Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Military Operations Against ISIL and Boko Haram Reduced Fatalities in Iraq and Nigeria By 32%

Military operations against ISIL and Boko Haram have resulted in a 32% reduction in deaths in Iraq and Nigeria , which contributed to an overall reduction in the overall figure. However, despite the weakening of ISIL and Boko Haram locally, these organizations to other countries spread, causing an increase in the impact of terrorism in the world and contributing to a decline of 6% in the GTI overall score this year.

The annual report by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) is based on the Global Terrorism Database of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), as well as other sources, and provides the most comprehensive resource on global terrorism trends. The report notes that globally, the number of countries that recorded the highest number of deaths in 2015 amounted to 23, six more than the previous high of 17. Among the countries that experienced very significant deterioration of its score GTI are France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Tunisia. This led to considerable changes in the rankings over the previous year and explained the general deterioration in the global GTI score, as these declines exceeded improvements in Nigeria and Iraq.

ISIL and its affiliates increased by more than double the number of countries in which they are active, up from 13 in 2014 to 28 countries in 2015, including many in Europe. This resulted in a record number of countries suffered its highest terrorism than in any year during the past 16 years levels. The spread of Boko Haram in neighboring countries such as Niger, Cameroon and Chad , increased by 157% the number of people killed by terrorism in these three countries. This made Cameroon and Niger ascend to the 13th and 16th positions respectively in the GTI.

Steve Killelea , Executive Chairman of the IEP , said: " The report GTI this year highlights the more complex dynamics present together on global terrorism in the past 16 years While on one hand the reduction in the number of deaths is a good thing. the continuing escalation of terrorism in some countries and its spread to new countries is a cause of serious concern and highlights the fluid nature of modern terrorist activity. the attacks in the center of Western democracies emphasize  the need for rapid and appropriate responses to the evolution of these organizations."

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