The number of people
killed around the world in terror attacks rose by 40% last year to more than
20,000, the US State Department has said.
The increase is mostly due
to greater violence in Iraq the State Department's annual report on
Iran is listed as the
world's biggest state sponsor of terrorism, supporting extremist groups
throughout the Middle East but particularly in Iraq.
Venezuela is criticised for
allowing Colombian rebels to use its territory.
The number of attacks in
Iraq nearly doubled to 6,630, accounting for 45% of the global total.