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[1]Patterns of Global Terrorism was a report published each year on or before April 30 by the United States Department of State. It has since been renamed Country Reports on Terrorism. The Secretary of State is required by Congress to produce detailed assessments about

The exact definition of the requirements are in Title 22, Section 2656f of the United States Code.

The only complete print edition—indexed, updated, and supplemented with maps and tables, 1985-2005—was published by Berkshire Publishing Group in 2005.[2]


Year Acts Killed Wounded
2004 NA NA NA
2003 208 625 3646
2002 199 725 2013
2001 346 3547 1080
2000 423 405 791
1999 392 233 706
1998 273 741 5952
1997 304 221 693
1996 296 311 2652
1995 440 165 6291

Each report includes a short numerical summary. The table at right summarizes the number of international terrorism acts reported each year since 1995. The numbers of those killed or wounded from those acts are also included in the table.

The following list consists of the report excerpts from which the table is based. Note that some of the numbers are revised after initial publication of the report, which causes some of the numbers used in excerpted comparisons to differ from what was originally reported.

Problems with 2003 report

The 2003 report was released twice, in April and June 2004. The release of the April 29th version led Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage to say

Terrorism continues to destroy the lives of people all over the world; and this report we are releasing today, "Patterns of Global Terrorism: 2003," documents the sad toll that such attacks took last year. This report also details the steps the United States and some 92 other nations took in 19 — or 2003 to fight back and to protect our peoples. Indeed, you will find in these pages clear evidence that we are prevailing in the fight.

On June 10, 2004, a few weeks after challenges from two professors (Alan Krueger of Princeton University and David Laitin of Stanford University) and Congressman Henry Waxman, the State Department announced that the report previously issued for 2003 was incomplete and incorrect in part. The revisions issued twelve days later included significant changes, including a doubling of the number of killed and wounded mentioned in the April 2004 version. Here are examples from the section "The Year in Review":

April 29 version June 22 version
There were 190 acts of international terrorism in 2003, a slight decrease from the 198 attacks that occurred in 2002, and a drop of 45% from the level in 2001 of 346 attacks. The figure in 2003 represents the lowest annual total of international terrorist attacks since 1969. There were 208 acts of international terrorism in 2003, a slight increase from the most recently published figure of 198* attacks in 2002, and a 42% drop from the level in 2001 of 355 attacks.
307 persons were killed in the attacks of 2003, far fewer than the 725 killed during 2002. 625 persons were killed in the attacks of 2003, fewer than the 725 killed during 2002.
1,593 persons were wounded in the attacks that occurred in 2003, down from 2,013 persons wounded the year before. 3646 persons were wounded in the attacks that occurred in 2003, a sharp increase from 2013 persons wounded the year before. This increase reflects the numerous indiscriminate attacks during 2003 on “soft targets,” such as places of worship, hotels, and commercial districts, intended to produce mass casualties.

In November 2004, news leaked to the Los Angeles Times about an internal report from the State Department's Office of Inspector General. The report found more errors in the 2003 report, and concluded that even the June version "cannot be viewed as reliable" because of questionable statistics on terrorist attacks and casualties, as well as other issues. The inspectors cited some short-term problems from the transition to the government's new interagency Terrorist Threat Integration Center. These included gaps in data entry, inadequate oversight, and personnel issues. They also cited a long-standing failure by the State Department, CIA, and other agencies to use consistent standards for the identification and classification of terrorism-related events.

See also


  1. ^ "Country Reports on Terrorism". Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  2. ^ "Patterns of Global Terrorism: U.S. Department of State Reports with S…". Archived from the original on 31 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Remarks on Release of "Country Reports on Terrorism" for 2004". Retrieved 2017-06-24.


Maps of Patterns of Global Terrorism -

  1. ^ "The National Counterterrorism Center". Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Retrieved 26 February 2019.