A new report from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change determined that at least 84,023 people in 66 countries across the globe died as a result of violent Islamist Extremism in 2017.
Among the key findings:
- Violent Islamist extremism is a global problem
- Intentional attacks on civilians killed over 6,000 people
- Countries most affected: Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Mali, Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan
- Executions and suicide attacks are common tactics
- Many women orchestrate deadly attacks against civilians
- Syria remains the epicenter for violent Islamist extremism
The solution, the report said, is to fight the underlying ideology behind the attacks:
Ideology is the greatest tool for the global jihadi movement. The long-term fight against it will need a comprehensive, multifaceted strategy.
Tony Blair said:
Security measures will be vital. But security alone will never be enough. It will only slow the violence. Unless there is a global will to meet the depth of the challenges, the ideology of Islamism will grow—and with it, the violence. It is time to act.
Watch: Violent Islamist extremism is a global threat, which saw thousands killed in 2017. Each year, our Global Extremism Monitor will track this threat and efforts to counter it. Read our first annual report here: https://t.co/iqclktSlmt— Tony Blair Institute (@InstituteGC) September 12, 2018
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