Acts of Terrorism Rose 60 Percent In One Year, and You’ll Never Guess What the Main Cause Is November 19, 2014

Acts of Terrorism Rose 60 Percent In One Year, and You’ll Never Guess What the Main Cause Is

From the water-is-wet department, via the Guardian:

Religious extremism has become the main driver of terrorism in recent years, according to this year’s Global Terrorism IndexThe report recorded 18,000 deaths in 2013, a rise of 60% on the previous year. The majority (66%) of these were attributable to just four groups: Islamic State (Isis) in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Taliban in Afghanistan, and al-Qaida.

Overall there has been a fivefold increase in deaths from terrorism since the 9/11 suicide attacks. The report’s authors attribute the majority of incidents over the past few years to groups with a religious agenda. …

More than 80% of deaths from terrorism in 2013 occurred in just five countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria. …

The number of incidents from nationalist separatist groups has remained relatively stable in the years since while religious extremism has grown.

It’s a sober reminder that most acts of terrorism are perpetrated by Muslims against other Muslims.

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