Terror Attacks Double in Pakistan– Drop Sharply in Iraq

Terrorists doubled their attacks in Pakistan last year.
But, in Iraq there was a steep decline in terrorist attacks.
The Arizona Star reported:

Terror attacks in Pakistan doubled last year, and casualties from terrorism quadrupled, as extremists reasserted their hold in tribal areas and attempted to extend their reach deep into the country, the State Department said in its annual report Wednesday.

There was also a 16 percent increase in terrorist attacks in neighboring Afghanistan in 2007, the report on global terrorism trends said…

“Challenges remain,” said retired Lt. Gen. Dell Dailey, the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator.

Instability and the cease-fire agreement in Pakistan “provided al-Qaida leadership with the ability to conduct training and operational planning” for targets in the United States and Western Europe, he said.

The grim news in South Asia was tempered by blows against al-Qaida in Iraq, and a steep drop in terrorist attacks and fatalities in Iraq in the second half of 2007, the report said.

The White House has attributed that drop to the troop buildup that President Bush ordered last year, a claim some analysts have challenged.

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