Good news as 2020 begins. In many places across the globe acts of terrorism are down. The collapse of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate across Iraq and Syria—the site of so many atrocities and mass killings—has led to a steady decline in attacks attributable to ISIS. Globally, deaths from terrorism fell for the fourth consecutive year after peaking in 2014. The total number of deaths worldwide was down 15 percent between 2017 and 2018. Still, a staggering 15,952 people were killed by acts of terror in 2018.

Global Terrorism Index and the Growing Threats from the Far-Right in the West
Members of Morocco's Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ). Photo credit: BCIJ Facebook
Mark Mahon served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer near Errachidia (2013-15).