Experts evaluate terror threat in Azerbaijan by 0.87 points on a 10-point scale

Experts evaluate terror threat in Azerbaijan by 0.87 points on a 10-point scale
# 20 December 2012 09:34 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. The Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) has released the Global Terrorism Index (GTI). The index ranks and compares 158 countries over a 10-year period to shed light on the impact of terrorism and Azerbaijan is in the 81st place in Global Terrorism Index. Experts evaluated the terror threat in Azerbaijan by 0.87 points on a 10-point scale. The studies note that over the past 10 years, no terrorist act was committed in Azerbaijan. For some reason, the experts did not assess the incident, which occurred in Azerbaijan State Oil Academy on April 30, 2009 and a lot of people were killed, as terrorist act.

The GTI analyses many other factors and has found intergroup cohesion, human rights, group grievances, corruption and governance to be associated with terrorism. In the decade since 9/11, fatalities from terrorist attacks have increased by 195%, incidents by 460% and injuries by 224%. Interestingly, the seven countries that have suffered the most fatalities due to terrorism since 9/11 account for nearly three quarters of deaths in this period, with Iraqis suffering the most. Surprisingly, low-income countries are less affected by terrorism than lower middle-income countries, indicating that poverty is not necessarily a main cause of terrorism. Private citizens and property are the most common targets of terrorism while the military is targeted in only 4% of attacks. The U.S., Algeria and Colombia had the biggest improvements over the last ten years. Most terrorist attacks occur in a wider conflict situation. The index shows that global terrorism only started to increase after the escalation of the Iraq war. This was subsequently followed by further increasing waves of terrorism in Afghanistan and then in Pakistan eighteen months later.

In 2011, the areas most impacted by terrorism were the Middle East, India, Pakistan and Russia. There were 7473 fatalities in 2011, which is 25% less than in 2007. The study says al-Qaeda is much weakened and responsible for only one of 4,564 attacks carried out in 2011 – however correspondents say that does not include al-Qaeda’s affiliates such as those in Yemen and North Africa which are responsible for hundreds of other deaths.

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