YORK - As speakers at the GOP convention trumpet Bush administration
successes in the war on terrorism, an NBC News analysis of Islamic
terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, shows that attacks are on the rise
the roughly 2,929 terrorism-related deaths around the world since the
attacks on New York and Washington, the NBC News analysis shows 58
percent of them 1,709 have occurred this year.
the past 10 days, in fact, the number of dead has risen by 142 people
in places as diverse as Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel. On
Tuesday, the number of civilians killed by terrorists totaled 38
at a subway entrance bombing in Moscow, 16 in a bus bombing in Israel
and 12 Nepalese executed in Iraq.
the level of sophistication is increasing. Terrorism experts point in
particular to the attacks apparently carried out by Chechen rebels
during that 10-day period. The rebels, whose top military commanders
have been Arabs, are operating at a whole different level.
"This is all
have bombs on board planes, bombs at a train station and now a hostage
taking," said Roger Cressey, a former deputy Nantional Security Council
director of counterterrorism. "This is all coordinated. These things do
not happen by accident, and in fact, United States officials are
frantically trying to determine if they are a forerunner of an attack
aimed at the U.S."
Cressey, who is an NBC
News analyst, was referring in particular to last week's twin bombings
of Russian airliners that left 90 dead in southern Russia, an attack
Cressey says indicates a greater level of coordination and
sophistication than thought possible just last year.
fewer than 60 of the deaths since Sept. 11 have been of American
citizens and all of which took place overseas other
continue to suffer at higher levels than ever before.
Sept. 11, 2001, according to the analysis, around 1,500 have died in
terrorist attacks in Iraq, nearly 700 in Russia, more than 350 have
died in Israel, around 200 in Spain and more than 100 in the
Philippines. The numbers sometimes are imprecise because of the nature
of the attacks, which leave many missing.
U.S. intelligence officials note that in fact, the frequency of
terrorist attacks carried out by Muslim radicals is increasing, not
decreasing. Moreover, they say the attacks carried out by what they now
refer to as "central al-Qaida" are being dwarfed by those carried out
by affiliates, such Ansar al Sunnah in Iraq, the Chechen rebels and
even ad hoc groups like those who blew up the Madrid train stations.
there may be links to al-Qaida in terms of training and in some cases
money, these groups operate independently of Osama bin Laden's
The threat in fact is "morphing,"
as one senior U.S. intelligence official put it.
talking about an al-Qaida that's trying to regenerate, and you're also
talking about a movement that has looked to al-Qaida for inspiration
but is not really al-Qaida central," said another intelligence
thing we worry about a lot is what we call, in some ways, the
localization of threat," the official said. "Regional organizations
that operate in different environments, that may have had some training
from al-Qaida, that may have had some money, but that really see the
world in al-Qaida terms and that's why we worry about them, and they
are the wave of the future, and I believe that's the wave of the future
for us operationally."
As more and more
groups get into the mix, say officials, there are more and more attacks.
fact, the three worst months for Islamic terrorism since Sept. 11 were
March (431 dead), February (393 dead) and June (245 dead) of this year.
the three terrorist attacks on Tuesday, the suicide bombing in Israel,
the car bombing in Moscow and the execution of the Nepalese workers in
Iraq, the August total will rise to 228 dead, the sixth worst month
since Sept. 11.
Robert Rivas is a researcher at the MSNBC political unit in Secaucus. Robert Windrem is the investigative producer for special projects at NBC News.
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