May 31st, 2013
03:36 AM ET

State Department releases annual U.S. report on terrorism

By CNN's Paul Courson

A country-by-country study of trends in terrorism finds unilateral and "lone wolf" threats rising alongside state-sponsored acts, according to findings released Thursday by the U.S. State Department.

The 200-page study, "Country Reports on Terrorism 2012," includes a strategic assessment, a survey of counter terrorism efforts and reviews of what researchers believe are state sponsors of terrorism, terrorist safe havens, and foreign terrorist organizations.

The Iranian government was cited for a "resurgence" of what the report calls "state sponsorship of terrorism" through Iran's military intelligence apparatus and support for terrorist operatives associated with Hezbollah, who carry out attacks outside Iran.

The report also concluded that independent terrorist activity exists without obvious support from organized governments.  Counter-terrorism efforts are having an impact on al-Qaeda, it said, evidenced by splintered leadership.  That has forced the group to operate in smaller, more local venues, the study found.

The report's Strategic Assessment said al-Qaeda's "ability to direct the activities and attacks of its affiliates has diminished, as its leaders focus increasingly on survival." The study cautioned that the group retains influence operating from its safe haven in western Pakistan.

Libya is a continued trouble spot, the study said, because of a "security vacuum" that "provided greater opportunity for terrorists to operate."  One example was last September's attack by extremists in the town of Benghazi, which killed the U.S. ambassador and three American staffers at a diplomatic post.

The study, mandated as an annual review by Congress, was prepared by social scientists at  the "National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism," based at the University of Maryland.

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  4. Socrates

    I don't see in this list Israel and the US.

    June 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Reply


    June 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  6. lance

    with the u.s. liberal immigration policy its no wonder this country has so many muslem terrorist living here.

    June 1, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
  7. George Patton-2

    CNN reports a Jihad Jane aka some muslim woman from Michigan was killed by Syrian forces. May be State Department should look within a country too !!!

    May 31, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  8. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    May 31, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • Weasel Wrapper

      I love America.

      May 31, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Reply
      • Jonquil

        So do I. I'm so glad to be American. We're not perfect but we sincerely try. We have corrupt fools like anywhere else but at least our mainstream values still tell us that it's wrong to steal (like stealing intellectual property) and it's wrong to deceive (like taking public assistance for your child and tuition help from the very people you plan on annihilating). Humanity is flawed, but at least people are free to be themselves in America, even if being yourself might mean being a jerk. We're free.

        May 31, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
      • Killer O'Bama

        Thank you Weasel Wrapper, thanks a million! I too love this country since the majority was dumb enough to elect me President and support my war against Islam. Maybe, we can make Islam a thing of the past.

        May 31, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
  9. George Patton-2

    200 pages report is a joke; I bet someone remove pages from the report after reviewing it. If you do google search on muslim terrorists, there are 72 million hits, the real report on international terrorism.

    May 31, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Killer O'Bama

      Thank you again, Phunnie boy, for trolling that humanitarian Patton. He has been criticizing my heinous policies of killing Muslims for months on end!!!!!!! As the two of us agree Phunnie boy, the good Muslim is a dead one!

      May 31, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        are you trying to make me look cold blooded killer ? I support killing of terrorists any place any time and GITMO rehab center for misguided muslims.

        May 31, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
  10. BHO is a geopolitical strategic wizard!

    This 200 page study must have been in draft before Hillary Clinton's departure, so this cannot be true. She assured us that the Iran problem was no issue at all, but the machinations of warmongering right wingers. Plus, Obama said he'd reach out with an open hand instead of a clenched fist, unlike bad president BUSH. Shoot, Obama walked away from victory in Iraq and gave the country to Iran. And he's set a red line in Syria against shiite Assad. So this report must be false.

    May 31, 2013 at 10:58 am | Reply
  11. Abdiye

    Every action have it's own reaction,the shortcut to avoid terorism is just to think twice what u r doing n correct the previous mistake.USA wants to rule the whole world indirectly n no 1 else accept that,hence the only way 2 make that happen is by making a lot of mistakes n that mistakes brings a lot of reactions then USA call that reaction terorism,surprise!!!

    May 31, 2013 at 10:52 am | Reply
  12. Josh

    Islam is a religion of peace. But all the countries involved in terrorism are Islamic countries?

    May 31, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • Jack

      certainly not true...the only Jewish state in the world is considered the second apartheid after South Africa by majority of the world...and the insane brutality of the american forces are known first hand by a lot of countries in this world i.e. Combodia, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, Libya, Syria to name a few...opinions are different for different people of the world but might is right still stands as always...

      May 31, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  13. George Patton

    it is time drones are equipped with flamethrowers, of course it goes without saying remotely operated flamethrowers 🙂 and make couple of passes over western Pakistan and let's turn that terrorists hot bed into terrorist graveyard, once and for all.

    May 31, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
  14. Carlson

    This report here is rather ludicrous. Talk about sponsoring terrorism, look at what we did in places like Chile in 1973, Iran in 1953, Indonesia in 1965, South Vietnam in 1963 and the list goes on and on! In other words, we better clean house before throwing stones at other countries!

    May 31, 2013 at 9:00 am | Reply
  15. Silverado

    The country-by-country study of trends in terrorism reported terrorism in Pakistan, Iran, Libya, etc. All the countries mentioned have one thing in common – Muslims.

    May 31, 2013 at 6:37 am | Reply
    • Burhan Rasool

      Why is there so much intolerance towards a way of life and thinking pattern which is different from theirs? What causes someone with a family, job, social life and a dream of a better livelihood for himself and his kids to change so radically and get brain-washed, full of hate?

      May 31, 2013 at 7:07 am | Reply
  16. blahblahblah

    The U.S. needs a demilitarized border with mexico- NOW!

    May 31, 2013 at 4:55 am | Reply

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