Terror Attack Increase

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Terror attacks worldwide more than tripled last year, according to government figures released today by a senior House Democrat.
Much of the increase can be traced to attacks in Iraq.

California Congressman Henry Waxman says based on a briefing federal officials gave congressional aides, there were about 650 significant terror attacks last year. He said that was more than three times the record 175 tallied by the government in 2003.

In a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Waxman says the 2004 figure may be underestimated significantly.

Waxman has been critical of State Department reporting on terrorism. Last week, he accused Rice of denying Congress and the public important information about the number of incidents.