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Big, Allied and Dangerous (BAAD)


Big, Allied and Dangerous (BAAD)

The Big, Allied and Dangerous (BAAD) online platform features updated, vetted and sourced narratives, and relationship information and social network data on 50 of the most notorious terrorist organizations in the world since 1998, with additional network information on more than 100 organizations. Funded through the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate’s Office of University Programs, the underlying BAAD database was created and is maintained by the Project on Violent Conflict at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. In addition to the data available on this portal, an extract of the Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD) Version 2.0 dataset used to create the results published in the article entitled "Crime, Conflict and the Legitimacy Tradeoff: Explaining Variation in Insurgents' Participation in Crime" is available at https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/JT6GFR.

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Group NameCountrysort descendingLethalityNumber of AlliesNumber of Rivals
Hizbul Al Islam (Somalia)Somalia14111
Islamic Courts Union (ICU)Somalia020
Al-ShabaabSomalia166371
Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA)South Sudan15020
Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA)Spain6230
Colonel Karuna FactionSri Lanka3601
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)Sri Lanka301611
Sudan Liberation MovementSudan3511
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)Sudan206210
Sudan People's Liberation Movement-NorthSudan1120
Justice and Equality Movement (JEM)Sudan25131
Eritrean Islamic Jihad Movement (EIJM)Sudan010
Free Syrian ArmySyria13402
Al-Nusrah FrontSyria30901
Runda Kumpulan Kecil (Rkk)Thailand2210
Great Eastern Islamic Raiders Front (Ibda-C)Turkey5610
Devrimici Halk Kurtulus Cephesi (Dhkp/C)Turkey1211
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)Turkey53312
Southern Mobility Movement (Yemen)Yemen1811
Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)Yemen155841