Terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan are increasing, meaning more civilian casualties.
A new Pentagon report says nearly 7,000 civilians were killed or injured in Afghanistan last year.
CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck has more on the rise in violence. Click play for his comments.
That's a 44 percent jump from the previous year. The number is even higher in Pakistan.
Afghanistan saw more than 2,000 terrorism attacks in 2009. That's almost double the year before.
These numbers make south Asia the world's new top terror region, pushing past the Middle East.