The number of suicide bombings by Muslims around the world was 94 percent higher last year than in 2013, amid the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Haaretz And the trend is expected to continue in 2015, according to the Israel-based Institute for National Security Studies, due to the instability in several countries and the increasing number of religious and ethnic conflicts, as well as the growing strength of groups like the Islamic State and Al-Qaida.
Some 3,400 people were killed in such attacks last year, compared with 2,200 in 2013, a 37.5 percent increase. There were 592 bombings, compared with 305 in 2013, says the INSS, a research institute and think tank affiliated with Tel Aviv University. Fifteen suicide bombings in 2014 were carried out by women, compared with five in 2013.
But according to Barack Hussein Obama:
“I have made it clear that America will not base our entire foreign policy on reacting to terrorism. Rather, we have waged a focused campaign against al Qaeda and its associated forces – taking out their leaders, and denying them the safe-havens they rely upon. (Despite the fact that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS are bigger and stronger than ever before?) At the same time, we have reaffirmed that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. Islam teaches peace.”
“Muslims the world over aspire to live with dignity and a sense of justice. And when it comes to America and Islam, there is no us and them – there is only us, because millions of Muslim Americans are part of the fabric of our country.”
“Suicide bombings are not just an effective tactic for them in terms of their goal of causing death and destruction and establishing fear, but are also a commercial symbol and proof of the willingness of their activists to sacrifice themselves in the way of God,” the INSS says.
As in recent years, these organizations were responsible for most suicide bombings around the world in 2014. The claim that most suicide bombings are carried out against foreign occupiers has been proved false once again, the INSS says. Only 3 percent of all suicide bombings were carried out against foreign armies, while most were conducted against government, military and local security-force targets, or based on religious or ethnic rivalries, the think tank says.
There were three main causes behind the jump in suicide bombings last year: the continued upheaval in the Middle East that is rocking governments and strengthening non-state actors, the meteoric rise of the Islamic State, and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Many of the suicide bombers in Iraq were foreigners who volunteered for ISIS. The organization rarely took responsibility for bombings, but ISIS was responsible for the great majority of such attacks in Iraq. The suicide attacks conducted by Boko Haram — 32 killing some 500 people — made up half the number of such attacks the organization has carried out since it started using the tactic in 2011.