The U.S. State Department announced earlier that overall global terrorism index has decreased in 2015 compared to the preceding year due to less terrorist attacks and fewer casualties.
In a press conference hosted by the State Department last week, Justin Siberell, Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism, said that the international community made a remarkable improvement in its fights against terrorism, as proven by the declining number of attacks and related damage.
The announcement was made during the launch of the Country Reports on Terrorism, which details the counterterrorism progress report and update in the past year. The report shows how effective the country was as well as the international community in combating different terrorist attacks or threats from various terrorist groups.
According to the report, the overall number of terrorist attacks carried out in 2015 lowered by 13 percent as opposed to the preceding year. Likewise, a 14 percent decrease in casualties as a direct result of terrorist attacks was observed in the same year. The report attributed the decline of casualties to the significant decrease of successful terrorist attacks carried out in Iraq, Pakistan, and Nigeria.
“The international community made important progress in degrading terrorist safe havens – in particular, a sizeable reduction in the amount of territory held by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, in Iraq and Syria, as well as the finances and foreign terrorist fighters available to it,” Siberell told the press.
He, however, said that areas in other parts of the world, particularly those controlled by militant groups, provide a safe haven for terrorist groups such as ISIS, which continue to pose as a threat to the international community. In fact, countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Syria, and Turkey recorded an increased number of terrorist attacks in 2015.
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