I recently came across GDELT which monitors broadcast, print and web news from all over the world to identify key events, people and organisations. The database goes back to 1979 and is updated daily.

Out of interest, I did a quick query using the GDELT Analysis Service looking for news stories covering Iraq and mentioning terrorism, violent unrest, suicide attacks or ISIS. The image below shows the event timeline generated, displaying the data available between 1st January 2014 and 1st May 2015.

The timeline shows a relatively small increase in reported events in January 2014. Interestingly, this coincides with ISIS establishing itself in Fallujah. There is then a considerable increase in June 2014, likely caused by the major offensive on Mosul, Ramadi and other areas of northern Iraq. Perhaps as the US and the International Coalition became more involved in the conflict, reporting picked up again in August. I haven’t had a chance to properly explore the data but definitely one to watch!

Timeline-Iraq

Image: GDELT timeline of events that mention Iraq and terrorism, violent unrest, suicide attacks or ISIS between January 2014 and May 2015. You can generate your own timeline here.

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