Mar 9, 2019

Domestic terrorism suspects arrested more than al-Qaeda or ISIS

 Members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force stand outside of a press conference regarding the shooting that occurred at the Inland Regional Center

FBI terrorism task force members following a fatal shooting in San Bernardino, California in 2015. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The FBI arrests more domestic terrorism suspects than those allegedly involved with international terrorist groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: In 2018, the Post found that "of 263 incidents of domestic terrorism between 2010 and the end of 2017, a third— 92 — were committed by right-wing attackers." The FBI's recorded increase in domestic terror arrests comes on the heels of criticism that law enforcement hasn't paid enough attention to attacks linked to far-right extremism. In October, House Judiciary Democrats called for an emergency hearing on domestic terrorism following the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

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