The number of people killed globally by terrorists has declined for the fifth year in a row, according to the 2020 Global Terrorism Index (GTI).
From a bloody high of 32,658 in 2014, deaths from terrorist attacks worldwide fell 59 percent to 13,826.
But the GTI found that far-right attacks in Australia, New Zealand, North America and Western Europe have increased by 250 percent since 2014, and are higher now than at any other time in the last 50 years.
In 2019, sixty-three countries recorded at least one death from a terrorist attack.
Iraq, Nigeria, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, India, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Philippines rounded out the top 10.
Terrorist attacks hit the world economy by A $ 21.6 billion in 2019, a 25% decrease from the previous year.
The sub-Sahara, a hot spot for jihadist activity
ISIS-affiliated groups remain active around the world, with 27 countries rocked by at least one attack by IS or its affiliates.
Sub-Saharan Africa has been the hardest hit, with seven of the 10 countries with the highest increase in deaths from terrorism residing in the region.
The largest increase in terrorism occurred in Burkina Faso, where deaths increased by a staggering 590%.
“As we enter a new decade, we are seeing new threats of terrorism emerge,” said Steve Killelea, IEP Executive Chairman.
“The rise of the extreme right in the West and the deterioration in the Sahel are excellent examples.”
Killelea said terrorist groups sympathetic to IS could be affected in three ways: disrupting their media coverage and online networks, disrupting funding and reducing the number of sympathizers.