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Year Of Terror: 2016 Has Seen An Attack Almost Every Day

Only nine days have passed in 2016 without a terrorist attack happening somewhere

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A boy at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border — AFP/Getty Images
Mar 22, 2016 at 1:19 PM ET

A string of bombings ripped through Brussels Tuesday morning, claiming the lives of dozens of people and wounding hundreds. The attacks, which ISIS claimed responsibility for, add to an already deadly year of terrorism. In 2016, there have only been nine days without a significant terror attack.

In the first three months of the year, terrorists shed blood across all corners of the world. The violence rose sharply in traditionally terrorism-stricken countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, as well as the rest of the world, according to the 2015 Global Terrorism Index.

Aggregated reports show that at least 2,200 people have already died around the world due to terrorist activity as of March 22, 2016. Only one day so far in March has not been marred with a terrorist attack somewhere. Terrorist attacks with confirmed links to radical Islam account for half of the incidents so far.

Attacks claimed by or suspected to have been carried out by ISIS account for 20 percent of all terror attacks in 2016 thus far. Among these instances was the massive February 8 execution of approximately 300 police and army personnel in Iraq, where at least 34 terrorist attacks have been documented in the past 81 days. So far, the terrorist attacks claiming the most fatalities have occurred in the Middle East and Africa.

Alongside the terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, which ISIS formally claimed that same day, the group has carried out acts of vioence in Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Afghanistan. While a stabbing in France inspired by ISIS occurred in January, the Brussels bombing would be the first instance of ISIS terrorism in Europe so far this year. All told, there have been almost 40 attacks claimed by the Islamic state this year, with others attributed to them. Add in attacks by loosely affiliated or ISIS-inspired groups and that number almost doubles.