Study: Global terrorism on the decline

Blast from terrorist attack.

LONDON — A study into international terrorism over the past decade says the number of attacks has levelled out since 2007.

The Global Terrorism Index, drawn up by the Institute for Economics and Peace, says attacks rose steadily from 2002 to 2007.

It says that more than a third of all victims between 2002 and 2011 were Iraqi.

The index ranks and compares 158 countries over a 10-year period to shed light on the impact of terrorism.

It says that the biggest rise took place between 2005-2007, driven by events in Iraq.

Pakistan, India and Afghanistan accounted for 12 per cent, 11 per cent and 10 per cent of global terrorist incidents respectively from 2002 to 2009, the report said.

Thailand, the Philippines and Russia also accounted for a notable portion at five per cent, four per cent, and four per cent respectively.

“The overall global trend does give some hope for optimism as the steep increase in terrorist activity experienced from 2003 to 2007 has halted, however the deteriorating situation in Syria and other future possible conflicts in the Middle-East could reverse the situation,” the report said.

Fatal attacks in Western Europe have decreased since 2002 but it still had 19 times more deaths than the US, the study shows, although the time-frame means the 9/11 attacks of 2001 are not included.

North America was highlighted as the region least likely to suffer a terrorist incident, followed by Western Europe and Latin America.

Only 31 nations did not experience a terrorist attack between 2002 and 2011, the study revealed.

The study says al-Qaeda is much weakened and responsible for only one of 4,564 attacks carried out in 2011. However that does not include al-Qaeda’s affiliates such as those in Yemen and North Africa which are responsible for hundreds of other deaths. (BBC)

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