Washington (dpa) – The White House released a list of 78 terrorist
attacks, including events such as December’s deadly truck assault at
a Berlin Christmas market, that US President Donald Trump believes
The list released late Monday includes major attacks that received
extensive media coverage, such as the November 2015 attacks in Paris
which left 130 people dead.
It also includes minor incidents, sometimes in remote areas of the
world where coverage in general is spotty, in which there were no
Moreover, it omits major attacks by non-Islamic extremist
organizations, from left-wing revolutionary groups to white
Critics of the president note that he has not used Twitter to comment
on a recent attack by a far-right gunman on a mosque in Quebec,
Canda, which left six worshippers dead.
Trump did, however, call Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to express his
“What the White House appears to be asking for is non-stop coverage
of Jihadi terrorism,” said Eliot Higgings, a researcher and founder
of Bellingcat, a group which culls open-source information.
On his Twitter account, Higgins said the list appears to be “a
complaint of there not being enough fear mongering against Muslims.”
The list released to US media outlets provides the city, month, year,
target and attacker for the incidents over a 28 months period, from
September 2014 to December 2016. If there is no specific name of
attacker, the list tries to give a group name.
In addition to the Berlin attack, the list also includes major
incidents such as the July truck attack in Nice, France; the June
shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida; and the December
2015 shooting in San Bernadino, California.
On Monday, Trump claimed that terror attacks were not receiving the
media coverage they deserved.
“You’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice, all over Europe it’s
happening,” Trump said. “The very, very dishonest press doesn’t want
to report it. They have reasons and you understand that.”
Later, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the president believed
the attacks were “underreported,” rather than “unreported,” according
to the Post.
Officials gave the list of attacks to reporters hours after Trump
made the claim, according to The Hill.