Terrorism Deaths Soared in ’13, But Few on US Soil


The New York Times reports that the number of fatalities related to terrorism soared 60 percent last year, citing a report released Tuesday by the nonprofit Institute for Economics and Peace. Five countries — Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria — accounted for 80 percent of the almost 18,000 fatalities attributed to terrorism last year. Iraq had the most, with more than 6,300 fatalities.

At the same time, the statistics in the organization's Global Terrorism Index suggested that the world's industrialized nations — often the target of threats by groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State — had suffered relatively few attacks on their soil since Sept. 11, 2001, in the United States and the July 7, 2005, suicide bombings in London.

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