Ukraine places 17th in world terrorism rating

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

This was in part due to significant declines in terrorism in four of the five countries most impacted by terrorism - Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

According to the fifth annual Global Terrorism Index, developed by the Institute for Economics and Peace think tank, deaths from terrorism fell 13% to 25,673 previous year, and were 22% lower than the 2014 peak.

"It's a very positive trend", Daniel Hyslop, research director for the Institute for Economics and Peace told The Independent.

Nigeria saw the greatest drop in number of deaths (80%) as regions in the north were retaken from militant Islamist group Boko Harem. The increase from 65 countries in 2015 drove the Global Terrorism Index score down by 4%.

Despite the fall, Iraq bore the brunt of an increase in deaths primarily driven by Isis, which stepped up its suicide attacks on civilians to compensate for its territorial losses.

There may be a reason for the low number in those regions - 99% of all terrorism-related deaths in the past 17 years have happened in countries that have an ongoing conflict or high levels of political terror.

Courtesy START GDT IEP CALCULATIONS
Courtesy START GDT IEP CALCULATIONS

Terrorism-related deaths around the world are down for the second straight year.

The figure indicates a potential improvement, Mr Hyslop said, indicating a trend that may see a decrease in Isis attacks. "There's been 82 deaths from terrorism in OECD countries and there were 260 for the full year of 2016, so by raw count of deaths, there have been fewer deaths".

Of the 35 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 27 suffered a terrorist attack a year ago - up from 22 in 2015. "The future stability of Syria and Iraq will play a critical role in determining the impact of terrorism in the years ahead", Steve Killelea, executive chairman of the IEP, said in the statement. But deaths attributed to the Islamic State (IS) terror group increased by almost half in 2016, with the majority of the rise ─ 40 percent ─ in Iraq. The total death toll rose to about 265, up from about 240, or just over 1 percent of the global total.

"There has been a general shift towards simpler attacks against non-traditional and softer civilian targets", the authors noted.

Overall, the impact of terrorism cost the global economy $84bn (£64bn) in 2016, a reduction of almost $6bn (£4.6bn) from 2015.


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