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Afghanistan becomes world's deadliest country for terrorism

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NBC News

Afghanistan becomes world's deadliest country for terrorism, overtaking Iraq

Worldwide deaths linked to terrorism fell for the third consecutive year, but Islamic State remained the group that killed the most people.

By Alastair Jamieson

Afghanistan has overtaken Iraq to become the world’s deadliest country for terrorism, according to a report released Wednesday.

One-quarter of all worldwide terrorism-related deaths during 2017 occurred in Afghanistan, according to the latest Global Terrorism Index. It cited a surge in attacks by the Taliban and the Islamic State group.

America's longest war began after the 9/11 attacks when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and toppled the ruling Taliban, which was sheltering Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The country still hosts around 14,000 U.S. troops, although President Donald Trump has expressed impatience with the military mission.

In total, Afghanistan endured 4,653 fatalities across 1,168 terrorist incidents last year, the report said. The Taliban was responsible for 77 percent of them.

However, worldwide deaths linked to terrorism fell for the third consecutive year, according to the report published by the Australian-based Institute for Economics and Peace think tank.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna942086