Report: Terror attacks up, fatalities down

“Our Global Terrorism Database shows that over the past ten years the worldwide nexus of terrorism has shifted from Western Europe and the Americas to South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa,” said Gary LaFree, the director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, which compiles data on terrorism. “One of the great ironies of our time is that while effective policy against terrorism depends especially on hard data and objective analysis, information on terrorism has been difficult to obtain.”

The index found that since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, fatalities from terrorist attacks have increased by 195 percent, incidents by 460 percent and injuries by 224 percent. Three-quarters of the deaths have occurred in just seven countries, with Iraq topping the list.

The total number of deaths attributable to terrorism was 7,473 in 2011, 25 percent less than in 2007. The decrease coincides largely with the winding down of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.