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Al-Qaeda, ISIS, IRA...the complete list of terrorist groups in the US

As the riots spread throughout the United States, president Donald Trump promises to ‘stop mob violence cold’ and promises there will be no anarchy in the country.

Al-Qaeda, ISIS, IRA...the complete list of terrorist groups in the US
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After another night of rioting in many US cities, president Donald Trump promised to ‘stop mob violence cold’ and promises there will be no anarchy in the country. While some are protesting demanding justice over Floyd’s death, others are taking advantage of the situation by looting stores and rubbing businesses.

The White House has remained in lockdown since Friday as protesters tried to scale walls and Trump is blaming Antifa (Anti-fascists) for sparking violent protests over Floyd’s death across the nation. The president used his social media that he will stop ‘mob violence cold.’

George Floyd protest damage in BuffaloMay 30, 2020 - Buffalo, New York, United States: The city of Buffalo, New York, police stayed busy as a peaceful protest honoring the death of George Floyd turning violent later in the evening at the hands of protesters from Western New York. George Floyd, an African-American man, was killed in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, when Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. (Dan Cappellazzo/Contacto) 30/05/2020 ONLY FOR USE IN SPAIN

According to Trump the violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical left wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses and burning down buildings. He went as far as labelling the Antifa movement as a domestic terrorist organization.

“These are ‘Organized Groups’ that have nothing to do with George Floyd. Sad!” Trump tweeted Saturday in describing the rioters. “It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don’t lay the blame on others!” He later claimed in a further post, that The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

Terrorist groups in the US

Currently the US government has identified 79 active foreign terrorist groups with the listing including the likes of HAMAS, ISIS, The IRA, Hezbollah with one of the key criteria to be declared a terrorist organisation being: The organization’s terrorist activity or terrorism must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security (national defence, foreign relations, or the economic interests) of the United States.

A full listing of the terrorist groups as identified by the US Department of State can be found here.

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