The true price of Syrian desert truffles is blood: a story of delicacies, landmines and destruction

In Hama city market, desert truffles can sell for up to $5 and $10 a kilo, but their true price is higher still.

Explosive Violence: Projections for 2023

Analysis of the explosive violence which characterised 2022 paints a bleak picture for the year to come.

Over 15 killed and 20 injured in explosion at a religious school in Aybak, Afghanistan, 30 Nov

On 30 November, over 15 civilians were killed and 20 injured when a bomb exploded in a religious school in Aybak.

10 killed and 20 injured in IED explosion near a football stadium, Baghdad, Iraq 29 Oct

10 people were killed and over 20 injured in east Baghdad, on Saturday 29 Oct, when an IED planted underneath a vehicle detonated and caused a nearby gas tanker to explode.

24 killed and 33 injured in Afghanistan over the past four days, 2 and 5 Sept.

A weekend of violence has seen at least 24 people killed and 33 injured across two separate incidents in Afghanistan. 

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on extremist groups’ use of Improvised Explosive Devices

Based on IED data collected over the last decade, AOAV finds that, globally, incidents of IED attacks decreased by 12% from 2019 to 2020.

Four Explosions in Afghanistan Kill At Least 16 People On Wednesday 25 May

Four bombs exploded in Afghanistan on Wednesday 25 May, leaving 16 people dead and over 33 injured. Three of the attacks have been claimed by ISIS. This is the latest in a string of explosive violence incidents in Afghanistan since April, many of which have been claimed by ISIS.

IS and IS-Affiliated Explosive Violence in 2022 in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan

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. 

Six Killed and 28 Injured in IS-Affiliated Suicide Attacks In Taraba (Nigeria)

Two suicide attacks in Nigeria’s typically more peaceful Middle Belt state of Taraba have been claimed by ISWAP. Both attacks, one in the rural community of Iware, and the other in Jalingo, the state’s capital, seem to have been targeting drinking establishments. These latest incidents are a symptom of the spreading Islamist insurgencies that have been active in Nigeria’s northeast for over a decade, as IS-affiliated groups expand their operational areas.