The Armed Conflict Survey 2016 reveals that the Syrian Civil War accounted for one-third of global conflict deaths in 2015.
Death tolls have declined in world conflict zones but civilians remain pawns of armed groups, increasingly in urban areas, says the London-based think tank IISS. Its annual report highlighted problems in Central America.
The IISS Armed Conflict Survey, published on Tuesday, lists the war in Syria as the most deadly in 2016. Four African conflicts - Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Nigeria - count among the ten most lethal.
This year's edition of the Armed Conflict Survey has been released. DW's Matthias von Hein spoke with its editor about the rise of foreign fighters and how climate change could stoke conflicts around the globe.
According to a newspaper report, more than 800 Islamists have left Germany to join jihadi groups such as the so-called "Islamic State" in Syria and Iraq. At least 60 percent were German citizens.
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