terrorist groups


With the fall of the Soviet Union and the break down of traditional warfare, terrorism has become the international security threat of the 21st century. Terrorist groups have been around for a while, but 9-11 and other strikes of similar magnitude have made terrorism a major national security threat to countries worldwide.

Kinds of terrorist groups

The Terrorism Knowledge Base (the most amazing online data tool known to mankind) breaks down terrorist groups into 10 kinds: anarchist, anti-globalist, communist/socialist, environmental, leftist, nationalist/separatist, racist, religious and right-wing (conservative and reactionary). Looking at the number of injuries they're responsible for since 1968, you get a sense of how relatively dangerous they are:

source: TKB

Top 10 Groups by Fatalities

Terrorist Group
# of Fatalities
1. Al-Qaeda (International) 3460
2. Al-Qaeda Organization in the Land of the Two Rivers (Iraq) 1647
3. Hezbollah (Lebanon) 838
4. Taliban (Afghanistan) 617
5. Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 598
6. Hamas (West Bank/Gaza/Israel) 597
7. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) (Sri Lanka) 576
8. Riyad us-Saliheyn Martyrs' Brigade (Chechnya/Russia) 514
9. Armed Islamic Group (Algeria) 506
10. Ansar al-Sunnah Army (Iraq) 500

Source: (TKB)

Top Ten Groups by Incidents

Terrorist Group # of Incidents
1. Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 593
2. Hamas (West Bank/Gaza/Israel) 545
3. Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) (Spain) 415
4. Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) 399
5. National Liberation Army (Colombia) 294
6. Taliban (Afghanistan) 280
7. Al-Fatah (West Bank/Gaza/Israel) 231
8. Anti-Castro Cubans (Cuba) 211
9. Al-Qaeda Organization in the Land of the Two Rivers (Iraq) 205
10. Hezbollah (Lebanon) 180

Source: (TKB)


Blue: Religious
Orange: Nationalist/Separatist
Red: Communist/Socialist

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a random Joe (not verified) | May 8, 2010 - 3:10pm

Great Resource

I am doing a project for my Current Events class on terrorist activities over the last decade or so, and this is a wonderful resource. I would recomend it to anyone that needs to do a project.


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A Random Joe (not verified) | October 21, 2009 - 2:07pm


what happend to the KOSOVO LIBERATION ARMY, a group of albanian terrorists trying to take over serbias land. why did america take them of the list... couple years ago they were 3rd... now they arent on there...interesting.

a random Joe (not verified) | December 2, 2008 - 7:32pm

If you look at the so called

If you look at the so called "Major" Terrorist attacks that history has shown.You will see that they were carefully planned false flag operations to effect public opinion. Ask yourself how did we enter WW2? How did we enter Vietnam...how did we enter iraq. There is nothing more profitable that War for International Banker. The new world order is upon us. Im Reserving My right to Bare Arms.

a random Joe (not verified) | August 3, 2008 - 4:45pm