The U.S. “war on terror” has increased terrorism.
Here are the number of terror attacks in Iraq between 1979 and 2011 courtesy of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism Global Terrorism Database (part of a joint government-university program on terrorism, is hosted at the University of Maryland):
And now things are getting a whole lot worse …
Al Qaeda-linked extremists in Iraq have captured Iraq’s second-biggest city, the major oil center of Mosul.
(The jihadis call themselves “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”. The fact that the U.S. is backing Al Qaeda in Syria is probably a continuing factor).
McClatchy notes the extremists captured:
A civilian airport, a military airport, a military division headquarters, a border crossing with Syria, a weapons depot, government offices, banks and television stations.
Conflict Reporter tweets:
They also captured one or more black hawk helicopters. As Conflict Reporter tweets:
One person tweets:
Moreover, there were:
And mass chaos as civillians tried to flee. As the BBC reports:
And you may not have heard, but Al Qaeda allies also took over the Iraqi city of Fallujah 6 months ago.