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Report: Homegrown terrorism is on the decline after a two-year spike


A recently released report compiled by the House Homeland Security Committee revealed that homegrown terrorism attacks since 9/11 have reached a two-year low in 2017 thus far. In 2015, the House committee reported 44 attacks on U.S. soil, 38 in 2016, and 9 in 2017.

That brings the total number of homegrown terrorist attacks since 9/11 to 209--132 of which were ISIS-inspired. 

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Besides providing a snapshot into America's challenges with eradicating terrorism, the report also noted the number of jihadist attacks in the West since the group's inception in 2013. A total of 199 ISIS-linked attacks have been counted to attack the West or its allies. Twenty-one of those attacks occurred in the first four months of 2017 alone. 

The House Committee's May report, which is released monthly, comes after the Trump administration authorized the United States' first military against against Bashar al Assad and his troops since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011. The operation was in response to an April chemical attack launched by Assad that killed roughly 80.

“President Trump’s recent decisive action against ISIS in Syria shows that the United States will no longer turn a blind eye to terrorism or atrocities against innocent civilians," Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said. "But as we near the alarming 200-mark for ISIS-linked plots against the West, there is a noticeable shift in the group’s directives."

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