Washington: Iran remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, the Trump administration said Wednesday in an annual report that also highlighted another drop in terrorist attacks worldwide.
‘US State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2017’, an annual survey of global terrorism, tagged the Islamic Republic of Iran as the main source behind intensifying numerous conflicts and trying to undermine governments throughout the Middle East and beyond. Iran’s “terrorist affiliates and proxies,” the report said, “demonstrated a near-global terrorist reach.”
The report also reveals that the number of worldwide terrorist attacks dropped by 23% in 2017 compared with 2016, a change largely due to the gains against the Islamic State group in Iraq.
“ISIS, al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have proven to be resilient, determined and adaptable, and they have adjusted to heightened counterterrorism pressure in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere,” the report says.
The worldwide decrease in terrorism was due mostly to a decline in violence in Iraq, Sales said. Terrorism claimed the lives of 4,269 people in Iraq last year, compared to 9,782 in 2016. And the number of attacks in that country dropped to 1,951, from 2,969 in 2016.
Overall, there were 8,584 terrorist attacks around the world in 2017, claiming more than 18,700 lives and causing more than 19,400 injuries. While attacks occurred in 100 countries, they were concentrated in five countries: Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Pakistan and the Philippines, according to the report.