Rate of deaths from terrorism, worldwide except Afghanistan and Iraq

per 100,000 people, 1970–2007

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Rate of deaths from terrorism, worldwide except Afghanistan and Iraq per 100,000 people. The threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation.” For inclusion in the GTD, all three of the following criteria must be met: 1) The incident must be intentional. 2) The incident must entail some level of violence or immediate threat of violence -including property violence, as well as violence against people. 3) The perpetrators of the incidents must be sub-national actors. In addition, at least two of the following three criteria must be present for an incident to be included in the GTD: 1) The act must be aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal. 2) There must be evidence of an intention to coerce, intimidate, or convey some other message to a larger audience (or audiences) than the immediate victims. 3) The action must be outside of war.

Source: Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature (New York: Penguin Group, 2011). Pg. 352.