Terrorist attacks increased 9 times since ‘War on Terror’ declaration 14 years ago (interactive map)

People and Shi'ite fighters gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad © Stringer
Ever since the tragic events of 9/11 and US President George W. Bush declared a “War on Terror”, the number of attacks across the planet has increased ninefold, from 1,882 in 2001 to 16,818 in 2014, according to UMD’s Global Terrorism Database.

Number of terrorist attacks since 2001

Number of terrorist attacks:1882 in 2001 16,818 in 2014World must unite against terror.Source: Global terrorism database

Posted by RT Play on Sunday, October 11, 2015

The statistics by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland includes all global terrorist acts, from the 9/11 bombings in the US to the Hebdo attacks in France and those further afield.

French policemen stand next to funeral hearse in front of the entrance of the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo after a shooting January 7, 2015. © Philippe Wojazer

The GTD’s interactive map show that the impact of terrorism over time has increased dramatically since 2001, when the world saw 1,882 terrorist acts around the globe.

Members of the public observe the thousands of floral tributes left near the site of the Sydney cafe siege in Martin Place December 17, 2014. © Jason Reed

In five years’ time, this number grew further and reached 2,729 documented instances in 2006.

A Spanish policeman comes to the aid of victims of Madrid's train bombings in these pictures taken at Madrid's Atocha station. March 11, 2004. © Pablo Torres Guerrero

Ten years on, in 2011, with the emergence of Arab Spring uprisings in the wider Middle East and North Africa, terrorist atrocities had more than doubled in number since 2001, with 5,007 registered cases.

In 2013 five countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria – accounted for 80 percent of deaths from terrorism, according to the GTD. In 2013 alone, the world saw 11,999 terrorist attacks.

The following year, in 2014, the number increased to 16,818.

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With 2015 almost over, the new statistics are yet to emerge. However, based on recent trends, figures remain likely to increase.