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US terror center reports 3000+ terror attacks worldwide in 2004

[JURIST] Under a new, broader definition of terror attacks, the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) [executive order establishing NCTC] announced Tuesday there were 3,192 such attacks worldwide in 2004 resulting in 28,433 people killed, wounded or kidnapped. Under the old definition, the center had reported in April [press briefing transcript; NCTC report, PDF] that there 651 significant international attacks and 9,000 victims. The new figures include politically motivated violence carried out within a country, while previously a victim from another country was necessary. Another change removes the $10,000 damage or serious injury requirement to be classified as an attack. The new figures do not count attacks against US troops in Iraq, as they are considered combatants. A new public, searchable database went online Wednesday to track terrorism around the world [NCTC Worldwide Incidents Tracking System], but NCTC interim director John Brennan cautioned the database was not "black and white and perfect" and that terrorist acts must be classified on a case-by-case basis. AP has more.

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