President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday suspending entry into the United States for people from seven predominantly Muslim nations for 90 days. Those seven nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — have produced 7 percent of all the Muslim terrorists who have carried out terrorist attacks in the United States since September 2001.
Not a single person has died in any of the attacks perpetrated in the United States by terrorists from the seven blocked countries since 2001.
Thus, countries unaffected by Trump’s travel ban have produced 93 percent of the perpetrators of terror attacks — and all of the deaths from terror attacks — in the United States in the last 15 years.
Of these seven countries, only Iran and Somalia have produced anyone who has perpetrated an act of terrorism in the United States.
In 2006, Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, a naturalized American citizen born in Tehran, Iran, plowed a Jeep into a crowd of people on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “to punish the government of the United States.” No one died in the attack. Nine people were injured, but none of them seriously. Taheri-azar was arrested and now resides in prison.
In 2016, Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan injured 13 people — none critically — when he drove a Honda Civic into a group of people on the campus of Ohio State University. Artan then got out of his car and stabbed people with a butcher knife. Police on the scene then shot and killed him.
Also in 2016, Dahir Adan, a Kenya-born Somali immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen, armed himself with a pair of steak knives and entered the Crossroads Center shopping mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Adan then stabbed — and punched — 10 people. Victims who were hospitalized were all released by the next day. An off-duty police officer shot and killed Adan inside a Macy’s store.
Taheri-azar, Artan and Adan are the only three Muslims from the seven nations covered by Trumps’ executive order to commit terrorist acts in the United States since September 2001.
The other 40 Muslim terrorists came from predominantly Muslim countries for which Trump has not suspended entry into the United States — or they were born and raised in the United States. (And one, Richard Reid, came from Great Britain.)
Trump’s executive order does not affect immigrants and visitors from any of the countries from which these 40 — out of 43 — Muslim terrorists came. The unaffected countries which have sent terrorists to the United States include Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Guinea.
On Wednesday, ABC News anchor David Muir asked Trump “about some of the countries that won’t be on the list: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia…”
“You’re going to see. You’re going to see,” Trump responded. “We’re going to have extreme vetting in all cases. And I mean extreme. And we’re not letting people in if we think there’s even a little chance of some problem.”
“You look at what happened in the World Trade Center, okay?” Trump also said. “I mean, take that as an example. People don’t even bring that up.”
A huge majority of the terrorists who perpetrated the September 11 bombing of the World Trade Center came from Saudi Arabia, a nation which is notably not among the seven under Trump’s travel ban.
With 16 terrorists, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the foreign country which has produced the highest number of people who have committed terrorist acts in the United States.
Fifteen of the terrorists from Saudi Arabia participated in the September 11 terror attacks: Abdulaziz al-Omari, Wail al-Shehri, Waleed al-Shehri, Satam al-Suqami, Mohand al-Shehri, Hamza al-Ghamdi, Ahmed al-Ghamdi, Hani Hanjour, Khalid al-Mihdhar, Majed Moqed, Nawaf al-Hazmi. Salem al-Hazmi, Ahmed al-Haznawi, Ahmed al-Nami and Saeed al-Ghamdi. All of them died during the attacks, along with nearly 3,000 innocent people.
Tashfeen Malik, one of the perpetrators of the deadly 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, was born in Pakistan but lived most of her life in Saudi Arabia before entering the United States on a fiancée visa. Malik’s partner in terror, Syed Rizwan Farook, was born in Chicago to parents who had immigrated from Pakistan.
Several other foreign countries have produced one or two terrorists who committed terrorist acts on foreign soil since September 2001.
Pakistan has produced two terrorists who operated in the United States if you count Malik. She did spend some time there. The other Pakistani terrorist is Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan. In 2010, Shahzad unsuccessfully attempted to detonate a car bomb in Times Square in New York City.
Egypt has produced two terrorists who operated in the United States. Mohamed Atta, a ringleader of the September 11 attacks, was born in a small town in the Nile Delta and grew up in Cairo. In 2002, Egyptian national Hesham Mohamed Hadayet opened fire at the El Al ticket counter at the Los Angeles International Airport, killing two people.
The United Arab Emirates also produced two U.S.-attacking terrorists. Marwan al-Shehhi and Fayez Banihammad were both participants in the September 11 attacks.
Another September 11 terror attack perpetrator, Ziad Jarrah, came from Lebanon.
In its official capacity as a nation, Kyrgyzstan has produced two Muslim terrorists who operated in the United States. Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Martathon bombers of 2013 killed three people including an eight-year-old boy, appear to have been born in Central Asian country. The Muslim brothers professed allegiance to Chechnya, though. Also, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was an American citizen by the time of the bombing and Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s application for U.S. citizenship was in progress. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was also a Russian citizen.
Afghanistan, Nigeria, Kuwait, Great Britain and Guinea and have each provided one person who has committed a terrorist act in the United States since September 2001.
In 2016, Ahmad Khan Rahimi planted a series of explosive devices in the New York metropolitan area. Two of them went off and 31 people were injured. Rahimi, a native of Afghanistan who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2011, was later arrested during a shootout with police.
On Christmas Day in 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian, tried to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. The Underwear Bomber is the son of a wealthy Nigerian banker.
In 2015, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a naturalized American citizen born in Kuwait, died in a pitched gun battle with police after he killed four U.S. Marines in attacks on military recruiting facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In 2001, Richard Colvin Reid, the Shoe Bomber, tried to detonate explosives he had packed in his shoe while on a flight from Paris to Miami. The career criminal converted to Islam while serving a stint in prison as a younger man. He was born in Britain to a British mother and a Jamaica-born father.
In 2016, machete-wielding Mohamed Barry from Guinea went on a rampage in a Christian-owned Middle Eastern deli in Columbus, Ohio. The self-radicalized Muslim terrorist injured four people. Then there was a car chase. Then, police killed him.
The United States itself has created a very large number of Muslim terrorists — lagging just behind Saudi Arabia for second place.
In 2009, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire in an attack at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Hasan, an Army Medical Corps psychiatrist, killed 13 people. He was born in Arlington County, Virginia to parents who had immigrated to the U.S. from the Palestinian territories. The U.S. government has steadfastly refused to call Hasan’s militant slaughter a terrorist attack.
Also in 2009, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, a black Muslim convert born in Memphis as Carlos Leon Bledsoe, killed one soldier and injured another in a drive-by shooting targeting a U.S. military recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas. Muhammad had worked as an English teacher for 16 months in Yemen.
In 2014, a Zale H. Thompson, an American-born recent convert to Islam who enjoyed visiting terror-promoting websites such as al-Shabaab and ISIS, attacked four New York City police officers with an 18-inch metal hatchet. Two officers were seriously injured in the hatchet attack. A female bystander was inadvertently shot before police killed Thompson.
In 2014, a Muslim man named Ismaaiyl Brinsley brutally murdered two New York City police officers, apparently out of revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of police. The Brooklyn-born Brinsley eventually shot himself to death on a subway platform. His abandoned YouTube channel contained a video showing him heading to pray at Brooklyn’s Masjid At Taqwa, a mosque that has been linked to terrorist activity.
In 2015, Elton Simpson, a dental office employee born in Illinois, and Nadir Hamid Soofi, a failing businessman born in Texas (and partially raised in Pakistan), shot a security guard outside of the first inaugural “Draw the Prophet” contest at an event center in Garland, Texas. A third man, Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, who was born Decarus Lowell Thomas in Philadelphia, allegedly supplied the attackers with a large cache of weapons which they were unable to use.
Omar Mateen, the Hillary Clinton-supporting Muslim terrorist who massacred 49 people inside a gay nightclub in Orlando in 2016, was born in New York to parents who had immigrated to the United States from Afghanistan.
In 2006, Naveed Afzal Haq, an American with parents from Pakistan who opened fire at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle building, killing one.
Esteban Santiago, the New Jersey-born man who killed five people at an airport terminal in Fort Lauderdale earlier this month, reportedly walked into the FBI field office in Anchorage, Alaska in November and told officials he was being forced to fight for ISIS. The FBI told a judge at a bond hearing that Santiago had killed on behalf of ISIS.
Some reports have suggested that Baton Rouge-born John Allen Muhammad was an admirer of al-Qaeda. He probably was. However, Muhammad and his protégé, Lee Boyd Malvo, seem to have been working largely toward their own personally bizarre ends.
Trump’s executive order, effective immediately, also bars Syrian refugees from the U.S. until their admission into the country is deemed “consistent with the national interest.”
The Department of Homeland Security will comply with court rulings, made after Trump’s order, which protect certain travelers from the seven targeted nations from deportation.
Trump’s order was initially interpreted to include green card holders, or permanent residents. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus walked this back Sunday and said that green card holders will be allowed to enter the U.S., before adding that immigration officials have “discretionary authority” to detain suspicious travelers.