Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

International Terrorism Dropped in 1994

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

International Terrorism Dropped in 1994

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WHILE DOMESTIC terrorism is in the forefront of the public's attention, terrorism involving more than one nation was the lowest in 23 years last year, the State Department reported Friday.

According to the report, 321 incidents of international terrorism were recorded last year, fewer than half the 665 registered in 1987, the peak year. Globally, the number of attacks directed against U.S. targets fell to 66 last year from 88 in 1993. None took place on U.S. soil.

International terrorism is defined in the report as terrorism involving citizens of or territory of more than one country.

Philip Wilcox, the State Department coordinator for counter-terrorism, said the decline in such activities was partly due to improved law enforcement cooperation around the world.

"There's less ambivalence in the world today that terrorism is a crime," Wilcox told reporters. Another contributing factor, he said, was the demise of the Soviet Union, which he described as a refuge and a supporter of terrorist groups. …

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