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U.S. State Department report grow of terrorist activity in 2013 (43%), and negative impact of Snowden´s revelations on U.S. Security.

 

The Americas Security Post.- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

The Americas Security Post.- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

After Bin Laden´s death, Ayman al- Zawahiri is the leader of al Qaeda.  A reward up to $25 million has been offered by the U.S. government and he is supposedly hidden in Pakistan, and therefore al Qaeda’s central commando and its ability to conduct/direct operations has diminished. However,  its brand affiliate organizations,  have grown more dangerous, according to a new report issued by the U.S. State Department.

The State Dept report cited 9,707 terrorist attacks in 2013, that is a 43% increase from 2012, acc. to statistics compiled by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism NCSTRT .

NCSTRT also informed that the attacks resulted in more than 17,800 deaths all over the world, and more than 32,500 injuries. The majority of the deaths and injuries took place in Ibdia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia, Syria, Thailand and Yemen.

Last year’s most bloody incidents were executed by the Taliban, in both Pakistan and Afganistan.

Also in the list:  al Qaeda in Iraq, Nigeria’s Boko Haram,  al- Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and ISIL.

THE SNOWDEN EFFECT.

Tina Kaidanow, the State Department’s top counterterrorism official, said to media that the revelations by Edward Snowden of classified NSA National Security Agency surveillance programs,  has negatively impacted and degraded America’s ability to monitor and prevent terrorist activity. Snowden´s revelations has done damage to U.S. intelligence efforts.