2001 (Patterns of Global Terrorism)

Patterns of Global Terrorism

The annual "Patterns of Global Terrorism" report, released May 2002 by the Secretary of State and the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, is submitted in compliance with Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f(a), which requires the Department of State to provide Congress a full and complete annual report on terrorism for those countries and groups meeting the criteria of Section (a)(1) and (2) of the Act.

Rescue helicopter hovers over the Pentagon engulfed in smoke, while responding to attack near Washington, DC on 9/11 after hijacked American Airlines Flight 77  crashed into the Pentagon, killing 189 persons, including all aboard the aircraft.

As Secretary Powell states in the 2001 report, "[T]errorism cast its lethal shadow across the globe--yet the world's resolve to defeat it has never been greater. . . . This chilling report details the very clear and present danger that terrorism poses to the world and the efforts that the United States and our partners in the international community are making to defeat it. The cold, hard facts presented here compel the world's continued vigilance and concerted action. "

Ambassador Francis X. Taylor, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, emphasizes that "the US Government and our Coalition partners have worked countless hours to ensure that the lives of those murdered on 9/11 were not lost in vain. . . . As this annual report demonstrates, their support has been much more than rhetorical. This unprecedented Coalition of nations has sought to synchronize diplomatic, intelligence, law enforcement, economic, financial, and military power to attack terrorism globally."

As President Bush said in an address to Congress on September 20, 2001, "Our war on terror begins with al-Qaida, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated."