Brunt of Global Terrorist Attacks Born By Three Countries

Men carry out victims from a car bomb attack in Peshawar, Pakistan

Mohammad Sajjad/AP

AA Font size + Print

Men carry out victims from a car bomb attack in Peshawar, Pakistan

Terrorism hotspots continue to grow in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. By Kedar Pavgi

A new study tracking worldwide terrorism attacks has found that last year more than half occurred in just three countries: Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. But the survey also notably illustrates the shift of terrorism out of the war zones of the last decade, reporting a significant increase in attacks by dispersed al-Qaeda affiliated groups, but none linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership.

Those top three countries were hit by 54 percent of the attacks, and suffered 58 percent of the fatalities in 2012, according to a report released Thursday by the University of Maryland-based National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, or START. The group found terrorist organizations responsible for the greatest number of attacks included the Taliban, al-Qaeda affiliates in the Arabian Peninsula and Iraq, and Tehrik-e-Taliban. The finding comes as recent reports indicate Al-Qaeda’s core may be coalescing around a new leader.

“While terrorist attacks have in large part moved away from Western Europe and North America to Asia, the Middle East and Africa, worldwide terrorism is reaching new levels of destructiveness,” Gary LaFree, the director of START said in a statement. The next five countries most hit by terrorist attacks are India, Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and Thailand. Previous highs for terrorist attacks and fatalities were last set in 2011 and 2007, respectively.

A full map and distribution of last year’s terrorist attacks can be seen below:

(Map courtesy of START GTD)

Close [ x ] More from DefenseOne

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

  • Top 5 Findings: Security of Internet of Things To Be Mission-Critical

    As federal agencies increasingly leverage these capabilities, government security stakeholders now must manage and secure a growing number of devices, including those being used remotely at the “edge” of networks in a variety of locations. With such security concerns in mind, Government Business Council undertook an indepth research study of federal government leaders in January 2017. Here are five of the key takeaways below which, taken together, paint a portrait of a government that is increasingly cognizant and concerned for the future security of IoT.

  • Coordinating Incident Response on Posts, Camps and Stations

    Effective incident response on posts, camps, and stations is an increasingly complex challenge. An effective response calls for seamless conversations between multiple stakeholders on the base and beyond its borders with civilian law enforcement and emergency services personnel. This whitepaper discusses what a modern dispatch solution looks like -- one that brings together diverse channels and media, simplifies the dispatch environment and addresses technical integration challenges to ensure next generation safety and response on Department of Defense posts, camps and stations.

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.