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Rollout of "Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003" Annual Report

Ambassador Cofer Black: [In] the terrorist attacks that took place throughout 2003 in every region of the world, but there is some good news as well. Last year, we saw unprecedented collaboration between the United States and foreign partners to defeat terrorism. We also saw the lowest number of international terrorist attacks since 1969, and that’s a 34-year low. There were 190 acts of international terrorism in 2003. That’s a slight decrease from 198 attacks that occurred the previous year, and a drop of 45 percent from the 2001 level of 346 attacks. There were also fewer casualties caused by terrorists last year. A total of 307 persons were killed in last year’s attack[s], far fewer than the 725 killed during 2002. A total of 1,593 persons were wounded in the attacks that occurred in 2003, down from 2,013 persons wounded the year before. There were 82 anti-U.S. attacks last year, which is up slightly from the 77 attacks the previous year. I’d like to clarify one point for you. Most of the attacks that have occurred during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom do not meet the longstanding U.S. definition of international terrorism because they were directed at noncombatants, essentially American and coalition forces on duty. Full Story. Link to Patterns of Global Terrorism: 2003

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