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CNN: Terrorist attacks and deaths hit record high, report shows


CNN: Terrorist attacks and deaths hit record high, report shows

October 28, 2013

In a recent article and on-air story, CNN previews preliminary 2012 GTD data and quotes START Director Gary LaFree and Researcher Martha Crenshaw.

It is important to note that beginning with 2012 data collection, START made several important changes to the Global Terrorism Database collection methodology, improving the efficiency and comprehensiveness of the process. As a result of these improvements, a direct comparison between 2011 and 2012 likely overstates the increase in total attacks and fatalities worldwide during this time period.

However, analysis of the data indicate that this increase began before the shift in data collection methodology, and important developments in key conflicts around the world suggest that considerable upward trends remain even when accounting for the possibility of methodological artifacts.

Read the article here.