UNITED STATES—Global terror attacks are rising according to the U.S. State Department. Both attacks and fatalities have increased considerably thanks in part to the terrorist groups known as The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Boko Haram.
In 2013, there were approximately 10,000 global terrorist attacks that resulted in 18,000 deaths. The number of attacks in 2014 jumped to 13,500 while the number of deaths rose nearly 45 percent to 33,000. Abductions nearly tripled going from 3,137 in 2013 to 9,428 in 2014. One reason for the jump in the number of fatalities was due to the frequency of mass casualty attacks that occurred in 2014. In 2013, there were only two terror attacks that resulted in the deaths of 100 or more people. That number skyrocketed 1000 percent in the next year, when 20 separate terror attacks each resulted in at least 100 deaths.
The report sites two primary culprits for the sharp increase in terror attacks and fatalities: ISIL who largely operates out of Iraq and Syria and Boko Haram who commits the majority of their attacks in Nigeria where they primarily reside. These two groups have recently surpassed Al-Qaeda as the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations. ISIL in particular is gaining notoriety world wide. According to the State Department’s report, over 16,000 people have recently joined the organization, the majority being people from the Middle East, but a significant number of Russians have also taken up arms alongside ISIL.
One reason ISIL is attracting help from all around the world is their presence on social media. The terrorist organization maintains a consistent presence in social media that is largely accessible across the globe.
Terrorist attacks took place across a large majority of the world. A total of 95 countries experienced at least one terrorist attack in 2014. The majority of attacks took place in locations where ISIL and Boko Haram had a large presence including the Middle East, South Asia, and west Africa. In the Middle Easst, ISIL has seized tremendous amounts of territory that has furthered the unrest in the region.
The State Department’s report claims that despite the sharp increase in terrorist attacks and fatalities that progress is being made to stop these relatively new terrorist organizations.