"The annual Country Reports on Terrorism is designed to meet a Congressional requirement for a full and complete annual report on terrorism for countries and groups that meet the criteria of Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656(f). But at a time when our nation is engaged in a global war on terror, the Country Reports also serve a broader purpose - to summarize key developments in the international campaign against terrorism. According to the State Dept, terrorist attacks rose sharply in 2005 to 11,111, with strikes in Iraq accounting for 30 percent of the total. These figures were compiled by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). The 2005 report includes a strategic assessment of the war on terrorism. The conclusion finds that 'Although events of 2005 depict a rapidly changing situation, some conclusions emerge: Al-Qaida is not the organization it was four years ago. International efforts have largely succeeded in denying the group its Afghan safe haven, have disrupted its operations, and have killed or captured many of the men in leadership positions. The group was adaptive and resilient, however, and important members of its core cadre remained alive and were adjusting to our operational tempo.'"
U.S. Department of State: http://www.state.gov/