Key Takeaways in Asia:
- The usual pattern of conflict, in which mainly civilian/social spheres and military personnel are targeted, is continuing.
- In the southeast side of the continent, the main targets remain to be military personnel. The intensity and frequency of violent attacks are low but consistent.
Key Takeaways in Middle East:
- Civilians/Social Spheres are the most targeted as 69.5% of all attacks are directed at this target type. The second most targeted actor is Militia/Terrorists/ Non-State Armed Groups with an 8.6% attack ratio.
- This indicates, apart from conflict between state apparatuses and terrorist organisations, a contention is also existent between regional non-state armed groups.
- When it comes to attack types, a variety of methods are utilized in the region, however, IED and mortar attacks are the generally preferred types.
- The Middle East has a higher percentage of conflict in urban settings compared to many of the other regions.
- The fact that DAESH is the most active terrorist organisation in terms of attack numbers indicates that the region is still under the risk of intensive DAESH activities and DAESH is still a remaining threat that needs to be kept under surveillance.
Key Takeaways in South America:
- Compared to the previous months, the situation remains to be highly similar. The low number of attacks and casualties indicates the existence of a low-intensity conflict.
- Additionally, the conflict between different non-governmental organisations indicates that the conflict in the region is multifaceted.
- With 36.4% of attacks taking place in urban settings, the South American region has the highest conflict rate in its urban settings.
Key Takeaways in Africa:
- In the third month of the year, Somalia maintains its position as the most tumultuous state in the East Africa region. It is the host of 92% of all terrorist incidents.
- Just like the previous months, the attacks continue to occur mainly in rural settings with a high variety of attack types and target types.
- There is no tendency towards utilizing a single type of attack type, and a variety of methods are used by the terrorist organisations in the region. Nevertheless, it can be said that IED attacks, assassinations, raids, and armed reactions are the main methods utilized in the region.
- Target types are also diverse, but it can be seen from the data that military units and facilities correspond to the biggest percentage of target types.
- Although the percentage is small, contrary to the previous month, the region also hosted a conflict among non-state armed groups.
- In the west side of the continent, similar to the previous month, civilians continue to constitute the highest percentage of targets in the region, and it is followed by military units.
- Additionally, the region continues to experience conflict between non-state violent actors as well, although it corresponds to a small percentage of violent acts in the region. Hence, the multifaceted nature of the conflict in the region remains.
- Cameroon remains to be the state that is mostly affected by violent attacks in the region.
- Raids remain to be the most resorted method of violence; however, a large spectrum of methods is existent in the region.
- West Africa remains to be the region that suffers the most from kidnappings.