Study: Almost ⅔ Of US Terrorism Linked To Right Wing Extremists

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Though terrorist attacks have declined globally, in the U.S. terror-related violence appears to be on the rise.

Nearly two-thirds of terror attacks in the United States last year were perpetrated by right-wing extremists, according to a new terrorism database highlighted by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Researchers and journalists for the news site Quartz said they used data compiled by the Global Terrorism Database that has tabulated terrorist events around the world since 1970. The database is supported by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), affiliated with the University of Maryland.

“A Quartz analysis of the database shows that almost two-thirds of terror attacks in the (United States) last year were tied to racist, anti-Muslim, homophobic, anti-Semitic, fascist, anti-government, or xenophobic motivations,” its posting says.

The remaining attacks, the web site said, “were driven by left-wing ideologies … and Islamic extremism.”

On a global scale, terrorist attacks declined from 2014 to 2017 — falling from about 17,000 to 11,000, respectively — which includes incidents in the Middle East.

However, the United States has experienced a rise in terrorist activity, going from just six in 2006 to 65 in 2017.

The list includes the August 2017 incident at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a man drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring many others. The suspect, James Alex Fields, was photographed earlier that day marching with neo-Nazi hate group Vanguard America. Fields has been charged with first-degree murder and is awaiting trial in Virginia. In June, he was indicted on 30 charges of federal hate crimes related to the attack.

The list also includes attacks on a gay bar in Puerto Rico, mosques in Washington, Texas, and Florida and a “vehicle decorated with Jewish iconography in New York,” the posting said.

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