The Orlando terror killings that saw nearly 50 people murdered in a nightclub represent the largest mass shooting in modern American history and the largest single terrorist tragedy since 9/11.
The events in Orlando have garnered enormous media coverage even here in France – and it is well deserved. However, it is worth remembering the other victims of terror around the world, too, and so I thought I would highlight just some of the Islamist terror attacks from the week leading up to the Orlando attack.
Sunday 5th June
- In Abu Ghraib, Iraq 3 people were killed and 7 injured in a marketplace bombing
- In Kabul, Afghanistan 3 people were killed and 3 injured in a bombing outside a house in that city
- In Aktobe, Kazakhstan 6 people were killed and 3 injured by terrorists in two separate attacks
- In Aleppo, Syria 2 people were killed and 27 were injured in a rocket attack on a church
- In Al-Mahouz, Iraq 3 people were beheaded by the Islamic State
- In Puli Alim, Afghanistan 7 people were killed and 23 were injured in an attack on a courthouse
- In Sachal Goth, Pakistan 3 people were killed by an Islamic terrorist group
Monday 6th June
- In Darak, Cameroon 10 people were killed by Boko Haram
- In Mosul, Iraq 65 people were killed by by the Islamic State
- In Narathiwat, Thailand 3 people are killed and 2 people injured in a terrorist attack
- In Adamawa, Nigeria 4 people were killed by Boko Haram
- In Taiz, Yemen 8 people were killed and 13 injured in a shelling by Islamic terrorists
- In Baghdad, Iraq 2 people are killed and 11 injured in a marketplace bombing
- In Amman, Jordan 5 people are killed by Islamic terrorists
Tuesday 7th June
- In Karbala, Iraq 7 people are killed and 20 injured in a suicide bombing in a commercial area
- In Khazar, Iraq 5 people are killed by the Islamic State
- In Ghazni, Afghanistan 12 people are killed and 50 injured by Taliban terrorists on a highway
Wednesday 8th June
- In Tel Aviv, Israel 4 people are killed and 13 injured by gunfire in an attack on a food and retail market
- In Buairat el-Hassun, Libya 7 people are killed and 18 injured in an Islamic State car bombing
- In Abu Grein, Libya 25 people are killed and 32 injured during an Islamic State assault on the town
- In Hanbas, Iraq 3 people are killed and 3 injured by an Islamic State bombing
Thursday 9th June
- In Meydan, Syria 5 people are killed and 50 injured when Al-Nusra terrorists deliberately shell civilians
- In Halgan, Somalia 43 people are killed by Al-Shabaab terrorists in a suicide assault
- In Taji, Iraq 12 people are killed and 32 injured by a Shahid terrorist bombing
- In Baghdad, Iraq 19 people and killed and 46 injured in a suicide bombing in a commercial district
- In Kirkuk, Iraq 1 person is killed and 5 injured by an Islamic State improvised explosive device
Friday 10th June
- In Ghandoura, Syria 37 people are killed by the Islamic State
- In Fallujah, Iraq 30 people are killed when the Islamic State fires into a crowd of women and children
- In Baghdad, Iraq 3 people are killed and 11 injured in a Shahid suicide bombing
Saturday 11th June
- In Haska Mena, Afghanistan 6 people are killed and 11 injured in an Islamic State attack on a police station
- In Sayyida Zeinab, Syria 20 people are killed and 30 injured in a suicide bombing at a mosque
And then came Sunday 12th June and Orlando with its 49 dead, 53 injured nightclubbers – the same day, mind you, that in Darak, Cameroon the bodies of 42 fishermen were recovered after having been murdered by Boko Haram.
The ideology that provoked the attack in Orlando is the same ideology that takes dozens of lives every week, sometimes every day, all over the world. It will remain a threat to the world until it is identified, attacked, and ended.
I sincerely hope that the person who takes over the reins of power from Barack Obama in January has the fortitude to address that threat.
God help us all if they don’t.