Beyond Ukraine: since 24 February 2022, non-state actors have caused 70% of civilian casualties of explosive violence in populated areas

While Europe’s media hones in on the devastating conflict in Ukraine, parallel conflicts involving state and non-state actors go under-reported and forgotten. AOAV’s data shows that, as Ukraine burns, the world is still on fire – and civilians still suffer the brunt of explosive violence everywhere.

IS and IS-Affiliated Explosive Violence in 2022

In 2022, 27 incidents have been attributed to IS and IS-affiliated groups in English language reporting, resulting in 172 civilian casualties recorded by AOAV (41 killed and 131 injured). Nine of those incidents (33%) have taken place in April, and account for 78% (134) of recorded civilian casualties of IS and IS-affiliated violence in 2022 so far. 

Double suicide bombing in Baghdad kills 32, leaves 100-plus wounded

At least 32 people were killed and more than 100 injured by a double suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital on Thursday morning (January 21). The Islamic State Group (IS) released a statement saying the target had been Shia Muslims. It was the biggest suicide attack in Baghdad for three years. The attackers blew themselves […]

Why AOAV compared US and UK soldiers deaths in the War on Terror

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were defined by the Improvised Explosive Device (IED). These were the primary cause of death for both UK and US militaries, accounting for between half (UK) and two-thirds (US) of combat fatalities.

For All Was Lost: comparing UK & US military deaths in the War on Terror

Over the past two decades, service personnel from the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) have been deployed in operations overseas in at least 80 countries in the so-called ‘War on Terror’. Deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, launched in response to the 9/11 attacks, were by far the most substantial. The lethal cost […]

A short history of suicide bombing

This report offers a brief overview of the growth of the suicide bomber as a weapon of war, from sporadic early attempts, to the development of the situation we see today – where there are weekly incidents of suicide bombings around the world. For a more detailed review of the history of the suicide bomber, […]

RAF implicated in 16 civilian deaths from airstrikes – new evidence

The US military believes there to be “credible” evidence that RAF airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have resulted in at least 16 civilian deaths in total.

The reverberating effects of explosive violence on agriculture in Iraq

Iraq lies in the Fertile Crescent that stretches in an arc from Mesopotamia in the East to Egypt in the West, and is known by many as being ‘the cradle of civilisation’.  Here, several millennia ago, humans took their first steps in seed cultivation and the first farming techniques were developed, making Iraq the birthplace […]

The gendered effects on employment of explosive weapons. Iraq – a case study

The use of explosive weapons in Iraq has had far-reaching and devastating consequences. In March 2017, the US conducted a series of airstrikes across Mosul, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians. Nine members of one family were killed in the attacks, including children. Survivors watched Iraqi civil defence workers pull bodies from the rubble of […]

UK arms exports to Iraq

Iraq: Country overview The Republic of Iraq, with its capital of Baghdad, borders Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria. The estimated populated is around 37 million with majority adhering to Sunni, as well as Shia Islam. The current constitution defines Iraq as a democratic, federal parliamentary republic. Fuad Masum has been the country’s […]

Four years of harm: Explosive Violence Monitor 2011-2014

A terrible cost for civilians Data collected by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) shows that at least 112,000 civilians have been reported as killed or injured by explosive weapons in the last four years. Download the infographic here Between 2011 and 2014, AOAV has recorded a total of 144,545 deaths and injuries from the use […]

Explosive violence in July 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. In July 2015, AOAV recorded 4,990 casualties of explosive violence worldwide, 76% of […]