By Maxim Nikolenko.
It has been another deadly period for the citizens of countries ravaged by war. Apart from the numerous casualties inflicted by direct and indirect aspects of armed conflict, the prevalence of terrorist attacks remains shockingly frequent. The past 7 days, (from Thursday of last week to Wednesday of this week), saw at least 25 terrorist attacks. Most incidents took place in the destabilized countries of the Middle East and Africa.
In total, 168 people perished in these attacks.
The West witnessed 4 terrorist incidents. Two of them (one in Belgium and one in France) were prevented from causing wide casualties, with the suspects killed. One person was killed in the right-wing terrorist attack on Muslim worshipers in London.
A bomb blast took lives of three people in the Colombian capital Bogotá.
Meanwhile, some of the deadliest terrorist incidents were reported this week from Afghanistan. The people of this country had seen no peace for 37 years. The past 7 days were no exception, with numerous unreported casualties on the frontline and 45 deaths resulting from 4 terrorist attacks.
4 people died in attacks across Iraq. Ones again, this number does not include the casualties on the frontline. Little information is surfacing about the massacre that is the battle for Mosul.
One policeman was killed by a roadside explosion, planted allegedly by the IS extremists in Egypt.
Across the rest of Africa, 92 people died in terrorist attacks involving Al Qaeda in Mali, Boko Haram in Nigerian and Cameroon, and Al Shabaab striking Kenya and Somalia.
At least 6 soldiers were killed by a bomb blast in Southern Thailand, the latest casualties in an ongoing Southern insurgency.
A lone wolf took lives of 8 people in China.
5 people were killed in attacks in East Jerusalem and West Bank, echoing the persisting tensions between Palestinians and their Israeli “occupiers.”
The “War on Terror” continues. However, the practical double standard of this war can be seen in this investigative report published on the Syrian Analysis. The investigation provides a glimpse on the forces who are known in the West as “rebels.” Their fight against the Syrian government receives a positive media coverage in Western countries. Washington politicians, along with their Arab clients, had long expressed interest in seeing the fall of the secular Syrian government.