Racial and ethnic terrorism, particularly threats to white supremacy, “are on the rise and are spreading geographically,” according to a State Department report released on Wednesday.
“The threat posed by racially or ethnically motivated terrorism (REMT), particularly white supremacist terrorism, remained a serious challenge to the global community,” the report read.
In 2019, the world experienced a surge in white terrorism, such as the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shooting in March and the El Paso, Texas shooting in August.
White terrorist groups “increasingly target immigrants; Jewish, Muslim, and other religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and / or intersex (LGBTI) people; governments; and other perceived enemies,” the report found.
In April, the State Department first designated a white supremacist group, the Russian Imperial Movement, as a “foreign terrorist organization.”
The report also commented on threats from ISIS and other radical Islamist terrorist groups, which it said were evolving.
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Nathan Sales, the United States Ambassador-General to Combat Terrorism, told reporters that radical Islamic terrorism is now a “global network that reaches every inhabited continent.”
The state department also announced on Wednesday which is increasing the reward for information related to the whereabouts of the new ISIS leader, Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahma al-Mawla, to $ 10 million.
“We are not intimidated in our quest to bring terrorists to justice,” Pompeo told reporters on Wednesday.