Lanao del Sur: 4 civilians killed, 50 injured in IS IED attack during Mass at Mindanao State University, Marawi, the Philippines, 3 Dec

Four people were killed and 50 injured in an Islamic State attack on a student Mass in Marawi, Lanao del Sur

Explosive Violence in July 2023

In July 2023, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,694 deaths and injuries from 552 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 70% (1,886) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

Report on Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Incidents for January – June 2023

The period from January to June 2023 witnessed a total of 640 incidents involving Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which accounted for 21% of all explosive weapon use during this time frame.

AOAV submits evidence to Foreign Affairs Committee Inquiry: The UK’s international counter-terrorism policy

AOAV’s written evidence submission to the Foreign Affairs Committee Inquiry: The UK’s international counter-terrorism policy

Expanding UK military partnerships: accountability and civilian harm comes under the spotlight

The Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights report highlights that the UK’s growing military partnerships risk increased civilian harm and decreased accountability, urging the need for stronger civilian harm mitigation policies.

British Government’s record on civilian casualties in Syria and Iraq questioned

An investigation by the Guardian and Airwars reveals discrepancies in the UK government’s account of civilian casualties in airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, raising questions about transparency and accountability in military operations.

UK arms exports to Afghanistan

This is a review of arms exports to Afghanistan from the UK since 2013.

Iraq: the ongoing legacy of an illegal war

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Iraq War, AOAV looks back at the war’s continuing legacy on civilian harm from explosive weapon use in the country. 

The 20th anniversary of the Iraq War: a reflection on its profound impact on British politics and global affairs

The Iraq War serves as a reminder of the perils of groupthink and the grim results of squeezing complex realities into simple narratives.

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 in February 2023

In February 2023, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,155 deaths and injuries from 469 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 53% (1,133) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

Kabul, Afghanistan: 20 killed and 40 injured in ISIS-K suicide attack, 11 Jan

20 people were killed and 40 injured in an ISIS-K suicide attack in Kabul, on 11 January 2023.