May 19, 2022

New Database and Report: “Held Hostage: Analyses of Kidnapping Across Time and Among Jihadist Organizations”

Released today by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point.

From the CTC Web Site:

“Held Hostage: Analyses of Kidnapping Across Time and Among Jihadist Organizations,” a report that examines trends related to the kidnapping of Westerners by jihadist groups. The report relies on a newly gathered open-source dataset of the kidnapping of Westerners from 2001–2015, which the CTC publicly releases together with this report. We believe that the report and accompanying data will be an important resource for policymakers, practitioners, and academics interested in this area.

Direct to Full Text Report (64 pages; PDF)

Direct to Interactive/Searchable Database

Direct Download All Data:   .csv Version ||| .xlsx Version

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