The map above shows global terrorist attacks with more than 20 fatalities over the last 15 years.
While there have been several tragic attacks in Europe and North America, it’s the people of Asia, Africa and especially the Middle-East who have been the primary victims.
In 2014, deaths from terrorism increased by 80% from 2013, with a total of 32,658 victims.
78% of all deaths and 57% of all attacks occurred in just five countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria. With Iraq continuing to be the country most impacted by terrorism with 9,929 terrorist fatalities, the highest ever recorded in a single country.
To understand the timeline of these attacks watch the time-lapse video below:
The data for the map and video come from the Global Terrorism database and various media outlets.
Mr. Vuckovic notes that:
due to the large amount of data used, there are likely to be mistakes (exact chronology, location, casualties etc.). This video should serve as an approximation. (Especcially in the messy parts.)
Typical error would be: GTD had sometimes the “at least” casualties in the database. Istanbul Bombings from 2003 are not present on the map because of this. I also used different definitions of terrorism regarding the area and time of attacks.
You can learn more about global terrorism from the following books:
- The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism–From al Qa’ida to ISIS
- The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State
- ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror
- The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
- The History of Terrorism: From Antiquity to al Qæda
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