Report Says War Waning in Muslim World

By Staff | December 2, 2010 | 5:40 PM EST

United Nations (AP) - A new study says the level of armed conflict in Muslim countries is far lower than two decades ago, with support for al-Qaeda and other radical Islamist groups waning as locals reject extremism and the killing of other Muslims.

The report, released Thursday by the Canadian Human Security Research Project, also maintains the decrease occurred even though four of the world's five deadliest recent conflicts raged in predominantly Muslim Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Somalia.

Report director Andrew Mack says armed conflict in Muslim nations has waned partly because Cold War proxy battles such as the Afghanistan-Soviet Union conflict have ended and independence wars have been resolved.