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October 28th, 2013
03:56 PM ET

Terrorist attacks and deaths hit record high, report shows

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog co-editor

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

Filed under: Afghanistan • Africa • Crime • Fatwa • Foreign policy • Iran • Iraq • Islam • Islamic law • Middle East • Muslim • Nigeria • Pakistan • Terrorism

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  1. sly

    Duh – let's see – we murder 500,000 innocent women and children in the middle east, shoot their commercial airplanes out of the sky, and we wonder why the Arab Freedom Fighters fight back?

    Kinda like the TeaBillie KKK's wondering why all those kids of the black men they hung hate them ...

    October 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • John

      Lay off the crack dude. You are a prime example of our public school system.

      October 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
      • sly

        Yup John – I'm another good reason why the Tea Billie Ted Cruz has now asked that we privatize public education.

        America should not provide Health Care to those 50 million for whom it's illegal to obtain insurance.
        And we should eliminate all Public Education.

        I think the Big Insurance companies should be able to charge for Elemetary School – $20,000/year per child sounds like a good Republican policy.

        After that – let's eliminate all taxpayer funding for Police and Fire. Down with Big Government!

        October 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • are122

      KKK was originated by democrat. But that would take thought to find out.

      October 28, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
      • gFlint

        A democrat in 1870 or even a dixiecrat does not resemble a democrat today.

        October 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
        • bytchwhoknits

          That is what all Democrats say.

          October 29, 2013 at 10:44 am |
        • JohnS

          No, they more closely resemble a Marxisr of rhe Alinsky-Progressive school.

          October 29, 2013 at 11:45 am |
    • Thor

      There is no such thing as an Arab Freedom Fighter. Just a bunch of murderous thugs who want to impose Islam on the world and treat women like cows. Americans are one of the few peoples on earth that fight for the freedom and human rights of others, something the Jihadists will never do.

      October 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
      • Infidel

        Agree! 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!

        October 29, 2013 at 10:53 am |
  2. tcast

    Our crazy kids are more dangerous.

    October 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
  3. Government Waste Rules

    I don't understand. Obama has said time and time and time again that Al Qaeda is on the run! He personally bagged bin Laden! CNN please stick to the White House talking points.

    October 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • Fed up Vet

      That was the last word he got, have you not being paying attention? His Czars don't tell him anything and do everything without him knowing about it.

      October 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  4. Fed up Vet

    So does that mean we are not in condition Red-orange or Orange red? Can't remember, or was it elevated threat condition red-yellow? We are not nuking anyone yet so I know its not red-red yet.

    October 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
  5. onebucplace

    That's impossible, Obama already said earlier this year that the war on terror is over. I'm not sure where you're getting your figures from CNN but you need to recheck everything. What's next, an article about how the average family isn't going to save $2500/year under Obamacare?

    October 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      I know, right? We all know that no other president has ever misspoken or stated a falsehood. Just Obama. Mission Accomplished an all that.

      October 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
      • daniel

        We know, it is just that he LIES SO MUCH.

        October 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • voice of reason

      WOW.Just because Obama says the war on terror is over, you think it all done with, no more terrorism. Open your eyes. where I come from, we have a term for people like you. You're a sheep

      October 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • Dover

      He didn't say it was over. This is why you guys can't make it into the white house.Telling lies is no way to win an election, but you guys keep trying it.

      October 28, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • gFlint

      Is that the same guy that announced victory on the flight deck of and aircraft carrier?

      October 28, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
  6. sly

    America's biggest terrorist threat: US White Christian Males.

    Oklahoma City. The Wacko from Waco. The Olympic Bomber. The Sik murderer.

    This here liberal approves of tight NSA (and IRS) monitoring of the Tea Party. Don't worry – real Americans will win – not those trying to destroy the US government by shutting it down.

    October 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • Just me

      Trolling much?

      October 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • daniel

      Would have stayed open if our king would have just delayed the individual mandate. Turns out that the delay is a feature built into the website 🙂 .

      October 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • Scott

      Typical Liberal Moron!

      October 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • sly

      Yup ... you called that one right!

      I'm jus' antother of those darned librals – you know – those:

      "85% of Americans who will vote againest Republicans no matter what".

      October 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • Thor

      Stop trying to think, Sly. You are hurting your liberal pea size brain and speaking jibberish.

      October 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Tone

      I'm guessing your NOT white?

      October 29, 2013 at 10:54 am |
    • Infidel

      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.

      The so-called “members of other faiths” alluded to by Muslims and liberals like are nearly always just nominal members who have NO active involvement. They are neither inspired by, nor do they credit religion as Muslim terrorists do, and this is what makes it a very different matter.

      Islam is associated with Islamic terrorism because that is the association that the terrorists themselves CHOOSE to make.

      October 29, 2013 at 10:55 am |
  7. JackR

    Islam...the peaceful religion.

    October 28, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • Infidel

      I know, I hear that nonsense all of the time too!

      You know very well that when MUSLIMS have to keep reminding us (again and again) that their ISLAM is "about peace", there must be a problem. They are partially correct in saying this, but fail to tell you about the conditions that go with THEIR definition of “peace”. The fact is that their Islam means “peace” IF (huge “IF” here) when one (a muslim) “submits and surrenders” to their (sharia) way of life and to their moon-god-allah.

      If you don’t “submit and surrender”, there is NO PEACE…never has, is, and will be...and hence the holy hell ISLAM continues to bring to our earth.

      October 29, 2013 at 10:56 am |
  8. Mr. Black

    Am I reading that right? 15,500 deaths in 8,500 terror events? They're killing less than 2 people per strike? I don't mean to marginalize terrorism, but it doesn't seem to be a very effective tactic.

    October 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • gFlint

      Particularly those suicide bombers. No redos or back space for them. I am sure those virgins waiting for them are excited to seem them. I understand they are all over 75 years old. Good luck human bombs.

      October 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
  9. Random White Guy

    So maybe attacking entire countries and killing hundreds of thousands of civilians isn't the way to stop terrorism. Lesson learned, right? :o)

    October 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
  10. pemullen

    Glad to see Obama's anti-terror program is working so well. He said Al-Qaida was on the run. Apparently right up his backside.

    October 28, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      12 hours a day glued to FOX News ... pitiful

      October 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      I know, right? I mean Bush had the twin towers happen on his watch, but that's nothing compared to all the successful attacks on American soil while Obama's been in office. Holy cow!! There's a clear winner, there. Oh......wait......nevermind.

      October 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
      • sly

        Let's see: a couple Americans killed during some marathon, oops, by Americans. A bunch of Sik's murdered ... oh, wait, by a right wing white man. Hundreds bombed in Oklahoma City, oops, another white right winger. Bombs at the Olympics, oh wait, another right wing Tea Billie did it. Hundreds die in Wacko ... oh wait, the Wacko from Waco was some white religious nut.

        Actually, just how many foreigners have ever attacked here in the US? Hmmmm ... can't think of any. MAYBE 9/11, but I really doubt that was foreign planned.

        October 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
      • Amused

        Cpt. Obvious's kommunist kool-aid kombo flavor of the day: Leftist Lemon and Conspiracy Cinnamon.

        October 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
  11. PaulG

    Does not justify NSA spying on US citizens.

    October 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  12. redruffansore

    The stench of Obamafail, it's got the goat humpers feeling perky. Seriously Obots, how do you manage to cover for this t*rd?

    October 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      12 hours a day glued to FOX News ... pitiful

      October 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • The most interesting man in the world

      I don't always watch Fox news, but when I do it is on the Daily Show.

      October 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
      • gFlint

        Bazinga

        October 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
  13. Andrey

    This politically motivated statistics is not worth much. Like al-Qaeda fighting Soviet Army in Afghanistan are rebels, al-Qaeda fighting US Army in Afghanistan are terrorists... Right! Like "The increasing use of terrorism as a tactic in war":what exactly are you saying there, are you including war casualties (like roadside bombs against convoys) in this statistics too?

    October 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
  14. Lamb of Dog

    Seems like a large portion are in Iraq. Good thing we saved them from Saddam right? I bet they thanks us every time they pray.

    October 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
  15. margie

    Gee, I'm pretty sure I heard President I-Knew-Nothing say that al qaeda was on the run....

    October 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      12 hours a day glued to FOX News ... pitiful

      October 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
      • Snakeopus

        Did Obama only announce it on Fox News?

        October 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
        • daniel

          LOL.

          October 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
      • Ranger_549

        And here he is posting on CNN.

        October 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
        • Ranger_549

          Or she, whatever!

          October 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • tallulah13

      What you heard was Predident I-took-the-flight-training-but-don't-want-to-actually-endanger-myself-by-going-into-combat declaring "mission accomplished" while playing Top Gun. That was, of course, in 2003. When he left office in 2009, Americans were still dying in the the two wars he started.

      October 29, 2013 at 11:09 am |
  16. Badly-Bent

    Half of the problem would be solved if Pakistan would get off their azzez and do what would be in their own long term best interests!

    October 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      unfortunately religion is a barrier that prevents anyone from seeing their best interests

      October 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
  17. dike

    Other living things like plants.... Please preach this to all living things and then come to human beings last.

    October 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  18. Reality # 2

    Dear Muslims of Spaceship Earth,

    An easy and peaceful solution:

    From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi----–

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
    be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    October 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      For an even faster but still very peaceful solution:

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

      October 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
      • nubiustechnologies

        Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, aka Ruh Al Qudoos,

        The ArchAngel Gabriel

        IS THE ONLY UNFORGIVABLE SIN in Christianity,

        yes im Muslim

        November 3, 2013 at 8:48 am |
    • Reality # 2

      For an even faster but still very peaceful solution:

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

      عن حل حتى أسرع ولكن لا تزال سلمية جدا:

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

      October 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
  19. mburau75

    15,500 deaths from Muslim terrorists in 2012?
    They have almost matched gun-related deaths in America!

    October 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      amen!

      October 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      The bigger picture:

      As the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) 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

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – 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 due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

      o 24) Mon Jun 4, 2012 10:18am EDT
      o
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed car outside a Shi'ite Muslim office in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 190 in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Iraq's al Qaeda affiliate.
      The bombing on a Shi'ite religious office comes at a sensitive time, with the country's fractious Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs locked in a crisis that threatens to unravel their power-sharing deal and spill into sectarian tensions."

      25) BURGAS, Bulgaria | Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:27am EDT

      (Reuters) – A suicide bomber carried out an attack that killed seven people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the interior minister said on Thursday, and Israel said Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants were to blame.

      26 ) September 12, 2012
      U.S. AMBASSADOR KILLED
      Envoy to Libya dies in rocket blast

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

      October 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
      • Reality # 2

        And still bigger: The terror and horror of war

        o WHERE WAS YOUR GOD(S) WHEN THE FOLLOWING TOOK PLACE:
        The Twenty (or so) Worst Things GOD'S CREATURES Have Done to Each Other:

        M. White, http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

        The Muslim Conquest of India

        "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

        Rank …..Death Toll ..Cause …..Centuries……..(Religions/Groups involved)*

        1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

        2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

        3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

        4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

        5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

        6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

        7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

        8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

        9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

        10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

        11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

        12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

        13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

        14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

        15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

        16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

        17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Christians)

        18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

        19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

        20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

        October 28, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
        • Infidel

          The so-called “members of other faiths” alluded to by Muslims are nearly always just nominal members who have NO active involvement. They are neither inspired by, nor do they credit religion as Muslim terrorists do, and this is what makes it a very different matter.

          Islam is associated with Islamic terrorism because that is the association that the terrorists themselves CHOOSE to make.

          October 29, 2013 at 11:07 am |
  20. Miles

    Look at the graph. Upward trend EVERY year since Obama took office. Nobody respects the USA under his watch....period. The evidence is undeniable. And is "passive" support of Islamic radical extreme groups is evident across all the middle east.

    October 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • mburau75

      So what is the solution? With your statement, I assume that you are a global relationship expert who specializes in Muslim terrorists?

      October 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      12 hours a day glued to FOX News ... pitiful

      October 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
      • Snakeopus

        I'm guessing here that one must watch Fox News to see this graph and/or be able to read said graph?

        Fox News sounds like the place to go........(it is the highest rated)

        October 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
      • daniel

        What is pitiful is watching dyslexic dog keep repeating himself.

        October 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Truthie McTruthie

      Fire does not beat fire. For every person killed in the War on Terror, five people replace the lost.

      This has nothing to do with respect and everything to do with the seemingly universal desire for retribution and blood.

      October 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
      • sly

        Yup.

        9/11 was the Arab Freedom Fighters response to the US murdering 350 Iranian civilians by shooting down their commercial airplane.

        Since Americans are the most violent people on earth we ensure a constant stream of victims fighting back.

        October 28, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
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