Global Terrorism Analysis ( 1970-2016 )

The purpose of this paper is to inform. The biggest terrorist act of all time will be global thermo nuclear war. The reality is that this threat is controlled by a select few, who might not be as ethical or mentally fit as they praise or portray themselves to be. Currently, M.A.D. or mutually assured destruction is perhaps the best deterrent to all out nuclear war.

Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock is a symbol which represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe. Maintained since 1947 by the members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board, the Clock represents an analogy for the threat of global nuclear war if it were to reach midnight. The current time on the doomsday clock is 11:57:30 or two and a half minutes to midnight. Midnight, being the end / doomsday. The biggest threat to our planet and humanity, is undoubtedly people. All terrorist events include people in one way or another. This report is intended to identify and illustrate the urgency we should have to eradicate all forms of doomsday scenarios.


In the last ten years since 2006 there have been a total of 91,101 acts of reported terrorism worldwide. In retrospect, this accounts to more terrorism acts in the last ten years than in the previous 35 years combined ( 1970-2005 ), which accounted to around 79,996 terrorist acts. In short, there is more terrorism now than before.

* 1993 Incomplete Dataset ( only about 15% of all cases ) = Should be about 5,727; missing around 4,980 records.

				
1970-2016 Terrorist Events by Region

The four regions with the highest level of terrorism ( in order ) are the Middle East, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia. These regions might be experiencing political, religious, social changes, or any combination there of. If left unchecked, what ends up occurring, is the formation of a terrorist state. These states end up being cruel, unjust, inhumane, and barbaric places where knowledge, freedom, and free will are distant memories.

1970-2016 Total Terrorist Events ( Top Countries )

As of 1970, this is the list of the top 20 countries with the highest terror activities in order of terrorist events. A spiral staircase of destruction and misery for most of the cases. It is no surprise that the top country would be Iraq, since it is and has been a war torn zone for the last few decades.


1970-2016 Most Commong Terror Event Type

The most common type of terrorist attacks in the last 45+ years globally is bombing. Using crude and rudimentary devices, terrorists have exploited this niche to cause the most harm possible to people. As a result, there are more maiming, property damage, and social scarring. Fear is what terrorist want to instill in the population. From fear, comes obedience, which in turn forms blind followers who end up doing anything asked of them without question of the morality, ethical, or consequences of such acts.

A list of attack tactics used by terrorists include:

1970-2016 Top 10 Most Targeted Nationalities

The top 10 nationalities that have suffered the consequences of terrorist attacks in the last 45+ years. Every nationality on the planet has suffered a loss to terrorism at one time or another. Terrorism is not defined as a war between two sides but; the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political / social aims.

Some other countries on the list and the number of victims of terrorism over the last few decades include:

  • Israel ( 3,997 )
  • Thailand ( 3,624 )
  • Northern Ireland ( 3,354 )
  • Nigeria ( 3,272 )
  • Spain ( 3,107 )
  • Yemen ( 2,909 )
  • France ( 2,880 )
  • Sri Lanka ( 2,818 )
  • Algeria ( 2,660 )
  • Somalia ( 2,637 )
  • International ( 2,429 )
  • Russia ( 2,290 )
  • Egypt ( 2,246 )
  • Chile ( 2,237 )
  • Great Britain ( 2,160 )
  • South Africa ( 2,058 )
  • Nicaragua ( 1,964 )
  • Syria ( 1,954 )
  • Libya ( 1,952 )
  • Guatemala ( 1,894 )
  • Ukraine ( 1,605 )
  • Bangladesh ( 1,593 )
  • Italy ( 1,469 )
  • Lebanon ( 1,399 )
  • Nepal ( 950 )
  • Greece ( 919 )
  • Germany ( 910 )
  • West Bank and Gaza Strip ( 903 )
  • Iran ( 817 )
  • Sudan ( 752 )
  • Indonesia ( 697 )
  • Argentina ( 641 )
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo ( 569 )
  • Burundi ( 556 )
  • Kenya ( 554 )
  • Mexico ( 463 )
  • Japan ( 462 )
  • Myanmar ( 441 )
  • Angola ( 424 )
  • China ( 375 )
  • Saudi Arabia ( 360 )
  • Uganda ( 354 )
  • Ireland ( 341 )
  • Multinational ( 329 )
  • Mozambique ( 310 )
The Regions / Provinces with the highest number of terrorist events since 1970
RankTerror ActsCountryRegion
17238IraqBaghdad
24484United KingdomNorthern Ireland
33377PakistanBalochistan
43147PakistanSindh
53103IraqSaladin
62967PakistanKhyber Pakhtunkhwa
72911IraqAl Anbar
82680IraqDiyala
92613PeruLima
102537IraqNineveh
112222PakistanFederally Administered Tribal Areas
122197IndiaJammu and Kashmir
131886ColombiaAntioquia


The Cities / Towns with the highest number of terrorist events since 1970
RankTerror ActsCountryRegionCity
17207IraqBaghdadBaghdad
22619PakistanSindhKarachi
32397PeruLimaLima
42176United KingdomNorthern IrelandBelfast
51775IraqNinevehMosul
61632ChileSantiago MetropolitanSantiago
71552El SalvadorEl SalvadorSan Salvador
81370SomaliaBanaadirMogadishu
91041TurkeyIstanbulIstanbul
10997ColombiaBogotaBogota
11989GreeceAtticaAthens
12924LebanonBeirutBeirut
13887IraqAt TamimKirkuk
1970-2016 Historical Terrorist Organizations & Acts

A who is who historical list of documented terrorist activities committed by groups, organizations, and/or nationalities. Some groups have long disbanded, others have formed parties and now belong to the democracies of the world. Many of these terrorist groups were formed under dictatorial / oppressed regimes - where a democratic choice was unavailable. Having said that, terror is not the solution for change. In Europe, two terrorist organizations that have disbanded and are now in the political stage would be the Ireland ( IRA ), and Spain's ( ETA ). They have left terror behind, and embraced democracy - which makes them subject to the will of the people.

Other groups who have committed atrocities / terrorist acts in the name of their beliefs ( Political, Social, Religious ) include:

  • Palestinians ( 1,124 )
  • Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) ( 975 )
  • Nicaraguan Democratic Force (FDN) ( 895 )
  • Houthi extremists (Ansar Allah) ( 893 )
  • Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front (FPMR) ( 836 )
  • Sikh Extremists ( 714 )
  • Corsican National Liberation Front (FLNC) ( 642 )
  • Al-Qaida in Iraq ( 636 )
  • Donetsk People's Republic ( 614 )
  • African National Congress (South Africa) ( 608 )
  • Separatists ( 571 )
  • Muslim extremists ( 561 )
  • Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) ( 559 )
  • M-19 (Movement of April 19) ( 555 )
  • Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) ( 473 )
  • National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) ( 434 )
  • People's Liberation Front (JVP) ( 433 )
  • Fulani extremists ( 433 )
  • Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) ( 427 )
  • Hezbollah ( 420 )
  • Palestinian Extremists ( 389 )
  • Algerian Islamic Extremists ( 373 )
  • Narco-Terrorists ( 368 )
  • Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ( 363 )
  • United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) ( 338 )
  • Protestant extremists ( 334 )
  • Chechen Rebels ( 329 )
  • Tripoli Province of the Islamic State ( 327 )
  • Death Squad ( 326 )
  • Sinai Province of the Islamic State ( 323 )
  • Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) ( 320 )
  • Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR) (Chile) ( 310 )
  • Mozambique National Resistance Movement (MNR) ( 309 )
  • Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) ( 304 )
  • Baloch Republican Army (BRA) ( 298 )
  • Muslim Militants ( 294 )
  • Al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya (IG) ( 277 )
  • Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) ( 274 )
  • Al-Nusrah Front ( 272 )
  • Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) ( 271 )
  • Popular Liberation Army (EPL) ( 260 )
  • Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) ( 260 )
  • Dev Sol ( 252 )
  • Neo-Nazi extremists ( 244 )
  • Armed Islamic Group (GIA) ( 241 )
  • Nicaraguan Resistance ( 231 )
  • Red Brigades ( 218 )
  • Tamils ( 217 )
  • First of October Antifascist Resistance Group (GRAPO) ( 215 )
  • Anti-Abortion extremists ( 215 )
  • Salafist Group for Preaching and Fighting (GSPC) ( 214 )
  • Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) ( 209 )
  • Luhansk People's Republic ( 207 )
  • Simon Bolivar Guerrilla Coordinating Board (CGSB) ( 206 )
  • Janjaweed ( 202 )
  • Islamist extremists ( 199 )
  • Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) ( 197 )

The list is incomplete, as there are more than 3400 organization, group, and/or nationalities who have committed at one time or another a defined terrorist activity.

1970-2016 Common Terrorist Targets

The top list of usually targeted victims of terrorist activities is hard to break down in a way that would make sense, as normally terrorism is a senseless act without long term goals / views. Private citizens normally suffer the brunt force of these organizations, and in an attempt to validate their terror, they also go after military, police, business, and government organizations.

The disruption of normal activities, is part of the terrorists playbook. Other common targets by terrorists include the following:

  • Transportation ( 6,688 )
  • Utilities ( 5,853 )
  • Unknown ( 4,882 )
  • Religious Figures/Institutions ( 4,216 )
  • Educational Institution ( 4,168 )
  • Government (Diplomatic) ( 3,464 )
  • Terrorists/Non-State Militia ( 2,859 )
  • Journalists & Media ( 2,812 )
  • Violent Political Party ( 1,726 )
  • Airports & Aircraft ( 1,357 )
  • Telecommunication ( 982 )
  • NGO ( 920 )
  • Other ( 656 )
  • Tourists ( 449 )
  • Maritime ( 339 )
  • Food or Water Supply ( 305 )
  • Abortion Related ( 279 )

A further breakdown of targets that terrorists have attacked in the past 45+ years:
Target ( # Recorded Acts )

  • Unnamed Civilian/Unspecified ( 10,842 )
  • Police Security Forces/Officers ( 10,625 )
  • Unknown ( 10,092 )
  • Military Unit/Patrol/Convoy ( 7,881 )
  • Military Personnel (soldiers, troops, officers, forces) ( 7,184 )
  • Government Personnel (excluding police, military) ( 6,288 )
  • Politician or Political Party Movement/Meeting/Rally ( 6,036 )
  • Village/City/Town/Suburb ( 5,999 )
  • Police Building (headquarters, station, school) ( 5,461 )
  • Police Patrol (including vehicles and convoys) ( 4,762 )
  • Government Building/Facility/Office ( 4,659 )
  • Military Barracks/Base/Headquarters/Checkpost ( 4,629 )
  • Electricity ( 4,075 )
  • Retail/Grocery/Bakery ( 4,045 )
  • Bank/Commerce ( 3,202 )
  • School/University/Educational Building ( 2,888 )
  • House/Apartment/Residence ( 2,852 )
  • Bus (excluding tourists) ( 2,771 )
  • Vehicles/Transportation ( 2,723 )
  • Marketplace/Plaza/Square ( 2,613 )
  • Laborer (General)/Occupation Identified ( 2,592 )
  • Place of Worship ( 2,482 )
  • Named Civilian ( 2,332 )
  • Train/Train Tracks/Trolley ( 2,157 )
  • Religion Identified ( 2,117 )
  • Non-State Militia ( 1,874 )
  • Military Transportation/Vehicle (excluding convoys) ( 1,813 )
  • Political Party Member/Rally ( 1,798 )
  • Race/Ethnicity Identified ( 1,671 )
  • Military Checkpoint ( 1,655 )
  • Police Checkpoint ( 1,630 )
  • Embassy/Consulate ( 1,550 )
  • Restaurant/Bar/CafĂ© ( 1,451 )
  • Newspaper Journalist/Staff/Facility ( 1,445 )
  • Public Area (garden, parking lot, garage, beach, public building, camp) ( 1,351 )
  • Industrial/Textiles/Factory ( 1,299 )
  • Judge/Attorney/Court ( 1,289 )
  • Party Official/Candidate/Other Personnel ( 1,286 )
  • Religious Figure ( 1,203 )
  • Oil ( 1,146 )
  • Multinational Corporation ( 1,035 )
  • Hotel/Resort ( 997 )
  • Construction ( 976 )
  • NATO ( 959 )
  • Gas/Oil ( 928 )
  • Diplomatic Personnel (outside of embassy, consulate) ( 927 )
  • Entertainment/Cultural/Stadium/Casino ( 911 )
  • Terrorist ( 883 )
  • Election-related ( 880 )
  • International Organization (peacekeeper, aid agency, compound) ( 879 )
  • Farm/Ranch ( 850 )
  • Labor Union Related ( 780 )
  • Teacher/Professor/Instructor ( 776 )
  • Paramilitary ( 685 )
  • Radio Journalist/Staff/Facility ( 680 )
  • Medical/Pharmaceutical ( 673 )
  • Bridge/Car Tunnel ( 653 )
  • Intelligence ( 645 )
  • Telephone/Telegraph ( 588 )
  • Gas ( 563 )
  • International NGO ( 551 )
  • Bus Station/Stop ( 528 )
  • Airport ( 505 )
  • Refugee Camp ( 491 )
  • Procession/Gathering (funeral, wedding, birthday, religious) ( 486 )
  • Other Personnel ( 446 )
  • Aircraft (not at an airport) ( 416 )
  • Television Journalist/Staff/Facility ( 415 )
  • Head of State ( 410 )
  • Airline Officer/Personnel ( 398 )
  • Mining ( 392 )
  • Prison/Jail ( 350 )
  • Farmer ( 345 )
  • Affiliated Institution ( 342 )
  • Party Office/Facility ( 327 )
  • Restaurant/Bar/Cafe ( 317 )
  • Protester ( 299 )
  • Domestic NGO ( 280 )
  • Student ( 269 )
  • Military Recruiting Station/Academy ( 251 )
  • Memorial/Cemetery/Monument ( 249 )
  • Clinics ( 244 )
  • Highway/Road/Toll/Traffic Signal ( 242 )
  • Tourist ( 240 )
  • Water Supply ( 232 )
  • Military Aircraft ( 184 )
  • Museum/Cultural Center/Cultural House ( 150 )
  • Commercial Maritime ( 143 )
  • Private Security Company/Firm ( 140 )
  • Subway ( 139 )
  • Radio ( 118 )
  • Taxi/Rickshaw ( 110 )
  • Other (including online news agencies) ( 105 )
  • Rally ( 102 )
  • Civilian Maritime ( 96 )
  • Tour Bus/Van ( 90 )
  • Television ( 76 )
  • Food Supply ( 72 )
  • Port ( 61 )
  • Other Facility ( 60 )
  • Military Maritime ( 58 )
  • Ambulance ( 47 )
  • Tourism Travel Agency ( 38 )
  • Demilitarized Zone (including Green Zone) ( 38 )
  • Non-combatant Personnel ( 33 )
  • Multiple Telecommunication Targets ( 31 )
  • Military Weaponry ( 31 )
  • Royalty ( 31 )
  • Oil Tanker ( 28 )
  • Fire Fighter/Truck ( 26 )
  • Personnel ( 19 )
  • Internet Infrastructure ( 10 )
Carnage of Terrorism from 1970-2016

An aggregate list of number of people killed and in which country from 1970-2016. In essence the backyard for terrorist activities. Although this can quickly expand to other surrounding countries, or become a global issue. To die as a tourist in a foreign country that has nothing to do with the terrorist organization is the crazy behind the madness - of terrorism.

As a human species, we struggle to survive any obstacle thrown at us. This is not different after a terrorist attack. These people are left to dwell in the nightmare of terrorism. The pain suffered by friends and family who have lost their loved ones to terrorism, and those that survive maimed ( physically and psychologically ) and are forced to adapt to their new state. The cruelty of terrorism exposed in two fold - killed and wounded.

The Database of Terror

The list and details of recorded terrorist activities around the globe 1970-2016 used in this report.

A mad world and apparently becoming more insane as time passes. In the last 2 decades their has been a massive surge in terrorism whether it be state sponsored, radical organizations, or just crazy individuals - the inevitable truth is the system is failing. If we were to grade based on past performance alone - we would receive an "F" --- for failure. To put it bluntly we seem to be leaning towards "self destruction". Forget about the other usual suspects that could wipe us out like an ELA ( Extinction Level Event ), famine, virus, world war, mother nature, and others; we seem to be doing just fine on our own. Within the next hundred or two hundred years, weapons of mass destruction will probably be in the arsenal of any one of these terrorist organizations, and do you want to gamble on the chance they will not be crazy enough to use them? That would be mad, and one step closer to a doomsday event.

DATE REGION COUNTRY EVENT MAP INFO


In conclusion, this database is highly likely to be incomplete for many reasons. Even so, if offers a glimpse of the madness that is terrorism and those people behind it. Death, destruction, and wasted resources a recipe for disaster. The database used for this document is included in the table above. It can be downloaded from Global Terrorism Database on Kaggle.

Sources / Aknowledgements:

  • 66,785 Records From START
  • 63,749 Records From PGIS
  • 17,210 Records From ISVG
  • 16,885 Records From CETIS
  • 1,588 Records From CAIN
  • 1,166 Records From UMD Schmid 2012
  • 1,014 Records From Hewitt Project
  • 848 Records From UMD Algeria 2010-2012
  • 449 Records From UMD South Africa
  • 405 Records From UMD Sri Lanka 2011
  • 201 Records From Anti-Abortion Project 2010
  • 151 Records From Eco Project 2010
  • 119 Records From UMD Miscellaneous
  • 104 Records From UMD JTMM Nepal 2012
  • 97 Records From HSI
  • 71 Records From Hyland
  • 54 Records From Hijacking DB
  • 48 Records From UMD Encyclopedia of World Terrorism 2012
  • 47 Records From CBRN Global Chronology
  • 40 Records From Armenian Website
  • 27 Records From State Department 1997 Document
  • 18 Records From UMD Assassinations Project
  • 7 Records From UMD Black Widows 2011
  • 6 Records From Leuprecht Canadian Data
  • 5 Records From Disorders and Terrorism Chronology
  • 3 Records From Sageman

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