Afghanistan remains 1st on Global Terrorism Index

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KABUL: On its annual World Terrorism Index for 2019, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has described Afghanistan as the ‘most terrorism affected’ country on earth.


According to the report, deaths from terrorism fell for the fifth consecutive year, after peaking in 2014. In 2019, “the total number of deaths fell by 15.5 percent to 13,826.”


Based on the IEP findings, “the largest fall in the impact of terrorism occurred in Afghanistan, which recorded 1,654 fewer deaths from terrorism in 2018, a 22.4 percent decrease from the prior year.”


“However, Afghanistan remains the country most impacted by terrorism, after overtaking Iraq in 2018.”


IEP report named the Taliban as the deadliest group on earth, saying, however, terrorist deaths attributed to the group declined by 18 percent to 4,990.


 “Afghanistan accounted for 41 percent of deaths from terrorism globally, with the Taliban being responsible for 87 percent of these fatalities,” the statement read.


Whether the peace talks in Afghanistan had a substantial impact on terrorist activity remained to be seen, added the report.


This comes as the peace negotiations in the Qatari capital of Doha are in progress for the past three months, with procedural rules having been finalized until now.


This comes as last month Afghanistan was ranked the most impacted nation by terrorism on the Global Terrorism Index 2020. Deaths caused by terrorism have declined in 2019 but the Taliban still remain the “deadliest terrorist group in the region.” About 41% of deaths are connected to terrorism incidents.