Study: U.S. at ‘Low’ Risk of Terror Attack
In an era of terrorist plots and WMD proliferation, this news may come as a slight relief: Among countries with the highest risk of terrorist attacks, the United States ranks “relatively low,” according to a new study.
The University of Maryland collected data on 104,000 instances of terrorism in 158 nations, and ranked the likelihood of each country witnessing a terrorist attack within its borders.
Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan earn the top positions. The U.S. slides in at No. 41.
“In global terms, this is a relatively low level of activity,” according to the study, first reported by The Washington Times .
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“North America is the least-likely region to be involved in a terrorist attack, though this is not the general impression among many of its residents,” says Steve Killelea with the Institute for Economics and Peace, which published the study using statistics and analysis from the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism .