U.S. arrests more domestic terror suspects than int'l - report

Some 120 domestic terrorism suspects were arrested by the FBI in 2018, according to a report released by the Washington Post on Saturday.

March 10, 2019 16:31
Zacarias Moussaoui

Zacarias Moussaoui: A former al Qaeda operative imprisoned for life for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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One hundred and twenty domestic terrorism suspects were arrested by the FBI in 2018, according to a report released by the Washington Post on Saturday.

The number, down 30 people from 150 in 2017, is far greater than the number of people arrested for alleged ties to international extremist groups.
There were 110 people arrested in 2017 on suspicion of being inspired by foreign terrorist organizations such as Islamic State or al-Qaeda, according to figures shared with the Post showed. Of those, about 30 people faced terrorism charges in 2017 and nine faced such charges in 2018.

According to the Washington Post, since US federal law does not designate domestic groups as terrorist organizations, none of the people suspected of domestic terrorism were charged with terrorism. 

A senior law enforcement official told the Post that one in four counterterrorism suspects are detained by state and local authorities.

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