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US Corrects Terrorism Report, Says Attacks Went Up

The State Department said on Thursday its April 29 report that the number of international “terrorist” attacks and resulting deaths fell last year was wrong and both figures had in fact risen. The admission dented the claim by some U.S. officials that the report provided evidence that Washington was winning the “war on terrorism,” whose success is critical to President Bush’s reelection strategy. The department’s “Patterns of Global Terrorism Report” said “terrorist” attacks fell to 190 last year, their lowest since 1969, from 198 in 2002. It also said those killed dropped to 307, including 35 U.S. citizens, from 725 in 2002, including 27 Americans. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said both totals were understated because of errors in compiling the data by the Terrorist Threat Integration Center. The interagency group was set up last year to address the failure of U.S. intelligence agencies to uncover the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in advance. Full Story

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