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Global Terrorism Index

Name the countries that have been most affected by terrorism over a ten-year span, according to the 2018 Global Terrorism Index.
Measures per-capita incidents, fatalities, injuries, and property damage
Quiz by Lucasaar
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First submittedJune 16, 2014
Last updatedDecember 10, 2018
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Score
Country
9.746
Iraq
9.391
Afghanistan
8.660
Nigeria
8.315
Syria
8.181
Pakistan
8.020
Somalia
7.568
India
7.534
Yemen
7.345
Egypt
7.181
Philippines
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Country
7.055
D. R. Congo
7.036
Turkey
6.987
Libya
6.756
South Sudan
6.719
Central African Republic
6.615
Cameroon
6.252
Thailand
6.178
Sudan
6.114
Kenya
6.006
United States
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level ∞
Oct 21, 2014
Norway is likely on this list because of one incident in 2011:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Norway_attacks
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level 73
Oct 22, 2014
I wonder where the USA would land if that list got expanded to a 15 year span because of one incident.
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level ∞
Oct 22, 2014
Maybe. I just did the math, and that shooting in Norway had significantly more per-capital fatalities than 9/11.
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level 21
Dec 4, 2014
But since it's assessed on the basis of more than per-capita fatalities, that's only one consideration.
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level ∞
Dec 7, 2018
2018 update. The U.S. appears on the list mostly because of the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. Since the most recent year is weighted most heavily, the U.S. will likely fall off the list next year.
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level 58
Apr 28, 2019
Kind of a late response, but I don't think the Las Vegas shooting in 2017 was a terrorist act, right? We never learned the shooter's motive so it can't really be classified as "terrorism." Nothing against you Quizmaster, just a slight disagreement with your source, and I mean slight.
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level 81
Nov 5, 2014
Ah yes Utøya. I was wondering what Norway was doing on the list. I wonder if that really was terrorism? Thought terrorism was more organised and not just one man going crazy? I am sure though that it made no difference to the victims.
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level 55
Nov 5, 2014
Well, terrorism is the use of terror (violent acts) for political, religious or ideological goals. So, even if he was alone, he had a purpose for doing the massacre.
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level 76
Nov 5, 2014
The incident in Norway was pretty textbook terrorism. Breivik wasn't crazy. Not any moreso than any other terrorist, anyway. He had very clear goals, and was clear in his intent to use violence targeted at innocent civilians to try and affect public opinion. He warned of similar future attacks if Norway didn't change its immigration policies and attitude toward multiculturalism. This is pretty definitely terrorism. Some definitions of terrorism require that it be directed by a larger organization or conspiracy but I don't think those are in the majority.
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level 76
Dec 5, 2014
With a few notable exceptions (Madrid bombings being one that springs to mind), terrorism almost always fails. It's a horrible and extremely inefficient, often counterproductive tactic. Guerilla warfare can work but terrorism is just a pointless, futile waste. Refuge of the truly desperate and/or ignorant.
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level 59
Feb 1, 2017
Guerilla warfare and terrorism are often used by different sides describing the same thing. Irish Nationalists were able to win a power sharing government. The Provisional IRA and INLA always said they were fighting a guerilla war. The British government and unionist always said they were terrorists. I would say they were guerillas who sometimes used the tactic of terrorism. They weren't like other terrorists. They phoned in warnings to prevent civilian casualties and generally only targeted military, political, or economic targets. The goal of bombing public places was disruption not killing. Terrorism can work but the slaughter of innocent people won't further a cause. Property damage is far more likely to result in a favorable outcome than high body count.
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level 76
Feb 7, 2017
trips it makes all the difference in the world how they go about doing it. If they warn people in advance and really don't want common civilians fearing for their lives, then, you're right it's not terrorism. I don't know enough about it really to comment intelligently but I was under the impression that the IRA did things like bomb pubs and such. That would probably be terrorism. If they are only targeting military outposts or infrastructure necessary to what they saw as the occupation of their land then it's not terrorism. Terrorists have no realistic hope of being able to win a strategic fight so they turn to... well... terrorism. It's easier scaring regular people than it is defeating a well equipped and well organized military.
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level 67
Dec 8, 2018
If you condone the killing of Law Officers and Military personnel as not terrorist then the Police and Fire Service people killed in 9/11 were not killed by terrorists but by guerrilla warfare....... I don't think so.
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level 76
Jan 26, 2019
Malbaby why do you even bother responding to me? You can never even follow what I'm saying. That's just not even close. I count four fallacies in your post and it's only a single sentence.
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level 46
Dec 8, 2014
I got 9 out of 20 fun quiz norway took me by surprise i didnt think anders brevik caused as much harm as he did the score of norway before that would have been 0.00 no doubt?
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level 45
Mar 30, 2016
If the US counted every mass shooting as terrorism (as they should), it'd probably be right near the top of this list.
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level 69
Jun 12, 2016
Especially considering today's most recent event...
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level 65
Dec 9, 2018
Weird that the Vegas shooting should be listed as a terrorist act. As far as I know, the shooter had no real political aim or social motivation. I know that U.S. law enforcement has loosely redefined terrorism to include a host of other violent acts--mostly in a scrabble for some of those anti-terrorism Federal dollars--but the dictionary definition has not changed significantly. Simply killing a bunch of people really should not be considered terrorism.
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level 71
Dec 10, 2018
But when you kill a bunch of people in a gay bar specifically because it's a gay bar, I'd say that meets the definition. People are still quite jumpy in gay nightclubs if there is any sort of loud, sudden gunshot-ish noise.
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level 60
Jan 27, 2019
The gay bar shooting was in Miami. The Vegas incident to which JWC is referring was the one where the shooter killed a bunch of people attending a country music festival by shooting them from his hotel window. One could certainly be forgiven for getting the mass shooting mixed up though, because they happen so often.
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level 66
Feb 2, 2019
True. It's also remarkable that the Vegas shooting made the US rate higher than France, for example - where on top of the jihadist terrorism also the Germanwings crash happened, arguably a mass killing with much more fatalities than the Vegas shooting. How can they stay below the US in a per capita comparison?
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level 54
Jun 29, 2019
it was not in Miami, it was in Orlando
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level 31
Dec 4, 2014
Kudos to anyone who guessed Norway first time around!
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level 29
Dec 4, 2014
I'm surprised countries like Egypt and Ukraine aren't there...they've had to deal with a lot of terrorist-like issues over the past 10 years.
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level 36
Dec 5, 2014
I thought both would be on the list too.
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level 64
Dec 5, 2014
Civil War/Arab Spring =/= Terrorism Syria would likely not be on this list had ISIS and Hamas not been involved in activities in Syria. Their Civil War, while terrible and violent, is not terrorism.
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level 76
Dec 5, 2014
Really most of what ISIS does is not terrorism, either. Terrible, terrifying, maybe... but as long as they have actual military goals and objectives like holding territory and creating their own sovereign state, then what they're doing isn't terrorism.
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level 76
Jan 28, 2017
They both make the cut now.
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level 32
Dec 4, 2014
I swear, China has more terrorism than Norway...
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level 76
Dec 5, 2014
Not per capita.
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level 76
Jan 28, 2017
Except now they do.
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level 75
Dec 7, 2018
Now you see them, now you don't.
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level 53
Dec 5, 2014
Surprised that Libya, Mali, chad, Niger and Egypt aren't on here.
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level 79
Jan 28, 2017
Libya, Niger, and Egypt are now on here.
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level 79
Jan 26, 2019
Now Niger has been replaced with Nigeria
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level 53
Dec 6, 2014
dunkinggandalf, he did fail for now but not so much in the long run. There are so many third world immigrants in Europe right now that that many countris in the European continent are very close to electing parties into power that are anti immigration (France, Netherlands and Switzerland just to name a few). Multiculturalism won't last in Europe partly because Europeans have had their own cultures for thousands of years and also partly because they're not just going to allow Europe to become a majority Muslim continent especially with the issue of Isis. They're gonna reach a breaking point eventually.
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level 76
Dec 7, 2014
That's all pure speculation but assuming you're right and Europe cuts off immigration from Muslim countries, how much of that decision do you think will have been based on Anders going to a camping site and shooting a bunch of kids?
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level 76
Jun 23, 2016
I think if anything his actions probably played in to the hands of Muslim apologists and sympathizers, by, for once, shoring up the popular leftists narrative of: "hey! terrorism knows no religion or race! White Christians can be terrorists just as easily as brown Muslims." Before Anders it was pretty hard to find notable examples of this. You'd have to dig back to The Troubles or Tim McVeigh or that cult in Japan with the Sarin gas. But then Breivik came along and now there's a horrifying, recent example that everyone remembers and it gives credence to this narrative that there is nothing especially dangerous about Muslims.
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level 35
Dec 27, 2014
I would dispute about the DRC - it is actually no terrorism there, but a regular civil war which may be called a genocide. Also I'm surprised about not including Libya in the list.
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level 55
Dec 28, 2014
There are internal tensions between parts of the population but also terrorists threats from groups related to the Somali shebabs.
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level 43
Sep 18, 2015
Wow! the Middle East TOP 5.
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level 37
Mar 5, 2016
well, not really! only Yemen and Iraq are middle eastern the other 3 are not
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level 43
Jul 31, 2016
surprised Libya isn't on this list !
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level 59
Oct 6, 2016
I tried the ENTIRE Indochina/Asian Pacific islands region. By that, I mean every single country in SE Asia. The only two I skipped were Thailand and the Philippines because I thought "there definitely isn't enough war or terrorism in those two countries for them to make it onto this list". Welp. At least I got Sri Lanka.
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level 39
Oct 21, 2016
Libya should be added
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level 62
Oct 28, 2016
This list is outdated. Libya is on the list and Russia is out of the top 20, among other changes.
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level ∞
Dec 6, 2016
Updated!
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level 51
Dec 9, 2016
I would never have guessed Cameroon. Oh boy.
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level 48
Jan 28, 2017
Yes, Guessed it with a bit of luck. Lots of central African countries on there.
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level 27
Jan 23, 2017
That's so rude!!! And horrible!!! And discrimminative!!!!
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level 67
Jan 28, 2017
But unfortunately ...... true.
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level 65
Jun 21, 2019
why? Because this quiz hurt your fragile little heart?
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level 58
Jan 28, 2017
shame they don't include mass shootings as terrorism (I can see why they don't) because we all know who would be right near the top then. the country that is restricting muslims entry but doing nothing about their out of control gun laws and what it leads to. Very odd state of affairs.
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level 76
May 9, 2019
It's a shame that people don't care about word creep. If terrorism was expanded to mean everything that people try to make it mean then in the future the word is going to not have any meaning at all.

But apparently the stats do include mass shootings.
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level 49
Jan 28, 2017
thank you DT for your executive orders. It really helped me =)
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level 51
Jan 28, 2017
19/20. Missed Cameroon.
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level 44
Jan 29, 2017
Saudi arabia isn't on here. They are the number one state sponsor of terrorism. If you can't find proof its because the United States government is in business with the corrupt saudis that's why they don't say they are state sponsors, but every American knows they are.
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level 76
Jan 29, 2017
I'm an American. This is actually bullshit. Saudi Arabia (and by Saudi Arabia I mean the government a.k.a. the AlSaud family) is steadfastly opposed to terrorism, jihadism, and Islamism. It is by far the single greatest threat to their own prosperity and grip on power. It also is bad for business and the AlSauds are happy to be open for business with the West. They only draw the line at dealing with Israel and even then, not as firmly as many other Muslim countries. Those who believe they sponsor terrorists are naive or confused. What *does* happen is that a lot of Saudi money gets funneled into mosques, and Saudi-style Salafist mosques are often very conservative and fundamentalist and there is a very short line you can draw from fundamentalist Islam and Islamic terrorism. The KSA funds mosques all over the world and these mosques often end up radicalizing Muslims all over the place, even though they are instructed by the government not to. It's a side effect, not the intention.
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level 76
Jan 29, 2017
Usama bin Laden was Saudi, but he had his citizenship revoked after he turned to a life of terrorism. He had to live in exile. Many of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis, both because bin Laden had many contacts in Saudi Arabia and could recruit there, and also because it was part of the plan: UBL was intentionally trying to sour the positive relationship between the AlSaud family and the United States, and get Americans to start thinking of Saudi Arabia as an enemy. That's the main reason he chose Saudi hijackers. He could have gotten Palestinians or Syrians to do it just as easily. But so much of the US response to 9/11 has been exactly what bin Laden anticipated and we've done much to play into his hands.

He probably didn't plan on getting capped in Abbottabad but, there are always bumps in the road.
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level 54
Jan 31, 2017
This measures countries affected by terrorism, not countries from which it is perpetrated. Even if what you say is true, the countries affected by those terrorists are Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and so on, not Saudi Arabia itself.
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level 76
Aug 26, 2017
There was a spike recently, mostly in the eastern provinces where there are many shia Muslims. Sunni ISIS was trying to provoke a sectarian conflict.
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level 71
Jan 30, 2017
Whenever Muslims make up a significant amount of the population, there is always some sort of conflict.
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level 76
Jan 31, 2017
also not true. :-/ come on guys... can we make even one factual but politically incorrect statement without immediately speeding toward overreaching generalization?
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level 60
May 15, 2018
U.A.E, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Indonesia, and Malaysia are all Majority Muslim Countries and personally I would feel happy and pretty safe visiting them. Also consider that Ukraine and Ireland are two countries that have issues with terrorism, but are not Muslim. You just have to consider that Islam is most prominent in Africa and the Middle East. These are regions that were heavily colonized by Europeans. Before colonization, these were some of the greatest societies in the world. Not saying that it's all because of European Colonization, but that was a factor.
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level 76
Jul 11, 2018
It's not a factor at all. Europeans colonized the entire world. Except, actually, for Ethiopia and Thailand which both make this list.
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level 45
May 9, 2019
The list is a mix of all kind of countries. But yeah, Muslim countries make up the majority here, but that doesn't mean the religion is bad. Corrupted government, bad infrastructure, poverty, etc all have a say in it. Muslim majority countries like Albania, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Senegal are very safe to visit. Muslim: Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Turkey, Somalia, Sudan. Muslim/Christian: Nigeria. Christian: United States, South Sudan, Congo-Kinshasa, Kenya, Philippines, Central African Republic, Cameroon. Hindu: India. Buddhist: Thailand.
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level 44
May 14, 2017
how is Israel not on this list, they have incidents daily
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level 76
Nov 4, 2017
During the Intifada they did. Since they built the separation wall this is no longer true. The number of casualties from terrorism in Israel since 2010 has been tiny. I'm not sure what the date range is for the quiz as the link to the source appears to have expired.
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level 76
Nov 4, 2017
If it's from 2006-2016 then this would be after the first section of the wall was completed and incidents had already dropped dramatically from pre-2003 levels.
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level 72
Dec 8, 2018
No Zimbabwe? Must be a pretty narrow definition of "terrorism" if Mugabe's goons aren't counted. (Now he's been removed I'm sure his successor is just as bad)
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level 65
Dec 10, 2018
Kind of a nitpick, but Pakistan and Somalia should be flip-flopped, the scores aren't in descending order.
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level 66
Feb 1, 2019
@jmellor13 the gay bar shooting was in Orlando
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level 52
Apr 4, 2019
So because it’s a quiz to do with terrorism, the thumbnail has to be an Arab/Muslim country flag!!!
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level 46
Apr 28, 2019
There's usually a flag from the quiz on the thumbnail, and if there's majority of muslim countries, of course there will be one of them on the thumbnail...
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level 76
May 9, 2019
It's the flag of the country that is #1 on the list.
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level 54
Jun 29, 2019
i would have thought Colombia would appear on the list. the paramilitary groups are definitely terrorists and they kill almost daily. checking the source it appears Colombia is 27th on the list
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level 76
Jul 2, 2019
Did Quizmaster delete the quiz about countries that had suffered the most casualties from Islamic terrorist attacks? Can't find it.