Iraq

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#6
2

Communities at risk

Shi'a, Sunnis, Kurds, Turkmen, Christians, Mandaeans, Yezidis, Shabak, Faili Kurds, Bahá'ís, Palestinians

Summary

With some 8,000 civilians killed, 2013 was the bloodiest year in Iraq since 2007. Operations by the rebel Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant increased in intensity, particularly in Anbar, and car bombings ran at the rate of two a day for much of the year. Both the activities of armed groups and the… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2014 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflicts5
Major armed conflict2
Prior genocide / politicide1
Massive movement - refugees and IDPs8.8
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance10
Rise of factionalized elites9.6
Voice and Accountability-1.134
Political Stability-1.932
Rule of Law-1.497
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL20.67

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

With some 8,000 civilians killed, 2013 was the bloodiest year in Iraq since 2007. Operations by the rebel Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant increased in intensity, particularly in Anbar, and car bombings ran at the rate of two a day for much of the year. Both the activities of armed groups and the tense political situation led to a dangerous new rise in Sunni-Shi’a sectarian killing. At the same time, the situation remains precarious for many of Iraq’s smaller communities, including Chaldo-Assyrians, Yezidis and Turkmen, particularly in Ninewa, Kirkuk and other disputed areas of northern Iraq.