- More terrorist attacks have been recorded but the number of fatalities has fallen 25 per cent since 2007
- Western Europeans were 19 times more likely to die in a terrorist attack than North Americans in the past ten years
- Only 31 of 158 countries ranked have not experienced a terrorist attack since 2001
- In 2011, terrorism had the most impact on Iraq, according to the new Global Terrorist Index
By Becky Evans
PUBLISHED: 08:56 EST, 4 December 2012 | UPDATED: 13:44 EST, 4 December 2012
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Terror: Since the 9/11 attack terrorist attacks have more than quadrupled, according to the study
The number of terrorist attacks each year has more than quadrupled in the decade since 9/11, according to a study launched today.
The Global Terrorist Index showed that in 2002 there were 982 separate attacks. By 2011 that had risen to 4,564.
Researchers suggest the U.S. military interventions pursued as part of the West’s anti-al Qaeda ‘war on terror’ may have made terrorism worse.
It also said it was impossible to prove whether the policy made the U.S homeland safer.
Despite the increase in attacks in the past ten years, the number of deaths in terrorists attacks has fallen.
It peaked in 2007 at the height of the Iraq war when 10,009 people died. That figure had fallen to 7,473 last year.
Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Yemen have been the most affected by terrorism in the past ten years.