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Monday, 19th January 2015

The New Jihadism: A Global Snapshot

Source: International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (UK)

From Executive Summary:

The aim of this project was to produce a global snapshot of jihadist violence by recording all the reported deaths that were caused by jihadist groups and networks during the month of November 2014.

This task was made possible by combining the vast intellectual, journalistic and professional resources of the BBC World Service, BBC Monitoring, and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR).

The findings illustrate the enormous human suffering caused by jihadist violence. Over the course of just one month, jihadists carried out 664 attacks, killing 5,042 people – the equivalent of three attacks per day on the scale of the London bombings in July 2005.

While comparisons to earlier periods are difficult, the overall picture is that of an increasingly ambitious, complex, sophisticated and far-reaching movement – one that seems to be in the middle of a transformation:

Geography: Though Islamic State is the most deadly group and the conflict in Syria and Iraq the ‘battle zone’ with the largest number of recorded fatalities, jihadist groups carried out attacks in 12 other countries. In just one month, they were responsible for nearly 800 deaths each in Nigeria and Afghanistan, as well as hundreds in Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan.

Victims: Excluding the jihadists themselves, 51 per cent of jihadist fatalities were civilian. If government officials, policemen and other non-combatants are included, the figure rises to 57 per cent. Based on context and location, the vast majority of victims is Muslim.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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