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US Terrorist Attacks: International vs Domestic

The conversation about US terrorism centers mostly on attacks by foreign groups specifically Al-Qaeda but data shows that between 2011 and 2019, the US saw a surge in terrorism tied to domestic white supremacy.

The United States has a long history of confronting serious challenges from terrorists worldwide. Before I came to the U.S. to pursue a Master's degree, the conversation about terrorist attacks with my friends mostly centered around the 9/11 attacks that took more than 3,000 lives. It was not until reading this article that I realized the US has been dealing with a large number of domestic terrorist attacks, too.

I dug deeper into the recent history of terrorism and its patterns by cleaning and visualizing data from The Global Terrorism Database (GTD), which includes information on terrorist attacks around the world from 1970 through 2019.

The GTD classified an incident as a terrorist attack if it intentionally used violence or threat of violence in the pursuit of political, economic, religious or social goals. It also holds that only sub-national groups, instead of states, can commit acts of terrorism. Types of terrorist attacks include bombings, mass shootings, hijackings, etc.