A new report published by the State Department finds Al-Qaeda “resilient and adaptable,” despite a drop in attacks and deaths.
The State Department found that while 14,971 people died in 10,999 individual terrorist attacks around the world, this was a 5% and 6% drop in those numbers since 2006, when 22,736 died in 14,443 attacks.
Even with the drop in carnage, there is still concern over several factions of the terrorist network and the nations accused of supporting their plans.
Cuba, Syria, Sudan and Iran were singled out as nations serving as terrorism sponsors – with a particular focus on Tehran and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; although this news is consistent with past studies and reports.
The areas of Pakistan and Yemen have also been deemed risky due to proxy groups formed by Al-Qaeda.
“(Al-Qaeda) has proven to be an adaptable and resilient terrorist group whose desire to attack the United States and U.S. interests abroad remains strong,” the report said.