State Terror Report: Fatalities in Attacks Spiked By 81 Percent in 2014

Deaths in terrorist attacks worldwide spiked by 81 percent in 2014.

According to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), the number of terrorist attacks in 2014 increased by 35 percent, while total fatalities increased 81 percent.

More than 32,700 people were killed worldwide in a total of 13,463 terrorist attacks, with more than 34,700 reported injuries. 20 percent of those killed, however, are designated as the perpetrators of the attacks either by suicide or being killed by security forces responding to an attack.

In a State Department briefing over the report today, reporters asked Ambassador Tina Kaidanow whether the sharp increases reflected a failure in U.S. effectiveness at combating terrorism globally. "The numbers don’t tell the whole story,” said Kaidanow, the State Department’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism. “They’re geographically very much in conflict areas and the lethality of those attacks have really gone up because of the savagery of them.”

The report decries “counterproductive actions some governments have taken” to combat terrorism and foreign fighter recruitment and travel, making a hard case against Iranian involvement in foreign conflicts.

Only 24 U.S. citizens were killed in 2014 as a result of terrorism overseas, the report said.