Country close-up: Iraq on the Global Terrorism Index

After a long history of conflict, the impact of terrorism in Iraq is shifting.

For the first time since 2003, the latest Global Terrorism Index shows that Iraq did not have the largest impact of terrorism in 2019, and Afghanistan is now the most impacted country.

Due to the decline of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Iraq experienced the largest fall in the number of deaths from terrorism in 2018 with the number of deaths lowering from 4,271 in 2017 to 1,054 in 2018 – a 75 per cent decrease.

The fall in deaths in Iraq is particularly noticeable given its recent history of conflict. Since the peak of violence in 2014, deaths from terrorism in Iraq have fallen by just -over 90 per cent.

There has also been a fall in terror-related incidents, dropping to 1,131, from 1,956 in 2017. The lethality of attacks continues to fall significantly, with 0.9 deaths per attack in 2018, compared to 2.2 deaths per attack in 2017.

Since 2001, there have been 66,573 deaths from terrorism in Iraq.