State Dept’ report shows continued terror from White Supremacists as well as Iran

07 Jul 2020

The State Department recently released its annual report outlining terrorism across the world, detailing the rising terror threats from white supremacists as well as the Iranian regime. The report comes after the State Department’s designation of the White Supremacist group Russian Imperial Movement as a foreign terrorist organization, effectively barring U.S. individuals from supporting it.

“Violence (is) both on the rise and spreading geographically, as white supremacist and nativist movements and individuals increasingly target immigrants; Jewish, Muslim, and other religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or intersex (LGBTI) individuals; governments; and other perceived enemies," the report said.

“The threat posed by racially or ethnically motivated terrorism, particularly white supremacist terrorism, remained a serious challenge for the global community,” the report said. The report noted numerous such attacks in 2019, including in New Zealand, Germany and the United States.

The report also highlights the continued efforts of the Iranian regime to finance terrorism around the globe. “The Iranian regime and its proxies continued to plot and commit terrorist attacks on a global scale,” states the report’s foreword. “In the past, Tehran has spent as much as $700 million per year to support terrorist groups, including [Hezbollah] and Hamas…”

At a press conference on 24 June about the 2019 Country Reports on Terrorism, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for “the Islamic Republic of Iran to behave like a normal nation.”