non-state actor" that meets two of these three criteria:

• It was aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious or social goal.

• It was intended to coerce, intimidate or convey a message to a larger group.

• It violated international humanitarian law by targeting non-combatants.

Part of the observed increase in 2012 may be due to the fact that START has improved its data collection methods and is better than ever at finding and categorizing terrorism, LaFree said. But he said the dramatic rise is not just a matter of having better data.

“We are convinced that a big chunk of this is real change in the world,” LaFree said. “We’ve seen a fairly steep upward trajectory in the total of terrorist attacks and fatalities worldwide.”

Outside of small dips in 2004 and 2009, the number of attacks has steadily increased in the past decade, according to START. The upward trend increases the likelihood that 2012’s numbers are not an aberration, LaFree said.

Counterterrorism experts not affiliated with START also said attacks appear to be occurring with increasing frequency.

“There’s just a lot of killing going on along sectarian and religious lines,” said Daniel Benjamin, coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department from 2009 to 2012. “And that’s a worrisome thing.”

The reasons behind the rise are complex, experts say:

• Weak and unstable states and corrupt or ineffective governments.

• Poverty and high unemployment, particularly among young men.

• Access to more lethal weaponry and increasing use of tactics like suicide bombings capable of killing scores of bystanders.

• A spike in sectarian tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, where ancient grudges give rise to modern massacres.

• The increasing use of terrorism as a tactic in war.

“The distinction between the front line and home front has largely been erased as terrorism has become a growing feature of contemporary warfare,” said Brian Michael Jenkins, a senior adviser at the RAND Corp. and the founder of its counterterrorism program.

But Jenkins also cautioned that “terrorism” is notoriously difficult to define, and the increase in attacks does not necessarily mean the United States is “losing the war on terror.” He said it could just reflect a shift in strategy among Syrian rebels and Afghani radicals, for example.

Still, experts say the apparent increase in civilian casualties is alarming.

Gone are the days when terrorist groups like the Irish Republican Army or Italy’s Red Brigade would try to keep casualties low by issuing warnings, LaFree said.

“If you’re a terrorist group now and you want to get your message out,” he said, “the more people you kill, the more ‘successful’ you’ll be.”

Sectarian attacks - such as the pitched battles between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Iraq, Syria and Pakistan - tend to be disproportionately deadly, said Martha Crenshaw, an expert at Stanford University and a START board member.

“Sadly, it seems to be increasingly acceptable in certain belief systems to kill as many members of the other religious community as possible,” she said. “Moral restraints seem to be eroding.”

Bombings and explosions were used in 58% of terrorist attacks in 2012, but it wasn’t always this way. In fact, START’s data also show a dramatic global shift in terrorist tactics and hot spots.

In the 1970s, most attacks were committed with guns and occurred in Western Europe. In the 1980s, Latin America saw the most terrorist acts. Beginning with the 1990s, South Asia, North Africa and the Middle East has seen steadily rising number of attacks, a trend that has accelerated in recent years.

Although terrorism touched 85 countries last year, just three - Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan - suffered more than half of 2012’s attacks (55%) and fatalities (62%).

In January, Sunni suicide bombers attacked scores of Shiite pilgrims in Iraq, killing at least 73. In February, a car bomb outside a café in Mogadishu, Somalia, left 15 dead. In March, a bombing in Thailand killed 14 and injured 340 in a commercial district.

Just eight private U.S. citizens died in attacks outside the United States in 2012, all in Afghanistan, according to the State Department. In the United States, seven people died in 11 terrorist attacks last year, six of them in a shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

Despite the death of Osama bin Laden and capture of other key al Qaeda leaders, the group has exported its brand of terrorism to other militant Muslims, according to START and other counterterrorism experts.

“We’ve had success in stopping al Qaeda central,” LaFree said. “But we have been unsuccessful in stopping the message.”

Afghanistan’s Taliban was by far the deadliest group in 2012, when it launched 525 attacks that killed 1,842 people.

The second deadliest group was Nigeria’s Boko Haram, a jihadist group that orchestrated 364 attacks last year that killed 1,132 people.

The next most deadly were al Qaeda in Iraq, the Communist Party of India-Maoist, Somalia’s Al-Shabaab, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Pakistan’s branch of the Taliban.

Rhonda Shore, a spokesperson for the State Department's Bureau of Counterterrorism, said she hadn't seen START's latest numbers and couldn't comment on the report. But she offered a staunch defense of the Obama administration’s approach to al Qaeda.

“We have made great progress in our efforts to disrupt, dismantle and defeat the larger al Qaeda organization in recent years,” she said.

“However,” she said, al Qaeda and its affiliates “continue to present a serious threat to the United States and its interests, and we must remain vigilant as we consider the range of tools and actions available to disrupt this threat.”

In April, START compiled a separate report for the State Department that counts fewer attacks (6,771) and fatalities (11,098) in 2012 than its own report because the U.S. government uses slightly different criteria to define terrorism.

Those lower numbers still represent an all-time yearly high in the number of attacks, according to START’s database.

Despite top terrorist groups’ affiliation - sometimes tenuous - with al Qaeda, some do not fit the mold created by its former head, bin Laden, and current leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, said Benjamin, the former State Department counterterrorism coordinator.

Bin Laden was motivated by an apocalyptic vision, Benjamin said, and wanted to spark a global war between Christians and Muslims.

The power struggles in many Muslim countries, on the other hand, are driven as much by political as religious concerns, according to Benjamin and other terrorism experts.

“Al-Shabaab, for example, is a fractious and disorganized group,” he said, “and the overwhelming majority of its foot soldiers don’t care about al Qaeda. They are just fighting to stay alive.”

And while most terrorism in 2012 was committed in Muslim-majority countries, LaFree and other experts cautioned against viewing Islam itself as inherently violent.

“Not so long ago, terrorism was centered in Western Europe and Latin America,” LaFree said. “It moves. And, unfortunately, it has moved into the Muslim world right now.”

Like Benjamin, Rizwan Jaka, a Muslim leader based in Northern Virginia, said that political - not religious - motivations lay behind many acts of terrorism.

“It isn’t like they woke up and said 'I’m a Muslim; I’m going to go kill someone in a shopping mall,' ” Jaka said. “In their twisted mind, this is political retaliation.”

Still, American Muslims are working to reduce Sunni-Shiite tensions, said Jaka, a board member of the Islamic Society of North America.

The Fiqh Council of North America, an influential group that issues rulings based on Sharia, or Islamic law, released a fatwa endorsed by dozens of Muslims in 2005 categorically condemning terrorism.

More recently, the Islamic Society of North America has met with African and Middle Eastern leaders to urge them to protect the rights of religious minorities and discourage terrorism.

In September, Sunni and Shiite leaders meeting in Washington announced an agreement to set aside differences and address the “dire situation of unrest, destruction, genocide and refugees” in many predominantly Muslim countries.

“All Muslims are one nation, even if the schools of thought are diverse,” the scholars’ declaration said. “Such diversity is a source of intellectual enrichment and should not be the cause of accusations of disbelief, murder, and the desecration of sanctities.”

- CNN Religion Editor

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  1. Infidel

    And let's NEVER forget the MUSLIM terrorist attack that took place on 9/11 in Libya...a date now CELEBRATED in the muslim world!

    After KILLING our ambassador, MUSLIMS raised a black flag stating "No god but allah, mohammad is the messenger of allah" that was written on it.

    BTW...The black color is because their self-proclaimed terrorist prophet's flag was black as well, as he too used the Muslim testimony of faith on his own flag when he FOUGHT and KILLED for this whacked ideology called ISLAM.

    Just another religiously motivated KILLING all for the glory of freakin’ ISLAM!

    Sure Obama…nothing to see here. Just move it along. Nothing to see here. We arrested the guy that posted the You Tube video. We can't use the word "terrorist" to describe MUSLIM killings for their allah! This matter is nothing but a side show.

    What difference does it make? Right Hillary?? Yeah right!

    October 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
  2. Infidel

    Here's another myth from Born2BModerated: "Christianity is more violent as Islam".

    Hmmmm...when you point out the verses in the koran which call for the murder of Christians and Jews, etc., or point out that "true" muslims are killing people in the name of Allah, the instant response I get from muslim appeasers is, “Christianity has violent passages too, and people have killed other people in the name of Christianity too.”

    All I have to say is: and? If people are using Christianity as a reason to kill innocent people, guess what: they are wrong too!!

    You can’t excuse one evil by pointing to another evil that took place almost a 1,000 years ago. However, when you point out that muslims are killing TODAY and waging jihad as directed and commanded in their koran, you just get a nice muslim two-step from the likes of today's MUSLIM APPEASERS!

    Besides that, there are no Christian nations right now that are responsible for killing 3,000 Americans, 200 Spaniards, 50 people in London and nearly 20,000 plus other DEADLY terrorist attacks made for their allah since 9/11 alone . It is the islamic nations and the islamic organizations that are causing the world's cancer...TODAY!

    Remember – – -We want to believe that most Muslims are nice, hard working people and criticizing Islam is to criticize these nice people. We also wanted to believe that most Germans in 1938 Europe were nice people too!

    How did that work out??

    October 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • Born2BModerated

      So, you want to go over there and kill lots of people so they don't come over here and kill people.
      Do you really think that makes your god better than their god?

      P.S. imitation is the highest form of flattery.

      October 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
      • Infidel

        There have been over 70 MUSLIM terrorist attacks resulting in at least ONE DEAD just since the early 1970's.

        Want the list??

        For instance, in 1993...MUSLIMS tried to topple the WTC and "only" SIX were KILLED...then less than 10 years later on 9/11/01, these jihadists were successful!

        Happy now??

        October 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Better dead than red!
      Kill all them commie pinkos!
      They're taking over the world and killing innocent American boys that are just trying to spread democracy via napalm!
      Better dead than red!
      Kill them slopes and burn their villages!
      Oh wait – wrong cultural scapegoat.

      October 29, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        Re: "spreading democracy via napalm," are there any examples of American intervention that yielded the desired results? In the short term (=5 years)?

        October 29, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  3. truth

    so how many of these terrorist attacks were so called "Christian extremists"?

    October 29, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • Infidel

      Good point! I haven't seen any Christians or Jews strap bombs to themselves, recite Bible verses, and then yell out that "Jesus is great" before they KILL lately...as do MUSLIMS who do this nearly EVERY DAY of the freakin' year for their allah!!

      Have you??

      October 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
      • a reasonable atheist

        I've seen ignorant Christian whack-jobs shoot up Sikh temples that they mistook for mosques. I've seen them murder physicians. I've seen them attempt to intimidate/assault Hindus, also mistaking them for Muslims... I've personally been threatened with all manner of abuse for not falling into line and agreeing with whack-job Christian beliefs.

        Ignorance, extremism, and intolerance are ugly things no matter what imaginary friend club or other cause you choose to belong to.

        October 29, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
  4. Born2BModerated

    Christians had nothing to do with an inquisition.

    October 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • Born2BModerated

      R u catching on y u r getting sued?

      October 29, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
    • kay

      Yeah, Queen Isabelle was actually a practicing Wiccan and a former Shaolin monk.

      October 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • Infidel

      Even by the rules that Muslims claim for themselves, the Crusades were perfectly justified, and the excesses (though beneath Christian standards) pale in comparison with the historic treatment of conquered populations at the hands of Muslims for the last 1,400 years.

      October 29, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
      • Infidel

        While we're into history, just look at how well the christians treated the Native Americans.
        Nothing like genocide to say hello to your new neighbors!

        October 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • ME II

      "Christians had nothing to do with an inquisition."

      What kind of historical revision are you promoting?

      October 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
  5. Infidel

    The United States, Great Britain, Russia and all corners of the Earth are among the latest nations to be targeted for attack and invasion by Universal Islam. Now, it is infantile to believe that these Islamists have brought their 1,400 hundred years war to the West because of America's support of Israel. Universal Islamic Jihad PREDATES the birth of the United States and Israel by a 1,000 years, and already has conquered much the Middle East and parts of Europe…and this cancer is spreading.

    America and the rest of Western Civilization is falling prey to the same overt and covert strategies and tactics.

    Terrorism has been only one of those tactics…and hence it is really stupid (yet politically correct) to call it a “War on Terror” when terror is simply a tactic. The “Who” are Muslims who practice “true” Islam and Sharia law and of course the “Why” is Islam as founded by their terrorist/pedophile muhammad!

    ISLAM is not benign. To ignore this, being politically-correct, is to ignore a very large, DEADLY pink elephant in the room.

    October 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
    • Born2BModerated

      Until they get to a inquistion and crusade level, they are still 2nd worst to the christians.

      October 29, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
      • Born2BModerated

        That's what I mean

        October 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
      • HawkAlpha1

        Ahhh...history will tell you that the Crusades were a RESPONSE to MUSLIMS killing, raping and terrorizing of non-MUSLIMS (as they do today).

        You make it sound that MUSLIMS were simply lying around peacefully in lands that were given to them and the Crusaders were the agressor. GET REAL!!

        October 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
        • kay

          ".. that the Crusades were a RESPONSE to MUSLIMS "

          And holocaust as responses to what?


          "Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator"

          "Then in a short time it will be seen that (presupposing, of course, a raically national government) in Germany, as in Ireland, Poland, or France, the Catholic will always be a German."

          "For the future of the world, however, it does not matter which of the two triumphs over the other, the Catholic or the Protestant."

          – Hitler, Mein Kampf

          October 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
        • Alias

          The crusaeds were all about the pope wanting to have control over the Holy Lands.
          Political power. Nothing more.
          Take a look at how the christian theocracy was treating people in europe at the time.

          October 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
      • Infidel

        Face reality , the Crusades were provoked by the harassment of Christian pilgrims from Europe to the Holy Land, in which many were kidnapped, molested, forcibly converted to Islam or even killed. (Compare this to Islam’s justification for slaughter on the basis of Muslims being denied access to the Meccan pilgrimage in Muhammad’s time).

        The Crusaders only invaded lands that were Christian. They never attacked Saudi Arabia or sacked Mecca as the Muslims had done (and continued doing) to Italy and Constantinople.

        The period of Crusader “occupation” (of its own former land) was stretched over less than two centuries. The Muslim occupation is in its 1,378th year.

        October 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • kay

      Yeah, it's bit surprising too that among > 1,500,000,000 people, few of them were acting way too reactionary regarding Invasion of Afghanistan, illegal war in Iraq, illegal occupation and illegal settlement expansion in Israel, Drones killing in Pakistan/Afghanistan, and so on

      October 29, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
  6. Steve Meadows

    Is this article supposed to be an excuse to drop more bombs on more countries, or is it a warning that the bombs we are currently dropping are making things worse?

    October 29, 2013 at 11:49 am |
  7. kay

    No one beat him though:

    "Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator"

    "Then in a short time it will be seen that (presupposing, of course, a raically national government) in Germany, as in
    Ireland, Poland, or France, the Catholic will always be a German."

    Adolf Hitler – Mein Kamp

    October 29, 2013 at 11:48 am |
  8. Search Law for Excluded Income

    Ha, Ha, just stop funding AL-CIA-DUH and the terrorism will come to a stop. The US govt are the terrorists. But now, ObamaCare is an income tax. And, for Christ's sake, the IRS should have Nothing to do with our health. IRS doesn't even follow tax law, and Fed takes trillions every year through income taxes, and gives it away as "interest" to foreign banks.

    Fed is running a color of law scam to steal our money (labor).

    Here's the real US income tax law:

    -Exempt income, 26 CFR 1.861-8T(d)(2)(ii)

    -Income that is not exempt, 26 CFR 1.861-8T(d)(2)(iii).
    Source: ecfr dot gov
    Source: what is taxed dot (com)

    According to US tax law, most Americans don't owe any income tax. Of course, the perps in govt will say Sec. 861 is frivolous, yet there it is, definition of Exempt income, AND the list of taxable income (income not exempt) IS CODIFIED in Sec. 861.

    Government = Politician
    Politician = Liar

    Its clearly time for another tax revolt.Feds are giving our taxes (labor) away as foreign aide to every other country, and banks. America is not the world's sugar daddy. Its time to pull some ticks and lice (politicians) off our backs.

    Search Income tax law and regs for Excluded Income
    ecfr dot gov
    gpo dot gov

    October 29, 2013 at 11:38 am |
  9. Doc Vestibule

    The United States has done quite a bit to help foment these terrorist groups.
    It began in earnest in 1944 when the Anglo-American Petroleum Agreement wasgned by the US and Britain, dividing all the oil in the middle east between the two nations. President Roosevelt sketched out a map of the Middle East and told the British Ambassador, "Persian oil is yours. We share the oil of Iraq and Kuwait. As for Saudi Arabian oil, it's ours."

    The US has stated that it is their God Given Right as teh world's dominant empire to perform the constabulary duties associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions"(critical meaning the MIddle East, primarily) becau American leadership is both good for America and good for the world.
    Since WWII, Ameirca has "intervened" in China, Italy, Greece, the Philippines, South Korea, Albania, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Indonesia, Vietnam, Guyana, Cambodia, Zaire, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Chile, East Timor, Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, Libya, El Salvador, and Haiti.
    They've stuck their noses in to virtually every Middle Eastern conflict in the last 70 years, including he Israeli War of Independence, Suez War, Iraqi Army Revolt, Lebanese Civil War, Mosul Revolt, Kirkuk violence, Kurdish Revolt, North Yemen Civil War , Dhofar Rebellion, Six-Day War , The War of Attrition, Jordanian Civil War, Yom Kippur War, Egyptian-Libyan Border War, Intra-Iraqi Kurdish warfare, Iraqi Shia unrest in Karbala, Yemeni War, "The Tanker War", Osiraq Reactor Raid, Israeli Invasion of Lebanon, South Yemen Civil War, 2 Intifadas, Sa'dah Insurgency, and the Gaza War.

    They arm and train insurgents, overthrow governments (many of which are democratically elected), assassinate political leaders, install puppet regimes, strip natrual resources, privatize national resources and sell them off to US corporations, etc. ad nauseum.
    All of this in the name of spreading the "pax Americana".

    October 29, 2013 at 11:38 am |
    • Infidel

      On all fronts – in the areas of human rights, women’s rights, tolerance, reason, science, progress – it is a fact that ISLAM comes up consistently as one of the most evil scourges to have hit the face the earth.

      It is not a "religion of peace"; it is a violent religion. Wherever it rears its ugly head, it creates for oppression, tyranny, and a lowered standard of living.

      A person who truly values reason, tolerance, and science would completely and unequivocally denounce Islam.

      But leftists and muslim appeasers don’t. We need to ask them why?? Why is it that they try to blame America for the behavior of MUSLIMS who have been committing this terrorist violence for nearly 1,400 years??

      Perhaps because they do not stand for any of those things.

      October 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
      • Doc Vestibule

        What's the difference between a missionary and a conquistador?
        Absolutely nothing to the people being invaded.
        Christianity is hardly blamess when it comes to atrocities.
        You say "jihad", I say "cognite intrare".

        October 29, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
        • HawkAlpha1

          Ahhhh- show me one person in the last 50 years that recited Bible verses, or yelled out "Jesus is great" before they KILLED...as do freakin MUSLIMS for their allah!


          October 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          Anders Behring Breivik.

          How about members of the IRA, the Ulster Defence League, The Manmase National Christian Army, the National Liberation Front of Tripura, The Army of God, The Aryan nations, Phineas Priesthood, The Covenant, The Sword and the Arm of the Lord, The Iron Guard, The Lancieri, The Lord's Resistance Army....

          October 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
        • Infidel

          I love it when you Muslim appeasers/apologists attempt to bring other religions down to the level of Islam. It is one of the most popular strategies of Muslim apologists/appeasers when confronted with the spectacle of Islamic violence. They will cry out: Remember Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber? What about Hitler?...he was a Non-Muslim? Why pick on Islam if other religions have the same problems?

          The Truth: Because they don’t.

          Regardless of what his birth certificate may or may not have said, Timothy McVeigh was NOT a religious man. At no time did he credit his deeds to religion, quote Bible verses, or claim that he killed for God. Any Muslim appeaser really believe that what Hitler did was for his religion? Come on!!

          October 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          I didn't mention HItler or McVeigh.
          HawkAlpha asked for examples.
          I gave them.

          October 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
        • sam

          Just admit that Doc just handed you your ass and stop crying, infidel.

          October 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
  10. Infidel

    You know...someday, I really hope that our media actually does their job and investigates why "true" Muslims ACT and BEHAVE as they do.

    You would think that ALL objective news organizations would question if there something inherently violent about the faith of Islam for this to happen on a virtually daily basis! Suicide bombings, calls for death, mass KILLINGS, stoning woman, all in the name of their allah. Come on!!...it happens so often that it really isn't news anymore, so our media simply gives this so-called "peaceful" religion a pass.

    You know very well that if Catholics, Buddhists, Hinduists, or any other religion were committing these types of atrocities on such a frequent basis – while invoking the name of their religion, you know as well as I do that our media would be all over it. Actually, they SHOULD be 'all over it' and call any religion into question and determine WHY people of a given faith like ISLAM has violence and death always attached to it!!

    But is that the case? Why does it always seem to be in the name of ISLAM and not any other religions? Where are these "people" getting these ideas from?

    October 29, 2013 at 11:31 am |
    • Reality # 2

      Amen to that and what the President, Congress and the media should say about the situation:

      What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers, Flight 93 and the Pentagon?

      And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

      The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means.

      Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

      Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

      Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

      October 29, 2013 at 11:35 am |
      • Infidel

        Agree – – their history and "holy" texts make it clear that we should NEVER trust what a muslim says...but we should judge them by their actions and IN-ACTIONS!

        Why? Muslims are encouraged to LIE when it is in their interest to do so and “Allah” will not hold them accountable for lying when it is beneficial to the cause of Islam. In ISLAM, this is called "Al-taqiyya". You can find these instructions telling MUSLIMS to LIE in their Koran. These people can lie without any guilt or fear of accountability or retribution. A LIE in the defense of Islam is approved even encouraged in their “holy” books.

        Most Muslims will not have the “opportunity” to become a martyr in this war between Islam and the rest of the world and make no mistake every true Muslim must be involved in making America (or the nation where he lives) a Muslim nation.

        Since Muslims are limited in their ability to die for the cause, they can help the cause by supporting terrorists with money, succor, and cover. Sure, they are aiding terror against the U.S. but since they believe they are doing Allah’s will, then any deception is acceptable.

        October 29, 2013 at 11:47 am |
        • Born2BModerated

          Good thing the bible doesn't say anything about killing all te men and boys while enslaving all virgin girls.
          That would be bad. Violent almost.

          October 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • Jack Gordon

      You really expect the media to tell the truth about this matter? They are far too busy being politically correct to do so. Just look at this piece above. When everyone knows who is at fault for 95% of the terrorism in the world, CNN numbers 'sectarian violence' between Sunni and Shiite Mohammedans as its #4 pick for what is causing the mayhem ! What a joke!

      October 29, 2013 at 11:56 am |
      • Infidel

        While sectarian accurately describes "relations between religious groups" and implies "an intolerance of opposing views," there are two more common terms which are never used in our PC liberal media.

        When Sunni Muslims murder Shia Muslims the violence is religious and it is Islamic. The root of this "sectarian" terrorism, like that perpetrated by the "radicals" and "insurgents" starts and stops with the religion of Islam.

        October 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  11. TJP

    The problem is US support of the "Arab Spring", which basically amounts to Muslim takeovers. Once Muslims have power, of course, they start pogroms against anyone who isn't Muslim (or even their sect of Muslim). Tens of millions of Christians have been killed in just the last century, in countries like Nigeria, Bangladesh, Sudan – in some cases virtually wiping out the Christian population. For some reason this doesn't count as "terror" because the whole population is in on it. Christians are being slaughtered right now in Syria, and even being killed in Egypt, one of the more secular Muslim nations. Pakistan is a hellhole.

    October 29, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • Infidel

      "Arab Spring" is a PC term developed by the Obama administration to make all of his supporters (obama phones, food stamps, welfare, disability) FEEL good about themselves!

      Islam isn't a peaceful religion; it is a declaration of war against all mankind. While "bad" Muslims can be moderate, peaceful or "not-Muslim-enough", these people have NO influence because even their Koran tells "good" Muslims to KILL them!!

      Since what I claim is RATIONALLY irrefutable, it means that virtually all Muslim apologists and appeasers are lying – including the president of the United States who is trying to sell us on this "arab spring" nonsense.

      October 29, 2013 at 11:33 am |
  12. Reality # 2

    For a fast but very peaceful solution:

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion.

    عن حل حتى أسرع ولكن لا تزال سلمية جدا:

    • كان هناك فشل لا غابرييل أي الإسلام كدين. فشل المسيحية جزئيا

    October 29, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • Infidel

      You have to give mohammad credit...he must of been a good talker, but so was Hitler.

      Every prime source regarding mohammad's life confirm that their allah's lone spokesperson wasn't a prophet but was in fact a terrorist – having issued no predictions that came true but having led around over 70 terrorist raids for booty and political power in the first 10 years of the Islamic Era alone!

      In their 33rd surah, their Koran tells "good" Muslims to follow mohammad's example. In the 8th and 9th surahs, their allah says that those who do, and become jihadists killing non-Muslims in his cause, are the BEST Muslims.

      So the rationale here isn't complex, or even subject to interpretation. According to mohammad, Allah, and all of Islam’s “holy” texts”, all “good” Muslims are terrorists to us that don't buy into this cult ideology.

      October 29, 2013 at 11:44 am |
      • *

        * must have been (not must of)

        October 29, 2013 at 11:58 am |
        • Infidel

          my bad...fingers not keeping up with the proper grammar

          October 29, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
  13. Jeff

    From the brilliant mouth of our genius president...."terrorism is on the run" what an F'ing FOOL

    October 29, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • Reality # 2

      As noted previously:

      Some elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles as of 09/15/2011/, 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed mostly due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

      – Ditto for Anwar al-Awlaki on September 30, 2011

      – Ditto for Abu Yahya al-Libi on June 5, 2012

      – The capture of Abu Anas al-Libi on October 7, 2013

      – Drones continue to pursue and eliminate global terrorists 24/7.

      October 29, 2013 at 11:32 am |
    • HotAirAce

      How many Americans have died per year due to terrorism under Obama? Under Bush Jr? With or without 911?

      October 29, 2013 at 11:33 am |
      • Reality # 2

        -9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

        – The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. Iraqi civilians killed as of 05/10/2013/, 113,249-123,978 mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

        – The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the Koran.

        – two American troops killed in Germany by a radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

        – September 12, 2012
        Envoy to Libya dies in rocket blast

        – Boston Marathon horror – April 2013, four dead, hundreds injured and maimed for life.

        – Afghanistan as of 10/23/2013, 2,151US troops killed, 1,782 from hostile fire, 369 from non-hostile activities, Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

        October 29, 2013 at 11:56 am |
        • HotAirAce

          Of course, you didn't answer the questions. I estimate that the number of Americans killed per year by terrorists under Obama is/will be less than under Bush. So things are improving. American troops killed in Iraq (and Afghanistan?) can hardly be chalked up to terrorism. More correct to blame the mental midget, mentally ill, paranoid, delusional believer (The Shrub) for listening to voices in his head and invading innocent countries.

          October 29, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          And one concludes we are winning the War on Terror but the War is far from over as recent events in Kenya have shown.

          October 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Assuming that you mean the mall attack in Kenya, other than a general desire for a less violent world, what has that got to do with America's war on terrorism? Surely you're not suggesting that the USA should get involved with stopping terrorism anywhere in the world.

          October 29, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          Again, review some of the elements of our global War on Terror listed above.

          October 30, 2013 at 7:59 am |
  14. Bob

    This is stupid

    October 29, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  15. Mike

    This is what happens when you cut and run. Surrender only emboldens your enemies. This isn't difficult to figure out.

    October 29, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • broach

      Your an idiot

      October 29, 2013 at 11:23 am |
      • Dippy's Third Cousin

        you're not your

        October 29, 2013 at 11:34 am |
    • Shut up, Jeffy; you've overstayed your welcome.

      Cut and run? We never should have invaded in the first place, moron! How long are we supposed to spend treasure and our children's lives on foolish, made-up wars?

      October 29, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  16. Infidel

    Understand the “who?” (true muslims) and the “why?” (cult ideology called ISLAM) that fuels this madness all over the freakin’ globe. Go ahead and sugar coat it by calling them militants, radicals, jihadists, links to al-Qaida (my PC favorite), or whatever is the PC term for today, but never forget the “who” and “WHY” of this madness.

    October 29, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • Born2BModerated

      I don't know what disorder you have, but it sounds a lot like you are paraniod.
      Seek professional help before you end up killing a group of innocent people.

      October 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
      • Infidel

        I always cheer up immensely if an "attack" is particularly wounding because I think, well, if you attack me personally, it means you have not a single political argument left.

        Typical....so typical.

        October 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
  17. joe

    "Terrorist attacks and deaths hit record high, report shows"

    In other words " What we are doing IS MAKING THINGS WORSE"

    October 29, 2013 at 10:48 am |
    • Bob

      Or, there might be some other cause of the increase. What we are doing could actually be improving the situation, but simply having a smaller absolute impact than the set of things that are causing the increase.

      October 29, 2013 at 11:07 am |
      • Steve Meadows

        Is this article supposed to be an excuse to drop more bombs on more countries, or is it a warning that the bombs we are currently dropping are making things worse????

        October 29, 2013 at 11:48 am |
      • rosietheterrorist

        Bob, the religion of peace dot com web site lists ALL 21,814 Acts of Terrorism worldwide since 9/11. That works out to almost 5 incidents per day over the last 12 years. Your assertion that "things are getting worse" is illogical. The only correlation is that radical Muslims pray 5 times per day and there are also 5 terrorist incidents per day, and that's just since 9/11. There have been thousands of incidents in the centuries before that.
        Liberals think you can simply sit down and negotiate with radical Muslim terrorists, you can't. Simply go watch the movie Zero Dark Thirty which depicts actual events in the hunt for Usama. One scene shows the CIA setting up a meeting to "have a dialogue" with a high ranking radical Muslim terrorist and who shows up on a forward base in Afghanistan and simply detonates his vehicle when the CIA officers approach the vehicle to "welcome him" to their base where he has arranged to meet and "have a dialogue".

        October 29, 2013 at 11:52 am |
    • rosietheterrorist

      Joe, you're trying to make a correlation between what, actions the U.S. is doing and the increase in radical Muslim terroristic activities? Here's what I want you to do: go to the religion of peace dot com web site, and look for the updated number (updated daily) of the total number of Worldwide Acts of Terrorism committed since 9/11. Today that number is 21,814. That's almost 5 acts of terrorism committed each day since 9/11 when the radical Muslim terrorists took 3,000 innocent lives in New York.
      A few years ago a British newspaper reporter went to a country in the Middle East to interview a terrorist and asked him point blank, "What can we do so you will stop killing us" (this was after a bombing took place in England, the home of Liberalsim), and it's as if the reporter was actually expecting the terrorist to give him an answer that made sense, because Liberals simply think that you can negotiate and reason with radical Muslim terrorists. By the way, the terrorist responded, "Nothing. Our holy book (lol) teaches us we must kill all of you infidels". The reporter wasn't satisfied with his and answer and persisted in asking the same question in a different manner, "Do you mean there isn't anything we (meaning Western Civilization) can do that will make you stop hating us and wanting to kill us", and the terrorist kept giving the same number which is, "There is nothing you can do, we will continue to kill all who we consider infidels".
      So, you're assertion that there "things are getting worse" makes no sense, just go look at the web site I mentioned, they list all 21,814 acts of terrorism in the past 12 years. There is NO correlation between what the U.S. has done or will be doing and what the radical Muslims have done or will do in the future. It will NEVER stop, it started hundreds of years ago during the crusades, if anything it's going to get worse since Obama has stepped up dronings (80,000 drone missions have been run so far), and since of course he proudly boasts of having killed Usama bin Laden who had millions of followers, recall the chanting masses of radical Muslim terrorists who gathered the day after Seal Team Six killed Usama who chanted, "Obama, Obama there are still 1.5 billion Usamas".

      October 29, 2013 at 11:41 am |
  18. JohnS

    It is obvious that the number of terror attacks on the American public by the criminal enterprise operation out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave have been steadily increasing at an alarming rate........oh......those weren't the terrorists you were writing about?

    October 29, 2013 at 10:40 am |
    • Abdullah²


      October 29, 2013 at 11:08 am |
  19. Luke

    It's not that the rats sense that the watch dog is asleep.

    The watch dog is on THEIR SIDE.

    October 29, 2013 at 10:39 am |
  20. K. Hunter

    How can this be true? Were we not informed by Himself, Barack I, that the terrorism war was over and that the jihadis no longer hated us? Surely the media is mistaken.

    October 29, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • Dyslexic doG

      well FOX News is not mistaken anyway ... they just lie deliberately. No mistake there.

      October 29, 2013 at 10:39 am |
    • Infidel

      If we can't even call out the “WHY?” (cult ideology called ISLAM) and the “WHO?” (“good” muslims) that we are fighting along with understanding that a “War on Terror” is their tactic or “HOW?”, then our idiotic PC self-deception will eventually defeat us!!

      October 29, 2013 at 10:52 am |
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