Real toll of extremist attacks shown in global jihad study



Palestinian militants of the Islamic Jihad group participate in their military exercises in Deir el-Balah, the central Gaza Strip on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.
Over 5,000 people died in the name of jihad across the world during the month of November, according to a report from the BBC. In one day alone (Nov. 2) 410 people were killed in 41 separate attacks globally.
The details are the results of a study, done in conjunction with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at Kings College, that was released Thursday and presents a breakdown of the human cost of jihadi attacks
The data also shines light on a complex movement of distinct groups, according to Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at Kings College London.
"The overall picture is that of an increasingly ambitious, complex, sophisticated and far-reaching movement. Though comparisons are difficult, it seems obvious that the jihadist movement - which, only three years ago, everyone expected to be in a state of terminal decline - are stronger than ever, and that countering them will be a generational challenge,” said Neumann.
The study was not an exhaustive look at attacks across the world but rather an examination of attacks deemed to have been driven by Jihadist Ideology which the group defined as "a modern revolutionary political ideology mandating the use of violence to defend or promote a particular very narrow vision of Sunni Islam."
The data focused on violent conflict conducted by al-Qaeda groups, their affiliates and other groups with similar ideology, according to the BBC.
Based on these parameters, Iraq is the country that saw the most jihadi attacks in the month of November, reporting more than twice as many as the next country. Most of the violence was carried out by the Islamic State militant group. Nigeria also has a high death toll as a result of the attacks. The African nation is home to the militant group Boko Haram, which conducted attacks in the country over the course of the month.
Following closely behind, Afghanistan reported a similar number of deaths as Nigeria.
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On average, in the month of November, 22 jihadist attacks and 168 fatalities as a result of jihadists related violence occurred every day around the world.
The same number of attacks in Nigeria (27) compared to the death reported from the attacks (786) show the deadly nature of the violence, carried out by Boko Haram.
Jihadi-Attacks

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, were responsible for the bulk of the deaths as a result of the attacks, according to the report. Almost half of all of the people killed were killed by ISIS militants. The al-Qaeda break away group, known for kidnapping several western journalists and civilians, was responsible for 2,208 deaths in 308 separate attacks, making up 44 percent of all casualties documented in the report.
The chart below shows the breakdown of the deaths attributed to each group. Behind Islamic State, Boko Haram is responsible for 801 deaths globally, the Taliban follows with 702, and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was deemed responsible for 410 deaths.
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IMAGE:ASSOCIATED PRESS
A detailed account of the methodology behind the project can be found here.




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