Israel was ranked 14th on an international list that assesses the frequency and
intensity of terrorist incidents and was categorized as one of sixteen
countries that have an "extreme risk."
The ranking in the 2010 edition of the
Maplecroft report, released Monday morning, sees Israel moving up three places from its 2009 ranking of 17.
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Somalia is considered to have a
greater risk of being attacked by terrorists than Iraq, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and Columbia, according to the report.
The report sees Iraq moving down to third place on the list and the
Palestinian Authority placed fifth in the Terrorism Risk Index (TRI)
list of 196 countries.
The index, which used data from June 2009 to June 2010 to assess
the frequency of terrorist incidents and the intensity of attacks, considered
Russia, Greece and Yemen to be countries where terrorism
is on the rise.
The Maplecroft report said that Somalia experienced 556 terrorist
incidents, which killed a total of 1,437 people and wounded 3,408 between
June 2009 and June 2010, the highest number of deaths from
terrorism per population in any of the countries on the list.
Yemen for the first time entered the top 16 countries
considered an "extreme risk." The country has seen a very significant
increase in the number of terrorist incidents on its own soil, the
report states, and al-Qaida is considered the primary source of
terrorism in the country.
The report also highlights that al-Qaida was behind the printer
cartridge bombs hidden on cargo planes en route to the US from Yemen in
Greece is the country that has seen the biggest change in number of terror
attacks, moving from 57th to 24th place on the list. It is now considered by
the report to be the European country most at risk of terrorist
Between June 2009 and June 2010, the country experienced 180 attacks –
more than Yemen.
Although none of the major Western powers fall under the high or
"extreme risk" categories, the US came in at number 33 with a "medium
risk" or terrorist attacks.
France came in at 44 and the United Kingdom came in at 46 on the list,
with both countries also considered at "medium risk."
Canada and Germany both came in much lower on the list and were rated
as "low risk."