“The Latest Wave of Terrorism Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better” -Newsweek

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Summary: ” How Terrorism is Changing Terrorist ideologies are becoming more religiously extreme. In 2005, attacks began to rise up dramatically, increasing over with the next decade by more than 15 times in frequency, and more than nine times in lethality, with around 40,00 total deaths from terrorism in 2015. Twice as numerous people die during religious terrorist hostage-takings than political terrorist hostage-takings. In the 1990s, a group of scholars pointed out the rise up of what they dubbed “new terrorism.” New terrorists, these scholars argued, tend to be religiously motivated—and, because religious terrorists are on most occasions more interested in killing outsiders than causing political change, they tend to be even more lethal. The GTD shows that the risk of terrorism has increased dramatically over with the long term, almost all acutely in the last couple decades, as religious terrorism became predominant globally and most harmful, even in countries such as the U.S., just where religious terrorism isn’t predominant in frequency. In the early 200s, terrorist attacks worldwide remained steady at about 1,00 per year, although average lethality was increasing. We also found that these religiously motivated terrorists are more lethal fighters than old terrorists, and are more willing to kill. The New(est) Terrorists While the new terrorists prioritized spectacular lethality in long-planned hijackings, or bombings of mass transit, offices or hotels, the “newest” terrorists encourage more frequent active violence, hostage-takings, and kidnappings. For instance, according to our calculations, over with 46 years of data, hostages taken by religious terrorists were released only 31 percent of the time. The characteristics of religious terrorism become trends among terrorists in general, as secular terrorists shift to the latest technologies, methods, and even intents. For each and every of 8,294 hostage crises from 1970 through 2015, and all 80,676 terrorist events from 2004 through 2015, we coded the perpetrators as, either religious, or secular terrorists. We found that newest terrorists pick and pick out more public targets, such as theaters, and shopping malls, theoretically in pursuit of higher lethality and terror. Subscribe Religious terrorists are also more willing to die to maximize the harm to their targets. For instance, in February 2013, a Marxist Kurdish separatist group carried out its first of all suicide bombing—on the U.S. More than twice as numerous religious terrorists as political terrorists die per hostage-taking event. James Stewart, Aarefah Mosavi, and I at the University of California Berkeley have analyzed what we term the “newest terrorism.” Our forthcoming book, “Countering New(est) Terrorism,” offers the first of all big data analysis of new/religious versus old/secular-political terrorism. The newest terrorists aim to kill as numerous people as possible, as frequently as possible, as horrifically as possible, intimately, suicidally, with the almost all accessible weapons, in the most accessible public spaces.”

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