Report: Radical Islamists Have Killed 94 on American Soil Since 9/11

More than all other extremists combined

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An aerial view of the Pulse Orlando nightclub Sunday, June 12 / AP

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A new report shows that more than 90 people have been killed on American soil in attacks by radical Islamists since the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

A report developed by the New America Foundation and Syracuse University chronicles all of the murders committed by Islamic extremists over the last 15 years putting the number at 94 after Sunday's deadly attack by an ISIS sympathizer in Orlando. The same report says 48 people have been killed on American soil by other types of extremists.

The report includes the attacks perpetrated by Islamic terrorists in Los Angeles, Seattle, Fort Hood, Little Rock, Boston, Oklahoma City, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, San Bernardino, and Orlando. The majority of those attacks have occurred under President Obama, taking 91 lives.

The researchers used a number of factors to compile and classify their data.

"The dataset seeks to include all American citizens and residents indicted or convicted for terrorism crimes who were inspired by or associated with al Qaeda and its affiliated groups as well as those citizens and residents who were killed before they could be indicted but have been widely reported to have worked with or been inspired by al Qaeda and its affiliated groups," the authors of the report said on their website. "The dataset does not include extremists tied to violent Islamist groups that do not target the United States as part of al-Qaeda’s war, for example Hamas and Hezbollah, nor does it include individuals who were acquitted or charged with lesser crimes, for example immigration violations, that cannot be shown to involve some kind of terrorism-related crime.

"The dataset also includes individuals inspired by right-wing, left-wing, and other non-Jihadist political ideologies, who have been indicted for terrorism-related crimes. The data on non-Jihadist extremists is less developed than the data on Jihadist extremists but where available it is included to provide a comparison across ideologies. The dataset relies mainly upon court documents, wire service reports, and news reports as sources."

They cautioned that subjective determinations were necessary when putting together the report.

"We recognize that extremism is a subjective term and that the First Amendment protects the right to hold extreme political views," the researchers said. "Our dataset takes no stance on whether particular ideologies are extreme but focuses on violent extremism understood as the use of violence in pursuit of any political ideology whether that ideology is considered mainstream in the United States or not."

The New York Times and many other news outlets reported on the list after the Charleston shooting when the numbers were reversed but it has received little attention in the aftermath of the Orlando terror attack.

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Stephen Gutowski is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. He founded his own site as a junior in college and has been writing about news and politics since that time. He spent 4 years with the Media Research Center and was most recently with the Capitol City Project. His email address is Gutowski@FreeBeacon.com. His twitter handle is @StephenGutowski.

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