An alarming new study shows the global terrorism and insurgencies have increased 150%, including a high rate of increase in the Middle East and North Africa. Experts contribute this to instability in the Middle East region brought about with the Arab Spring, which has given terrorism a “contagion” effect as it spreads across the region.
The number of terrorist and insurgency attacks worldwide has increased by more than 150 percent since 2009, driven in large part by suicide attacks in Iraq and an ongoing civil war in Syria.
Riding on a wave of violence, notably across a large swathe of the Middle East that began with the so-called Arab Spring in December 2010, terrorism and insurgents have witnessed a sharp increase in the last five years.
“In 2009, a worldwide total of 7,217 attacks were recorded from open sources. In 2013, that number increased by more than 150 percent to 18,524,” said Matthew Henman, manager of IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC), the organizers of the study.
The highest rate of violence last year was reported in the Middle East, with major “pockets of violence” moving like a contagion to parts of Africa and South Asia.
This movement led to a dramatic rise in the number of militant and non-militant casualties.