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Homeland Security

19 April 2005

State's Annual Terrorism Report To Be Released by April 30

Statistics to be published separately by National Counterterrorism Center

Washington -- The U.S. State Department will release its annual terrorism report by April 30, but responsibility for compilation and release of terrorist incident statistics has been shifted to the National Counterterrorism Center created in the fall of 2004, says department spokesman Richard Boucher.

This year’s publication, titled Country Reports on Terrorism, replaces the Patterns of Global Terrorism report issued in prior years, Boucher said in an April 18 briefing.

As in previous years, the report will contain country reports and regional information; lists and descriptions of foreign terrorist organizations and other terrorist groups; an accounting of state sponsors of terrorism and global jihadi networks; and related articles on anti-terrorism and counterterrorism training and interdiction programs, the spokesman added.

"As far as the statistical annexes that we have included in the past in various ways, there has been a development this year in terms of the structure of the government's work on terrorism, and we're going to take that into account," said Boucher.

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 established the NCTC as the primary organization in the United States for the analysis of global terrorism, including regular reporting requirements. 

"They are the people who do the detailed work," said Boucher. "The people of the United States will get all the facts.  The world will get all the facts."

"This is a straightforward attempt to make sure that those who have the best analysis of the countries and the organizations -- that's us –- can put out that analysis, and those who have the best handle on the numbers can put out the numbers."

Boucher said that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, acting on the advice of the department’s counselor and other bureaus, made the decision to have the statistics reported separately by the NCTC, the authoritative source of statistical data on terrorism.

Boucher said the NCTC will announce when it will publish its terrorism statistics.

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)

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