This militarization must be understood as part of a mushrooming of U.S. counterterrorism strategy across the globe.
To this day, the government does not release information about counterterror activity to the public.
In creating the map shown above, the Costs of War Project assembled this data in one place for the very first time. The project gathered information country-by-country from reputable news sources, government websites and expert input.
Every article or passing mention in the U.S. Department of State’s “Country Reports on Terrorism,” for instance, provided a glimpse of a tiny node in an expansive network of shadowy U.S. combat operations.