A new report by Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, a British non-profit set up by former British PM Tony Blair, has revealed that 121 groups that share elements from a common Islamist ideology caused the deaths of 84,000 people – nearly 22,000 of them civilians – in 66 countries in 2017.
The “Global Extremist Monitor,” a project of Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, drew on hundreds of English-language news sources that reported on incidents of violent extremism in 2017. There were a total of 7,841 attacks, with an average of 21 per day, in 48 countries, it said, with war-torn Syria topping the list of countries most affected by violent extremism. Overall, Muslims were the most frequent victims of deadly Islamist attacks.
Twenty-nine violent Islamist groups were actively engaged in conflict in Syria in 2017, the report said, with ISIS responsible for 44% of all reported attacks. Half of all civilian fatalities recorded globally were documented in Syria. As many as 64 of the world’s Islamist extremist groups are active outside major conflict zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Beyond the major conflicts, groups operating in Egypt, Mali, Nigeria and Pakistan make these countries among the world’s ten deadliest for violent Islamist extremism, according to the report.