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The Road to Orlando: Jihadist-Inspired Violence in the West, 2012-2016 | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

The Road to Orlando: Jihadist-Inspired Violence in the West, 2012-2016 | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

This analysis of 47 cases of jihadist-inspired violence carried out in Western countries between January 1, 2012, and the June 12, 2016, Orlando attack sheds light on the evolving terrorist threat. The data shows that the Syrian civil war and the rise of the Islamic State have coincided with an increase in the number of attacks, with more than half of all violent incidents taking place in France and the United States. Notwithstanding the recent attacks in Paris and Brussels, most attacks were carried out by individuals with no direct ties to overseas terrorist groups and were low-tech and relatively ineffectual.

Source: The Road to Orlando: Jihadist-Inspired Violence in the West, 2012-2016 | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point