A recently produced map outlines that nearly two decades after 9/11 and in the wake of the so-called “war on terror” global militant jihadists are stronger than ever in terms of numbers.
It’s yet more confirmation that American interventionism abroad has actually done more to fuel Islamic terrorism than it has to stamp it out — Libya and Syria being foremost recent examples of Washington fueling jihad for half-baked, destabilizing regime change projects, to say nothing of Bush’s Iraq war, which CIA officers themselves have admitted birthed ISIS in the first place.
The map published by the DC-based Center For Strategic and International Studies lays out just how expanded the global Salafi-Jihadist terrorism threat has become over the past few years.
“Despite nearly two decades of U.S.-led counterterrorism operations, there are nearly four times as many Sunni Islamic militants today as there were on September 11, 2001,” the prior CSIS study found.
By the numbers, they include—
Syria: largest number of fighters at between 43,650 and 70,550 (most now in Idlib province)
Afghanistan: between 27,000 and 64,060 and increasingly resurgent
Pakistan: between 17,900 and 39,540
Iraq: between 10,000 and 15,000
Nigeria: between 3,450 and 6,900
Somolia: between 3,095 and 7,240