The Butcher’s Bill

Source: The Economist

There is no doubt that al Qaeda has wrought havoc throughout the world over the past two decades. However, actually seeing the number of people the terrorist organization has killed really brings home its destructive nature.

Several weeks ago, The Economist put together the chart above, which chronicles al Qaeda’s attacks outside of Afghanistan and Iraq from 1992 to 2008. 

About Sean Patrick Hazlett

Finance executive, engineer, former military officer, and science fiction and horror writer. Editor of the Weird World War III anthology.
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7 Responses to The Butcher’s Bill

  1. Nobody says:

    The omission of Iraq makes this list rather pointless. I remember the good old days when their Iraqi division was staging truck bomb attacks almost daily.

    • I wouldn’t say it is pointless, although I would agree that the bulk of al Qaeda -induced deaths did likely occur in Iraq. Those figures are probably a bit more difficult to separate because some deaths were because of traditional combat and others, the result of terrorism. Plus, there are other classification issues. For instance, does a suicide bombing attack against soldiers really count as terrorism or a legitimate military tactic?

  2. Nobody says:

    Don’t miss this one

    *** That the Saudis are even considering such a project shows how difficult and costly it is becoming to slake the world’s thirst for oil. It also suggests that even the Saudis may not be able to boost production quickly in the future if demand rises unexpectedly. Neither issue bodes well for the return of cheap oil over the long term. ***

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