of terrorist attacks committed by Muslims since 9/11/01 (a rate of
about five a day) is incomplete because not all such attacks are picked up by international news sources, even those resulting in
multiple loss of life.
These are not incidents of ordinary crime involving nominal Muslims
killing for money or vendetta. We
incidents of deadly violence that are reasonably determined to have been committed out of
religious duty - as
interpreted by the perpetrator. Islam needs to be a motive, but it need
not be the only factor.
We usually list only attacks resulting in loss of
life (with a handful of exceptions). In several cases, the deaths are
undercounted because deaths from trauma caused by the Islamists may occur in
later days, despite the best efforts of medical personnel to keep the victims
n 2014, the BBC did a
thorough analysis of Islamic terror attacks occurring during the month of
November. They found 664 attacks and 5,042 deaths. Our list has only
284 attacks and 2,515 deaths for that month, meaning that we
undercounted the true extent of Islamic terror by a significant
We usually don't include incidents related to combat,
such as in Iraq and Afghanistan, unless it involves particularly heinous
terror tactics, such as suicide bombings or attacks on troops sleeping in their
barracks or providing medical care to the local population.
We acknowledge that a handful of incidents on our list
may not fit the traditional definition of 'terror attack.' A small
portion, for example, are of honor killings - although we usually omit
those in which the woman is killed by her husband, since this is often
indistinguishable from a crime of passion (barring explicit circumstances).
Our stance on honor killings is that the stabbing, shooting or
strangling of a woman over "unIslamic" behavior constitutes Islamic terror.
Our counter reflects the number of deadly attacks on
our list. This number will be a bit greater than the number of line items,
since multiple incidents are sometimes grouped into the same record.
Honor killings and attacks that result in no loss of
life are not included in the counter even if they appear on the list.
Unfortunately, this list of Muslim terrorist attacks
barely scratches the surface of atrocities committed in the name of Islam occurring world-wide each day. For that reason, we don't tally up the dead and
dismembered, except on a weekly and monthly basis.
The incidents are collected each day from public news
sources. There is no rumor or word-of-mouth involved. Although every
attempt is made to be accurate and consistent, we are not making the
claim that this is a scientific product.
Unlike the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR), which publishes a tally of alleged "hate crimes" each year without
supporting data, we do provide detail of each incident that we claim as a terror
attack and make it available for verification.
The point of this list is not to convince
anyone that they are in mortal danger or that Muslims are innately dangerous
people (they are not, of course). Rather it is to point out that Islam is
different. No other religion inspires the sort of terrorism that
the "Religion of Peace" produces. It should be acceptable to
question and critique the teachings, particularly those that are supremacist in
We also hope that this list offers
moral perspective against so-called "Islamophobia" and other complaints from
Muslim identity groups that
are petty by comparison. Who knows - perhaps one day these groups will decide to take the sort of action expected of those who
truly believe that it is wrong to kill in the name of
TROP Responds to Loonwatch Critics
- a rebuttal to one of our more vocal critics.
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