The bulk of non-state violence in 2015 took place in Syria and Iraq, with Islamic State attacks spiking over 50 percent, IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center said on Thursday.
A total of 18,987 attacks by non-state armed groups were carried out in 2015, down 6.5% from 2014.
Almost half of these attacks took place in Syria and Iraq and 3,317 of them, or 17%, were claimed by Islamic State, according to the 2015 IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center Global Attack Index, based on open source data. IHS researched attacks from terrorist and insurgent groups worldwide.
“For the second year in a row, Islamic State was the most operationally active non-state armed group,” said Matthew Henman, head of the IHS JTIC.
“Underlining this, the total number of attacks claimed by or attributed to the group in 2015 increased by more than half and was more than six times higher than the nearest most active recorded group.”