This year’s Global Terrorism Index showed a continuing trend of a decline in terrorism, with deaths from terrorism falling for the third consecutive year, after peaking in 2014. The total number of deaths fell by 27% between 2016 and 2017, with the largest falls occurring in Iraq and Syria. The overall trend of a decline in terrorism deaths reflects the increased emphasis placed on countering terrorism around the world since the surge in violence in 2013. However, whilst the GTI finds that the global impact from terrorism is on the decline, it also shows that terrorism is still widespread, and even getting worse in some regions.

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By the numbers

$52BN: Total global economic impact of terrorism 
94: Number of countries that recorded improvements in the Index 
27%: Decline in terrorism deaths compared to 2016
5: Number of countries that recorded over 1000 deaths from terrorism.
46: Number of countries that deteriorated in the GTI
487: Number of people killed in 2017’s worst terrorist attack